Six Sigma Yellow Belt: Project Examples

Instructor: Brianna Whiting
There are many levels of certification for Six Sigma. One level that plays an important role in process improvement projects is the Yellow Belt Certification. Come along as we learn what projects might be of interest to Yellow Belts.

Six Sigma Basics

Defective products can cost a company a lot of money because they often have to be remade or corrected. To help a company avoid defective mishaps, many are turning to a method known as Six Sigma. Six Sigma is a methodology for eliminating variations and defects from the processes of a company. Through the implementation of Six Sigma, companies are finding problem areas and developing projects to fix them. This leads to a more productive operation and ultimately saves a company money. While the concept of Six Sigma seems fairly straightforward, there are rigorous training courses and exams one must pass to become certified in Six Sigma practices.

The certifications begin with an entry-level certification known as Champion, and progress to a Yellow Belt, Green Belt, Brown Belt, Black Belt and finally conclude with a Master Black Belt. While each have important roles in helping a company practice Six Sigma, the focus of this lesson is on the Yellow Belt. In this lesson you will learn what a Yellow Belt is and their role in Six Sigma projects.

Yellow Belt

Meet Betty! Betty has decided to become a certified Yellow Belt, which is someone who has the basic knowledge of Six Sigma but does not yet lead their own projects. Often lumped into the Green Belt certification, Yellow Belts have much of the same knowledge, but their training is usually done in one to two short weeks and lacks the depth of Green Belt certification. Yellow Belts are important team members and subject matter experts on those projects being led by Green and Black Belts.

Yellow Belt Projects

While the above section states that Yellow Belts do not lead their own projects, this is only partially correct. You see, while Betty will often work on small projects, these are often handed off to Green Belts and Black Belts to be finished, where Six Sigma Methodologies are used that Yellow Belts are not trained in. Basically,Betty will be responsible for starting what may evolve into larger company improvement projects. These small projects are often called process improvement projects, and they are completed using a method known as PDCA. PDCA stands for Plan, Do, Check, and Act, and it helps Yellow Belts find different processes that need improvements.

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