Why do we need White Belt Training?

Why do we need White Belt Training?


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

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

The 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 receive 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.

When an organization starts to implement Lean Six Sigma, the masses will inherently be fearful. You will have employees who have been a part of failed deployments at other organizations.

These employees will 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 adult learning you will lose your audience.

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

Our Onsite (Live) White Belt training is a four-hour interactive workshop full of games, simulations and videos. The students do not sit down for long.

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 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 action!