Lean Six Sigma is fetching high paying jobs for non-tech graduates. Prime requirements will include gaining analytical skills and eye for details. These coupled with data analysis will create a skill, highly sought after, by the future of work.
A world that is fast changing, needs new skills to meet newer demands. As a result, old school thoughts are becoming obsolete and new methods of work are replacing the old ones. One such skill that can take you to the next level in your organization is the knowledge of six sigma. Proper implementation reduces defects, thus increasing profitability of the company, in turn making you a highly paid employee. Two skills that you need to have, are being detail oriented and being good with analytical skills. Both these skills can be acquired.
Before getting into a line it is important to understand whether you posses the required skills. If not then I suggest you do something to acquire them. Nothing is impossible!
Learning is boring. But what happens when you learn through games? It makes learning fun. Learning through video games is a great way is a great way to do so. The best part is that you can play after office for recreation. One such game that focuses on these 2 skills to win is “Man of Medan”. I have pointed out 3 instances where taking the right decision was important in the game. Sometimes there is no right or wrong. For example, can you say for the fact, that if the man would have shot the cupboard you would have won? Not really. You have to do it, and then see the result. That’s the same kind of uncertainty that you will see in a business. In the field of Six Sigma where you initiate a project and expect a target outcome similar skills are required. Let us dive deep into it.
What is six sigma?
Six Sigma (6σ) is a disciplined, data-driven approach and methodology for eliminating defects leading to process improvement. You may wonder when tools of six sigma were first used. Well, it was introduced by American engineer Bill Smith while working at Motorola in 1986. Post this, Jack Welch made it central to his business strategy at General Electric in 1995. Six sigma emphasizes cycle-time improvement while at the same time reducing manufacturing defects to a level of no more than 3.4 occurrences per million opportunities. In other words, the system is a method to work faster with fewer mistakes.
In recent years, Six Sigma has evolved into a more general business-management philosophy, focused on meeting customer requirements, improving customer retention, and improving and sustaining business products and services. The tools and techniques apply to all industries.
I just looked at the number of six sigma jobs in India. The number is 8648. Salary mostly is around Rs 100,000. As per 2018 records salary of six sigma green belt holder can be upwards of $104,099 in USA. That number has also gone up significantly due to the impact of Covid on the industry. Some of the companies that hire these professionals are Genpact, Accenture, Amazon, HCL Technologies and many more.
Now, let me tell you why I think that this stream of study will gain popularity. Why do I think that in the coming days using 6 sigma tools can become a mandate?
Businesses are constantly moving towards cutting edge technology and innovation. We now have departments like operations transformation that are looking for newer ways of process redesigning. Even AI and ML are being used wherever possible to fill up the gaps that are identified as areas of opportunity. Covid has acted as a booster for six sigma professionals as companies try to embrace automation even further.
Following are some of the most popular job profiles that you can seek for after completion of your Six Sigma Black Belt certification:
Senior Manager Process Excellence Manager
Manager Business Excellence
Finance Business Process Expert
Operations Project Head
Six Sigma Black Belt Instructor
Head of Quality /AVP – Quality
Chief Process Executive
Six Sigma certification is available at various levels, which includes:
Master Black Belt
The small course – Six Sigma Foundations by Richard Chua
Before you spend a lot of money in getting six sigma certifications, you can study a mini course from LinkedIn. You can start with six sigma foundation. With this you will have a fair idea of what this subject is all about and whether this is the right career for you. I have found the following course to be good. In fact I went through this one myself.
The big course – Lean Six Sigma|ISO|CQA|Training|Certification|consultant
I am hoping that by now you have found that it is worthy to get a six sigma certification. You can now get into a detailed course from GenGyan.org.
This is where Mr. Shylesh Sethia shares his vast knowledge with great passion. He quotes real life examples for clear understanding. If you are studious and serious about the subject you will appreciate his patience. This is way different from the treatment I have got from other professional trainers in the market. Shylesh is even ready to support students through bootcamps. Thus I can bet that you will definitely have strong fundamentals which will help you to excel in the field of Lean Six Sigma.