The Six Sigma career path intersects or shares a number of tools, processes, goals and techniques with the business analyst career path.
So, in this post I would like to introduce you to the … Six Sigma Business Analyst.
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Here is the question submitted by the Business Analyst Boot Camp Participant …
I had applied to a BA position and … and the response was they were looking for people …. who had Six Sigma certifications.
Is the 6 Sigma now the new minimal benchmark for getting a BA job?
If so, I’d better get cracking on it.
What Is Six Sigma To Start With?
Six Sigma is a business management discipline that seeks to improve quality by removing the causes of defects, errors or variation in manufacturing and business processes.
Six Sigma uses quality management, statistical and business analysis methods to empower six sigma professionals designated in martial arts like terms as black belt, green belt and yellow belt.
Each Six Sigma project uses a sequence of steps to achieve quantified goal (cost reduction or profit increase) critical to a customer of the business process under consideration (cycle time, safety, delivery, etc.).
Six Sigma was originally designed to eliminate defects in manufacturing processes, but it is now widely applied to other business processes as a tool for improving the quality of a business process.
How Is The Business Analyst Involved In Six Sigma?
I have given you a pretty good picture of what a six sigma business analyst does. Now, I will answer the question of whether Siz Sigma is the new minimal standard for getting a business analyst job.
Who Is The Six Sigma Domain Business Analyst?
Six Sigma is one of the business analyst domain career paths.
You are not required to become a domain business analyst or to become a six sigma business analyst.
However, if you decide not to specialize in a business analyst domain, you have to master the skills required to become an IT Business Analyst.
However, before you decide to become a six sigma business analyst, you need to get a good understanding of your skill sets, internal and external business environment.
Do You Have A Statistical / Quality Management Background?
You can decide if a six sigma business analyst career path is good for you by taking a look at your educational background, training, work experience or skill sets.
If you already have some statistical and quality management background (I gained mine as a management trainee in Procter & Gamble), you may find that becoming a six sigma business analyst is a logical decision for you.
If you do not have this backgound, then you have to factor in the cost of learning statistical and quality improvement from scratch.
Can You Meet Internal Customer Expectations Using Cross Functional Business Analysis Skills?
I don’t recommend that you evaluate becoming a six sigma business analyst solely from the point of view of … “what’s in it for me!“
Because the Six Sigma Methodology emphasizes the very opposite … that you focus on meeting your customer’s needs, wants or requirements.
So, you may start by asking yourself this question: will my customer’s needs be better met if I become a six sigma business analyst?.
Sometime ago, I functioned as the IT Director for an Electronics Manufacturing Firm in the Midwest. One of my customers was the Quality Assurance Director who I assisted with improving the quality of the plant’s electronic components.
In this role, it would have made sense for me to become a six sigma business analyst, considering that one of my major internal customers was the Quality Assurance director.
Can You Meet External Business Requirements With Six Sigma BA Skills?
Finally, you may also approach becoming a six sigma business analyst by reviewing the business analyst hiring trend in your city.
This makes sense especially in a situation where you are out of work and you have no internal customers to satisfy.
However, you also need to make sure that six sigma business analyst skills is in higher demand than IT business Analyis skills or some other BA domain!
This matters because mis-interpreting the demands of employers or hiring managers can have a serious consequence on your career. So, don’t make conclusions for a couple of interviews. Apply for more jobs, analyze every business analyst job in your city and make then make an informed decision.
The technique that I used in answering this question is taken from a business analysis tools known as SWOT Analysis.
SWOT Analysis teaches you among other things to match your strengths and weaknesses against opportunities and threats in your internal and external environment.
I will be bringing out more information on using SWOT Analysis in Decision Making in a Soon Coming Post 🙂
This post answers a question submitted by a business analyst looking at transitioning into the six sigma business analyst role. Be sure to leave your comments or questions at the end of this post and I will answer it for you.