# Six Sigma Black Belt Body Of Knowledge

The following Six Sigma Black Belt Body of Knowledge is a summary of the required knowledge to successfully pass the Six Sigma Black Belt certification examination from the Management and Strategy Institute. Specifically, for Six Sigma Black Belt Professional (SSBBP)

The Management and Strategy Institute follows the Six Sigma Quality Standards (SSQS) for Black Belt certification.

Should be able to define Six Sigma and have an understanding of the history of Six Sigma and why it is used in business today.

Although Six Sigma talks a lot about statistical analysis and measurements and various other mathematical applications, at the core of the process is one simple equation. Understand the basic function of y=f(x)

Should have a basic understanding of identifying where variances are occurring in a function.

Have an understanding of the other process improvement methodologies and how they differ from Six Sigma.

Understand Six Sigma philosophies and how to recognize opportunity.

Understand how to frame quality into what is important to the customer.

Understand the "how and why" regarding a company launching a quality improvement initiative like Six Sigma.

Understand how team are formed and the role of each belt level within the Six Sigma project.

Understand and define DMAIC. Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control.

Understand why the DMAIC process is utilized.

Understand the basis of DMADV (Design for Six Sigma) when you do not have an existing system or process to improve upon.

Understand why continual communication is critical to the success of the project.

Understand the critical role that a Yellow Belt, or "Subject Matter Expert" plays within the Six Sigma team.

Determine how to define a process. Process owners, scope and boundaries.

Understand Critical to Quality (CTQ) measures.

The Cost of Poor Quality is the sum of internal and external failures. Understand the cost of poor quality.

Understand the Sigma level, RTY, DPU, DPMO, FPY. Consequential metrics, Quality Metrics, Cost Metrics, Scheduling Metrics.

Understand the process to estimate the baseline.

The Project Definition and scoping of goals and objectives. How the process is defined in terms of stakeholders, and the functionalities of the process.

Getting more detail into the process, what metrics and measurements are involved as well as estimating the baseline of the current “as is” process.

Understand the different tools that may be useful throughout the many parts of the Six Sigma project.

Understand the value stream proposition and analysis. Determination of the factors that influence the process output.

Understand how the new process is defined, potential benefits examined and verification of the new process determined.

Understand the standardization of new practice, verifying the impacts /savings, and how to document lessons learned.

Understand the role, like activities of a Green Belt and how that differs from a Black Belt. Understand the communication project tasks that a Green Belt will likely be asked to undertake.

Understand the history of Lean and how it is used in conjunction with Six Sigma. Understand lean tools such as 5S, Kaiban, TIMWOOD, 5 Why, 7S, and others.

Understand how to create a project charter and build the business case.

Have an understanding of Six Sigma Statistics.

Have a basic understanding of Measurement Systems Analysis. This includes Gage R&R, Bias Linearity, & Stability.

Have a basic understanding of process capability. System design, Parameter design, and tolerances.

Have a basic understanding of statistical theories which involve inference.

Have a basic understanding of Hypothesis Testing.

Have a basic understanding of regression analysis.

Have a basic understanding of design of experiments and factorial experiments.

Have a basic understanding of design of control tools and statistical process control tool usage.

Have an understanding of Project Management and the role it plays in Six Sigma for a Black Belt.

Understand when and how to end a Six Sigma project.

Understand change management principles. Understand the Black Belt role in facilitating change.

Link: Six Sigma Black Belt Certification

The Management and Strategy Institute follows the Six Sigma Quality Standards (SSQS) for Black Belt certification.

**History of Six Sigma**Should be able to define Six Sigma and have an understanding of the history of Six Sigma and why it is used in business today.

**y = f(x)**Although Six Sigma talks a lot about statistical analysis and measurements and various other mathematical applications, at the core of the process is one simple equation. Understand the basic function of y=f(x)

**Process Variances**Should have a basic understanding of identifying where variances are occurring in a function.

**TQM & others**Have an understanding of the other process improvement methodologies and how they differ from Six Sigma.

**Recognizing opportunities**Understand Six Sigma philosophies and how to recognize opportunity.

**Managing Quality**Understand how to frame quality into what is important to the customer.

**Deciding to start a Six Sigma project**Understand the "how and why" regarding a company launching a quality improvement initiative like Six Sigma.

**Organizational Roles and Responsibilities**Understand how team are formed and the role of each belt level within the Six Sigma project.

**The DMAIC Method**Understand and define DMAIC. Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control.

**Why is DMAIC used**Understand why the DMAIC process is utilized.

**DMADV variation**Understand the basis of DMADV (Design for Six Sigma) when you do not have an existing system or process to improve upon.

**Project Communication**Understand why continual communication is critical to the success of the project.

**Supporting Delivery**Understand the critical role that a Yellow Belt, or "Subject Matter Expert" plays within the Six Sigma team.

**Defining a process**Determine how to define a process. Process owners, scope and boundaries.

**Critical to Quality Characteristics**Understand Critical to Quality (CTQ) measures.

**Cost of Poor Quality (COPQ)**The Cost of Poor Quality is the sum of internal and external failures. Understand the cost of poor quality.

**Six Sigma Metrics**Understand the Sigma level, RTY, DPU, DPMO, FPY. Consequential metrics, Quality Metrics, Cost Metrics, Scheduling Metrics.

**Estimating the Baseline**Understand the process to estimate the baseline.

**The Define Stage**The Project Definition and scoping of goals and objectives. How the process is defined in terms of stakeholders, and the functionalities of the process.

**The Measure Phase**Getting more detail into the process, what metrics and measurements are involved as well as estimating the baseline of the current “as is” process.

**Six Sigma Tools**Understand the different tools that may be useful throughout the many parts of the Six Sigma project.

**The Analyze Phase**Understand the value stream proposition and analysis. Determination of the factors that influence the process output.

**The Improve Stage**Understand how the new process is defined, potential benefits examined and verification of the new process determined.

**The Control Stage**Understand the standardization of new practice, verifying the impacts /savings, and how to document lessons learned.

**Valuing Six Sigma**Understand the role, like activities of a Green Belt and how that differs from a Black Belt. Understand the communication project tasks that a Green Belt will likely be asked to undertake.

**What is Lean**Understand the history of Lean and how it is used in conjunction with Six Sigma. Understand lean tools such as 5S, Kaiban, TIMWOOD, 5 Why, 7S, and others.

**Selecting Lean Six Sigma Projects**Understand how to create a project charter and build the business case.

**Six Sigma Statistics**Have an understanding of Six Sigma Statistics.

**Measurement Systems Analysis**Have a basic understanding of Measurement Systems Analysis. This includes Gage R&R, Bias Linearity, & Stability.

**Process Capability**Have a basic understanding of process capability. System design, Parameter design, and tolerances.

**Inferential Statistics**Have a basic understanding of statistical theories which involve inference.

**Hypothesis Testing**Have a basic understanding of Hypothesis Testing.

**Simple Linear and Multiple Regression Analysis**Have a basic understanding of regression analysis.

**Designed Experiments**Have a basic understanding of design of experiments and factorial experiments.

**Statistical Process Control**Have a basic understanding of design of control tools and statistical process control tool usage.

**Leading Six Sigma Teams**Have an understanding of Project Management and the role it plays in Six Sigma for a Black Belt.

**Ending Six Sigma Projects**Understand when and how to end a Six Sigma project.

**Making the Change**Understand change management principles. Understand the Black Belt role in facilitating change.

Link: Six Sigma Black Belt Certification