Six Sigma Roles and Responsibilities shows up on each certification exam. Here’s a quick study guide that can help you ace those portions. Also see Six Sigma Teams.

Sponsor

Six Sigma Sponsor

Sponsor: Is usually a high-level or senior business leader or executive who sponsors the Six Sigma engagement. Responsible for articulating the problem statement, defining the team’s objectives and validating the business case in the project charter. Sponsors are the a liaison between the team and senior management and thus responsible for securing subject matter experts and non-Six Sigma resources critical to the success of the project. Is looked to for decisions at critical times at the project. The sponsor’s approval is required at DMAIC tollgates.

Champion

Six Sigma Champion

Champion: Middle or senior executive who sponsor and promote continuous improvement initiatives through out their organization. Secures training and mentorship for Black Belt candidates and makes sure that resources are available for projects. Resolves any cross-functional team issues that may occur. Trained in the basics of Six Sigma. Sometimes filled by former Black Belts or Master Black Belts. Occasionally the Champion may also Sponsor projects or programs.

Process Owner

Six Sigma Process Owner

Process Owner: Professional, often a senior business leader, responsible for the business process that is the target of a Six Sigma project. Sometimes the process owner may be the sponsor of the initiative.

Green Belt

Six Sigma Green Belt

Six Sigma Green Belt: A professional with introductory Six Sigma training partially allocated to an initiative. May be a team member on a Black Belt project or lead a smaller project.

Learn more by exploring an outline of what it required for each certification body:

Black Belt

Six Sigma Black Belt

Six Sigma Black Belt
100% allocated professional trained in DMAIC and other problem-solving methodologies. Has project management, statistical and process analysis skill sets. Trained in both the science of and soft skills needed in bringing about change. Responsibilities often include training green belts and other black belt candidates, and leading Six Sigma projects.

Black Belts may also serve as internal consultants helping multiple teams at once. Job duties some times include training other employees in tools, techniques, and processes.

Learn more by exploring an outline of what it required for each certification body:

Master Black Belt

Six Sigma Master Black Belt

Six Sigma Master Black Belt
100% allocated professional with tremendous experience as a Black Belt leading teams and completing projects. A true expert in Six Sigma methodology and tools. Six Sigma Master Black Belts often mentor aspiring black belts and consult and remove obstacles from Black Belt teams. Has responsibility to champions for keeping portfolio of initiatives on track.

Certifications offered from ASQ, Villanova, and IASSC.

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Question: Which of the following is an important responsibility of a project champion? (Taken from ASQ sample Black Belt exam.)

(A) Leading the team
(B) Documenting the overall progress of the team
(C) Allocating resources to support the team
(D) Coaching the team on the DMAIC process

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For a process owner QA (Quality Assurance) is ___________ (fill in the blank)

a) Input oriented
b) Process oriented
c) Output oriented
d) a & b
e) b & c
f) a & c
g) a, b & c
h) None of the above

Does any one know the official answer to what percentage of time a black belt dedicates to Six Sigma projects?

Justin. Depends on what you mean by official answer. In most exams the organization body tries to reinforce the idea that Black Belts are professionals that should spend the vast majority of their time leading and running these projects. In reality, many companies also require the Black Belts to teach and mentor others, offer classes, run quality audits, run Kaizen events, etc.

Ted the question in here twice.

Six Sigma Black Belt Certification Six Sigma Roles Questions:
Question: Which of the following is an important responsibility of a project champion? (Taken from ASQ sample Black Belt exam.)

(A) Leading the team
(B) Documenting the overall progress of the team
(C) Allocating resources to support the team
(D) Coaching the team on the DMAIC process

Answer: (c) It’s allocating the resources. The champion is the one who owns the process or the problem… and thus the resources to help. Leading and coaching the team is generally left to the black belt. Documenting progress could be any team member.

Question: Which of the following is an important responsibility of a project champion? (Taken from ASQ sample Black Belt exam.)

(A) Leading the team
(B) Documenting the overall progress of the team
(C) Allocating resources to support the team
(D) Coaching the team on the DMAIC process

Answer: (c) It’s allocating the resources. The champion is the one who owns the process or the problem… and thus the resources to help. Leading and coaching the team is generally left to the black belt. Documenting progress could be any team member.

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