Champions / Executive Leadership

  • Monitors the external and internal factors affecting the business
  • Defines business strategy
  • Communicates the plan for business success
  • Champions Lean Six Sigma vision
  • Establishes improvement priorities and targets
  • Provides and aligns resources (Sponsors, Black Belts / Green Belts), ensures cross functional collaboration
  • Establishes accountability for results
  • Role modeling appropriate behaviors, change leader
  • Integrates Lean Six Sigma into business direction & plan
  • Markets Lean Six Sigma program and results

Process Owners

  • Assists in identifying potential Lean Six Sigma projects
  • Approves and supports projects
  • Provides resources to serve as team members and subject mater experts (SMEs) on projects
  • Approves changes in project scope and removes barriers
  • Owns the solution delivered by the Lean Six Sigma project team
  • Responsible for supporting implementation of improvement actions

Project Sponsors

  • Provides and aligns resources (Black Belts / Green Belts, Team Members), ensures cross functional collaboration
  • Establishes improvement priorities, targets and accountability for results
  • Role modeling appropriate behaviors, change leader
  • Ensures project is aligned with department and strategic objectives
  • Approves all phases of Lean Six Sigma projects
  • Ensures project deliverables are being maintained and project is on time and on budget
  • Approves changes in scope of the Lean Six Sigma project, removes barriers
  • Markets Lean Six Sigma program and results

Master Black Belt

  • Part time or full time position
  • Provides expertise on Lean Six Sigma tools and techniques, including project management and change management
  • Provides strategic direction to leadership and project team
  • Identifies Lean Six Sigma projects critical to achieving business goals
  • Is ultimately accountable for project success
  • Serves as main champion during change implementation
  • Identifies, trains, coaches and evaluates Black Belts / Green Belts and Team Members
  • Ensures cross functional & cross team collaboration
  • Acts as Lean Six Sigma advisor to Champions, Sponsors and Process Owners

Black Belt

  • Full time position
  • Provides direction and leadership for project team, manages interproject communications
  • Delivers results through application of Lean Six Sigma methodologies
  • Provides skills training when needed
  • Accountable for reporting project progress and coordinating communication to project stakeholders
  • Maintains all documentation from project, prepares and submits deliverables
  • Manages implementation of solutions, ensures transition of improved process to the business
  • Acts as a change catalyst

Green Belt

  • Part time position
  • Provides direction and leadership for project team, manages interproject communications
  • Delivers results through application of Lean Six Sigma methodologies
  • Provides skills training when needed
  • Accountable for reporting project progress and coordinating communication to project stakeholders
  • Maintains all documentation from project, prepares and submits deliverables
  • Manages implementation of solutions, ensures transition of improved process to the business
  • Acts as a change catalyst

Project Team Members

  • Part time position
  • Team player in application of Lean Six Sigma methodologies
  • Provides expertise and feedback to the project team
  • Is responsible for tasks within the team action plan
  • Delivers regular updates to team on status of action steps
  • Acts as a change catalyst

Subject Matter Experts (SME)

  • As needed position
  • Provides subject matter expertise and feedback to the project team
  • Acts as a change catalyst

Finance Analysts (also a SME)

  • Part time role
  • Responsible for providing financial support to Lean Six Sigma deployment
  • Provides standard, consistent guidelines for Lean Six Sigma project valuation
  • Provides financial savings forecast for potential Lean Six Sigma projects
  • Estimate project savings during the Lean Six Sigma project execution
  • Track / validate actual project savings after project closure

 

To learn more:

Lean Six Sigma White Belt Certification
Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification
Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification
Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification
Master Black Belt Certification