Lincoln Sailors Train for Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification


Story Number: NNS100408-22Release Date: 4/8/2010 6:58:00 PM
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From USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs

EVERETT, Wash. (NNS) -- Four Lincoln Sailors completed major sections of their Six Sigma Green Belt certification after Lean Six Sigma experts from Commander Naval Air Forces (CNAF) completed a three-week training program on board USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) April 2.

In conducting Six Sigma Phase I implementation, CNAF trainer and Black Belt Major Paul Little, along with Lincoln AIRSpeed officers Ens. Rich Duchnowski and Lt. j.g. Veronica Bennett, trained 14 Sailors during the three-week implementation. Ten additional Lincoln Sailors participated in the training and expect to receive their Green Belt certification later this year.

"These Sailors took a major step in reaching their Green Belt qualification. Leading two events in such a short amount of time is very impressive," said Duchnowski.

The Six Sigma training included Buffer Management Tool (BMT) Administrator training with Core Team and assigned administrators, Continuous Process Improvement Management System (CPIMS) training with Core Team and Rapid Improvement Events (RIE) participants, and Initial Time Domain and over-the-shoulder training for both the Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) and supply departments. The team also completed Sustainability and Strategic Planning training with AIMD leadership. The training concluded with two RIE.

Future training will consist of three, two-week follow-up visits by CNAF Black Belts for advanced training and targeted events on the Process Improvement Plan.

Six Sigma is a process improvement strategy that uses quality improvement as the method for business improvement. Six Sigma is uniquely driven by close understanding of customer needs, disciplined use of facts, data, statistical analysis, and diligent attention to managing, improving, and reinventing business processes. Process improvements focus on variation reduction to produce highly-repeatable processes that create customer satisfaction. Six Sigma measures variability in relation to a total population of numbers.

For more information about the Navy's Six Sigma initiatives, visit http://airspeed.ahf.nmci.navy.mil/.

For more news from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn72/.

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