Some of the more popular articles I have written about are Certifications on a budget – so I thought I would continue in that trend, focusing on one I just completed this evening….Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt.
Lean Six Sigma is a managerial concept combining the two methodologies, Lean and Six Sigma. This leads to a focus on the elimination of the eight kinds of wastes and an improved capability of performance.
Lean – production practice that considers the expenditure of resources for any goal other than the creation of value for the end customer to be wasteful, and thus a target for elimination.
Six Sigma – Developed by Motorola in 1986, Six Sigma is a set of techniques and tools for process improvement.
Although extremely popular in corporate and manufacturing worlds, there currently is no unifying Certification Authority for Six Sigma (gads…I sound like J.P), therefore one has to use caution when trying to present any credentials, as your target audience might not not accept them.
Since Six Sigma was on my radar, I did a little research and decided to try goleansixsigma.com.
What drew me to GoLeanSixSigma was that that they take a daring approach – they offer their entry level training for free….and a incredible Certification Price of $25.
The Training itself is provided via video presentation, but there are some great resources, tools and templates (again for free) on their site. An example of their work can be seen to the right, where they break the down the DMAIC process of Lean Six Sigma. I personally find this to be a great reference and something I am sure I will refer back to.
The exam is fairly straightforward – 50 multiple choice questions via an on-line exam. The exam is broken down in sections based on the individual steps of the Lean Six Sigma model.
Personally, I enjoyed the exam – finding the training beneficial and the test challenging. The exam itself is not a true “Lift” from the training, so you have to pay attention – which I applaud GoLeanSixSigma for.
Since the Yellow Belt exam is the entry point for goleansixsigma.com, you can be assured that there is another exam tied to the basic test. In this case, GoLeanSixSigma also has a follow on exam, the Green Belt, which currently is available only with their training option. I cannot attest to the the quality or content of this particular exam, but if it is like the Yellow Belt, I imagine it will it to be a great addition to their offerings.
Overall – I can highly recommend the Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt to anyone’s collection of Certifications. It demonstrates an understand of two methodologies, has a low price point and is supported by some free training. What more could you ask for?
Well done GoLeanSixSigma…..and now on to studying for something new.