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Six Sigma professionals have the requisite expertise and experience in implementing Six Sigma projects and their services are necessary for ensuring the success of the implementations. However, not all organizations can afford such services because 6 Sigma professionals normally charge hefty fees. The best option then for such organizations is to provide Six Sigma training to their existing employees. Training existing employees not only helps in reducing implementation costs but also ensures that the implementations are completed within the specified time.
However, selecting the most appropriate training course for employees may not always be easy because of the recent increase in the number of entities offering 6 Sigma training courses. The problem is compounded because most of the training entities claim to be the best in the business.
Organizations can develop their own training institutes, but this can further complicate the financial health of an organization that is already running short of funds. The best option then is to select the most cost-effective training program for the employees. Given below are some of the basics that a good 6 Sigma training program should always have:
1. The training program should cover important Six Sigma methodologies such as DMAIC (define, measure, analyze, improve, and control) and DMADV (define, measure, analyze, design and verify).
2. The training program should aim at creating awareness about the roles and responsibilities of personnel associated with 6 Sigma implementations. It should make the employees learn the tenets of effective communications, which is a necessity for successful Six Sigma implementations.
3. The training should cover all types of Six Sigma statistical tools such as Critical Path Method (CPM). CPM helps in designing a proper timetable that predetermines the start and completion of key events in any business process. With the help of CPM, employees can easily find out the exact status of various projects by monitoring key events through the CPM timetable. Other important statistical tools that need to be covered include FMEA (Failure mode and Effects Analysis), which helps in anticipating future problems through analytical interpretations.
4. The training should enable employees to learn the use of software tools such as RapAnalyst, which simplifies DOE (Design of Experiments) and many other activities related to data mining; MiniTab and SixNet Intelligence; and the 6 Sigma calculator, which is a hand tool. The training should also cover the use of judgmental tools such as Ishikawa Root Cause Analysis Diagram (Fishbone diagram), Brain Storming & Affinity Group Tool, Thought Map, and Regulation Diagram.
5. The training should also enable employees to learn soft skills such as presentation skills and managerial skills such as decision-making. These skills will go a long way in ensuring the success of 6 Sigma implementations.
A 6 Sigma training program that covers all the aspects stated above needs to be selected, even if it is relatively more expensive than other available training programs.
Six sigma was once reserved for the largest corporations in the world. During the last few years, six sigma has moved to mid-size and small organizations seeking a way to improve their business. Some of these companies employ a single six sigma black belt to produce project results.
Six sigma has now become so popular there are thousands of job openings for green belts, black belts, and master black belts. As a result of this huge job market, there are now hundreds of six sigma training courses and seminars.
One major focus of six sigma is the reduction of variation. The ironic fact is that six sigma training courses have huge variation, the very characteristic the discipline attempts to minimize.
A recent look at green belt courses at a few major universities looked like the difference between algebra and geometry.
Master Black Belt courses also had extreme variation – some teach the black belt to instruct six sigma, while others have an in depth study of just a few areas, such as Design of Experiments or Design for Six Sigma. This variation does not help companies when seeking a Master Black Belt.
The six sigma training landscape is such that the student must determine their needs prior to taking a course. This is difficult, especially at the green belt level. Many students aren’t even sure what six sigma is – they just know it’s in high demand.
The problem with a short six sigma learning period is the body of knowledge required is very large, and most people simply cannot absorb all of it by attending a few week course.
Online courses have several advantages and a few disadvantages. Six sigma online courses can offer a larger and longer course since no travel or instructor is involved. Live instructors cannot afford to deliver a 10 – 16 week course. Online courses generally have a liberal time limit.
Live courses have the disadvantage of necessary travel time and costs. The advantage is the one-on-one contact, although it’s for a brief period.
Regardless of which type of course is taken, anyone pursuing a six sigma training course should obtain a good collection of books for reference. The depth and instruction within books varies as widely as training courses. Therefore, most practicing black belts have quite a collection of reference materials.
It is also important to determine the type of instruction before taking the course. Most companies are not doing six sigma for the fun of it. They want impact, which in laymen’s terms is financial gain. If a course only teaches the tools and methods behind six sigma the student is only learning a portion of the skills needed to be successful.
It is the use of the tools that will ultimately determine success. For example, anyone can learn Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA), Design of Experiments (DOE), and hypothesis testing for equal means and variances. The successful black belt knows which tool to use and when to use it. There are simply too many tools to apply them all and hope something is gained.
Dog training in the form of basic obedience is the foundation of problem solving for your dog. In order for your dog to have a safe, happy, and productive life he must first learn to sit, stay, and come when he is called. Dog training will help him learn to refrain from bad habits such as incessant barking, biting, chewing, fighting, and using the bathroom indoors.
The two most common misconceptions about dog training are the dominance issue and the dog’s age. It is not necessary for you to be the ‘alpha dog’ in order to teach basic cooperation and respect. This is done through kindness and support rather than through fear.
The other great dog training misconception is the old adage, “You can’t teach old dog new tricks.” That is simply not true. Dogs of any age can and will learn when the teacher approaches the teaching in the appropriate manner.
Where can I go to find a good dog training program?
A good place to start your dog training program is through a local obedience school. You and your dog can become educated on the basics together at school but do most of your practicing at home. After the basic safety commands, come and stay, are learned; the training can move to places such as the park, or the car. Don’t forget, you must be sure your dog will obey your commands everywhere, not just at home.
Keep the lessons short and positive. Try to incorporate the dog training in all you and your dog’s daily activities. For example if your dog follows you into the kitchen to watch you make breakfast ask him to sit while you cook. While he’s sitting tell him what a good dog he is and when you are finished give him a treat.
Training should become your dog’s favorite activity. The key is praise. If you reprimand your dog when he does something bad and forget to praise him for behaving throughout the day he will only concentrate only on the negative aspects of training and miss out on all the fun.
Dog training can be both simple and fun if done correctly and consistently. The three steps are catching the dog in a questionable act, reprimand positively and redirect his energy into an acceptable activity. Don’t nag your dog and never spank him. Above all, praise him all the time. When he lying on the floor minding his own business tell him what a good dog he is. If you follow these simple instructions you and your dog will get along smashingly.
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