Why do we need White Belt Training?

In a deployment of Lean Six Sigma, one of the most important steps is the training of White Belts.

A question that I often get is “Who are the White Belts in a organization?”

A White Belt should be every employee within the scope of the implementation. If the scope is to deploy Lean Six Sigma in just a facility or department, then all employees within that facility or department need to have White Belt training.

Another common question I get is “Why do we need White Belt Training?”

My first thought is to answer “to educate the masses” but that is not the Root Cause of why we need White Belt Training in a Deployment of Lean Six Sigma. The Root Cause is to Reduce Fear. Educating the workforce about the purpose of the Deployment is critical.

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When an organization starts to implement Lean Six Sigma, the masses will inherently be fearful. You will have employees that have been a part of failed deployments at other organizations, or they just don’t know what the purpose of the deployment is and therefore will be fearful of any change implemented by the deployment.

These employees can poison the well with experiences of massive workforce reduction as a result of Lean Six Sigma. If your goal is to “Cut Heads” by deploying Lean Six Sigma, you will invariably promote the same negativity and your deployment will fail.

The White Belt Course is not one that should be taken lightly. If you cannot sell the deployment to the masses, it will fail. If you do not have a well developed course that is interactive and full of games, simulations and other learning materials, then you will lose your audience.

The purpose of the White Belt course is to educate but it is also to excite!

Our Lean Six Sigma White Belt training is a 4-hour interactive workshop. It is full of games, simulations and activities that won’t let you sit down for long. We have the options of live in-person delivery at your facility; virtually via Microsoft TEAMS or Zoom; or a Hybrid of both live in-person and virtual.

SSDSI’s goal is to use the White Belt course to get the employees excited about the deployment! We give them a forum to voice their fears in class. By the end of the 4-hour workshop, the employees leave excited and energized. We always warn the deployment leaders that once the White Belts have been trained, they are going to expect some action!