Our company sent candidates to 4 weeks (1 week a month) for Black Belt Training & Certification. Currently doing projects and there is an inconsistency in following DMAIC, and no time to coach all candidates. How do we keep projects on target, not stalling and failing?

One solution would be to organize group meetings of all the candidates. This could be a phone call or, even better, an online meeting with visuals. You can use the call to hear questions, answer questions from the group and to showcase one of the more successful or "on-track" projects.…

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Can a Project Leader be a Champion?

Champions/Sponsors are generally people in leadership positions who help team leaders navigate and overcome organizational barriers. There are cases where Champions become interested to the degree where they lead a project where they have total control over the process being changed. I have not run into this personally since in…

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What are the best practices for tracking A3 action items? I’ve found that most A3s are outdated once printed and most keep up with a separate excel spreadsheet. I’m curious if it’s beneficial to have one large database of deliverables for the top level coach.

I am familiar with A3s becoming outdated. They key is to use them as a constant communication device. Since it's now possible to collaborate on documents using tools like Google Sheets, it becomes easy to combine the two ideas you presented into one. Users are free to update their own…

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Do you recommend all candidates have a sponsor? I’m concerned we aren’t ready six sigma because we don’t have enough sponsors and/ or “champions”.

We always say, "no sponsor, no project," and we've never wavered. It's better to do fewer projects than assign projects to people without the proper support. What often happens is the projects that are launched with proper sponsors result in success. Word spreads and suddenly there are more sponsors interested…

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