What is a Six Sigma Black Belt?

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Six Sigma Black Belt
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Todd Lovejoy is an experienced business leader and management consultant with nearly three decades of experience with a wide range of public, private, and nonprofit organizations. Currently, Todd Lovejoy serves as the founder of TAL Management Services, which implements analytical tools such as the Six Sigma Black Belt methodology.

Originally developed by Motorola in 1986, Six Sigma is a business and quality management methodology. Originally, Six Sigma focused on the reduction of manufacturing issues, but is currently a broader management philosophy that emphasizes organizational improvement in order to better meet customer expectations. Qualitative measurements, such as statistics and financial analysis, are a major component of the methodology.

Practitioners of the Six Sigma management philosophy can obtain certifications that range from a white belt to a black belt. A Six Sigma Black Belt represents the highest certification level and ensures a high level of knowledge of Six Sigma methods. Certifications are available from several different certifying organizations, such as the American Society for Quality, which each maintain their own specific belt standards.


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