Yellow Belts Can Help Sustain Your Gains
Over the past 20 years of experience, we’ve learned the key to sustaining performance improvement gains rests on process management. This role is entrusted to a broad group of employees who are often the process owners and, when not the process owners, are still the most affected by large scale improvements. Providing them the proper skills forms a critical component of a robust quality management system.
Some have dubbed this person and the required skills Yellow Belt but that term hasn’t done the role justice. Yellow Belts are often thought of as data collectors or Black Belt assistants. But a Yellow Belt’s ability to control and manage processes using metrics and data as well as solve problems using basic quality tools gives them far more impact. Their power doesn’t come from their place in a tiered pecking order of Master Black Belt, Black Belt and Green Belt but in their numbers, demographics, foundational skills and role.
our executive brief that discusses how Yellow Belts play a crucial role in sustaining process improvement efforts
Yellow Belt training introduces the majority of individual contributors to the concepts of process improvement and management and their position in their organizations make a direct connection to improvement efforts. Yellow Belt training can be fit to how people will be expected to operate. If positioned to assist Black Belts, they have little need for project selection or analytical tools. However, if Yellow Belts are expected to sustain gains long after Black Belts have left, a more complete set of tools is required.
Many organizations have active Operational Excellence programs that consistently execute projects through to implementation successfully. But to make it stick, drive it wide and take care of low hanging fruit, they should look at process management which forms the core of Yellow Belt capability. If you’d like to see the core concepts covered in Yellow Belt training, contact us or go to our website’s Yellow Belt webpage where you can download complimentary Yellow Belt training materials.