The Four Six Sigma Belts

On any organization where Six Sigma principles are being implemented, it is very important to designate people so that they will be able to know their duties and responsibilities, especially when a project is worked on. For Six Sigma, job positions depend on the color of the belt, just like what you may have seen on any classic kung-fu or martial arts movie. To differentiate one from the other, here is a brief run down of their job descriptions:

1) Master Black Belt  The people who often lead projects are the Master Black Belts. They are on top of the pyramid, in which they are seen by their peers and subordinates as the experts in almost all aspects of business operations, including Six Sigma implementation. With years of experience and constant exposure on Six Sigma deployment, they are the ones being consulted when something goes wrong during the course of the project. Quality Leader/Managers are some of the suitable positions for Master Black Belts. 2) Black Belt  The proper execution of the Six Sigma project within the organization is the primary duty of Black Belts. They can also lead projects under the close supervision of Master Black Belts. With their undivided attention dedicated to the Six Sigma process, Black Belts are often seen as Project Leaders wherein they can also coach or train other employees in meeting their goals. 3) Green Belt  Assisting in the proper implementation of Six Sigma are Green Belts. They support Black Belt projects by leading small-scale initiatives within their respective areas. 4) Yellow Belt  You can see Yellow Belts as typical day to day employees. They are not allowed to lead projects but they have a clear understanding of what Six Sigma is all about.