Six Sigma methodology is a set of complex and challenging business and quality improvement tools, brought together to form a process for product and process improvement. The ability to use these tools and methodology depends on the training you receive.
When the term “Training”
Classroom training is the best forum for learning Six Sigma. Six Sigma for most new practitioners is complex and challenging. I have been teaching Six Sigma for over two years and have practiced the principles for over 30. I have found the majority of Six Sigma green belt candidates need that personal interaction with a trainer to guide them through the tools. The tools of Kano Model, Quality Function Deployment, Cause and Effect diagrams, Failure Modes and Effects Analysis, Design of Experiments and others, need several examples. This interaction is also useful in dealing with the challenge of creating, completing and feeling competent to use the tools. This only happens properly in a classroom environment.
Getting back to our question from the potential student, the best and preferred method to learn Six Sigma is in a classroom situation. The second best option is the virtual instructor led course, and lastly, the online training.
If the student has the budget and will utilize any of the tools of Six Sigma they should take the classroom training. If the student is lacking in budget but wants to use the tools of Six Sigma, the virtual class will save them money and be a better option. If the student is looking for Six Sigma certification for their resume and doesn’t have a requirement for the tools of Six Sigma, then the online course should satisfy their needs.