Six Sigma Certification: A necessary step in your career in any industry.

Six Sigma is a philosophy, set of tools, methodology and culture, and aims to identify, analyze, and eliminate variability within a process. Sigma, represented as σ in the Greek alphabet, is a mathematical symbol used to represent standard deviation. Within a process, the sigma level estimates defect probability. When a process operates to a level of 6σ, it is without error 99.99966% of the time; products will be essentially defect free. This study article is for people who have made an effort to study Six Sigma and are ready to pursue a certification.

How to choose certification level

For those who are new to Six Sigma training, there are chances of getting confused while choosing the certification level. Sometimes people are unsure about the level of the certification best suited to their level of understanding on quality-related terms. To solve this problem you have to make self-analysis over the six sigma topic and your job requirements.

  1. How to Prepare for Six Sigma Black Belt Certification
  2. How to Prepare for Six Sigma Green Belt Certification
  3. Learning Six Sigma Basics, I would suggest you
  4. Six Sigma – Introduction
  5. Six Sigma – History
  6. Six Sigma – Key Components

You can enroll for Hurrit Global Business School’s 8-week six sigma online courses and learn all necessary concepts by following these link.

Six Sigma: Total Quality Fundamentals
Six Sigma: Total Quality Application

For in-depth learning, training and certification, Huritt’s 6-12 months online programs are the followings:

Lean Business Operations: Manufacturing and Services
Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Training
Six Sigma Black Belt Certification Training
More Lean Six Sigma Certification Programs

The best way to master this material is to apply it. While studying, interact with others doing the same. Look for opportunities everywhere to apply this knowledge; at your job, at a place you volunteer, at home, when talking with friends who work in different positions or even different industries – there is no shortage of opportunities out there. A great way that I have found to study is to try to explain material to others. Over the last few years people have spent a lot of time discussing Six Sigma careers and application of Six Sigma techniques and methodology in the workplace. After completing the six sigma course, you will learn and have complete understanding of the followings:

  1. Value of Being Six Sigma Aspirant – The Concept Seed
  2. DMAIC and DMADV Lenses to Examine Business Process
  3. Innovation and Six Sigma Goes Hand in Hand
  4. How Six Sigma Ensures Quality in Process
  5. How Six Sigma Can Bring Spark of Process Change in Organization

Industries Where Six-Sigma is Practiced

  • Six Sigma – Manufacturing Organization
  • Six Sigma – Healthcare Industry
  • Six Sigma – IT Sector
  • Six Sigma – Finance Sector
  • Six Sigma Certification Preparation Guidance
  • Lean Six Sigma – Operations

I first came across the concept of lean six sigma in the 1990s during my graduate business school years in the operations management class. I  took the certification training and passed the Six Sigma Certifications years ago. I learned that no Six Sigma certification exam preparations can be done in a vacuum; you rely on study guidance to make success. Studying for Six Sigma certifications is no different. Be proactive about your studying and interact with the community as a whole. I was fortunate to have been in the quality management and operations at a biotechnology manufacturing company to fully appreciate the application of Six Sigma. The knowledge of Lean Six Sigma will present you with the mind set of quality as a competitive tool and for long stay in any industry. And most importantly you will learn how things are done and managed correctly in an effort to achieve set out goals and continuously improving the process in a very consistent operational procedure that eliminates chaos. Give yourself the skill set of lean six sigma and competitively advance your career. Try it, I’m sure it will work for you in 2017. All the very best :)

Good Luck!!

From the Desk of HGBSE President

5 Tips for Keeping Your Day Job While Launching Your Own Business

In an ideal world, you have at least a year’s salary saved up and you can quit your day job in order to focus 100 percent on your entrepreneurial venture. Unfortunately, that’s just not feasible for many entrepreneurs who end up being successful.

Maybe you have a family to take care of, massive student loans, debt or a mortgage you can’t negotiate lower, or perhaps the medical benefits of your current employer are just too good to let go. Many entrepreneurial mentors will tell you to quit your job, but if you do, who’s going to be putting dinner on the table?

 Great news! It’s actually possible (at least for a little while) to keep a full-time job and be an entrepreneur.

 If you ask a sampling of successful entrepreneurs, many of them will say they had additional commitments when starting their business. I even started my first start-up that sold while working at another job.

 A lot of entrepreneurs, like myself, have started companies in their home office, garage, or basement while pulling in an income from another source. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t get creative. You may want to work part-time, pursue a non-traditional income (such as flipping houses if that’s part of your forte) or give up unnecessary hobbies in order to work a full-time job and venture.

 Holding a job and launching a business simultaneously isn’t a miracle, it’s simply being efficient. Here are a few strategies to make money and pursue your dream at the same time:

Consider your job in the right light

 No matter what kind of job you have, make sure you consider it as a blessing, not a curse. It isn’t holding you back, it’s keeping you afloat You need. that pay cheque because otherwise you won’t have enough money to live on while you get things going.

You’re lucky, because capital from your current job is there every couple of weeks. Most investors want to see that entrepreneurs are investing in themselves first, and you need a pay cheque or savings (preferably both) to make that happen.

 Plan your days well

 It might sound impressive when someone works 36 hours straight, but you’re definitely not managing your time or your health with that approach.

 Actually, few businesses are built on that strategy. It’s the little, consistent daily things you do that add up to make or break a startup. Stop the busywork, get rid of distractions and give both your job and your venture the laser focused attention they deserve.

 Maximise your time

 You have the same hours in each day as Oprah (really). Maybe you already know your job takes up 40 hours of your time each week (give or take), so account for it and figure out how to maximise all those other hours.

 Sleep should still be a priority, as should some daily exercise. Still, there are 72 hours in a week to do with as you wish beyond your 40 hours of work, so spend them well.

Successful entrepreneurs manage their time, they don’t wish for more of it.

See your job as motivation

The more necessary your need is to perform as an entrepreneur, the better you’ll do. Find “fuel” to pursue your venture.

There are many ways to do this, whether you’re scared of pitching to an angel investor (your job means the knowledge that you still have an income if they say “no”) or you discover you’re wasting your commute listening to the radio (when you could be making hands-free business calls).

Outsource, outsource, outsource

You know what your time is worth (if you don’t, calculate it!). Could you hire someone to do it better, faster and, ultimately, break even or make more money during that time? If so, do it.

Entrepreneurs know how to make the most of every situation and resource they have. It’s the best skill you can hone, and you don’t need to make a major change to start. Figure out today what you could do to better to maximise your time, get rid of dead weight and take care of both kinds of business.

 By: John Rampton

John Rampton is an entrepreneur, investor, online marketing guru and startup enthusiast. He is founder of the online invoicing company Due. John is best known as an entrepreneur and connector. He was recently named #2 on Top 50 Online Influencers in the World by Entrepreneur Magazine and has been one of the Top 10 Most Influential PPC Experts in the World for the past three years. He currently advises several companies in the San Francisco Bay area.

Is Entrepreneurship in Your 2017  or Retirement Plan?

And, managing and financing a startup with a side gig income

I have always counseled against waiting for a New Year to start a business, because it has the emotions of new year resolutions. And, we all know how successful new year resolutions are. There are 365 days in a year, and it is perfectly ok to start a business in any day of the year.

And for those dreaming of leaving the 9-5 grind, or starting a business after retiring or nearing retirement from 9-5 gigs, it makes a whole lot of sense not to plan on starting a business as a new year resolution. Plan on how to start while still keeping your 9-5 gig; and when you have to leave the 9-5 to pursue your passion…passions. Not everyone will be lucky or have a business idea that allows for a startup, while keeping a 9-5 gig.

 Technologies have made it a lot easier to start businesses on a shoestring, and if you’re going to run a business, you may need to learn social media, online commerce, website management and other technical skills. Many of these technologies are just plug and play, which really enables you on a shoestring budget to have the look of a high-end business.

 My first startup was during the early years of the worldwide web. I developed and created my first business website, using Microsoft BCentral software in 2000. It was completely DIY website that gave my company the exposure and high-end big business status to Chinese API and Chemical manufacturers that wanted to enter the US market. The time difference between US and China provided me the opportunity to keep my gig at Columbia University Medical Center/Presbyterian Hospital in NYC, and earning a decent salary as a Clinical Biochemist while working on my startup.

Another truism is that behind every entrepreneur is a working spouse. If you have a spouse and kids, you must call everyone to the table and explain the new changes and how it will affect the family before you start. This will allow them to process the situation in order to take the leap of faith with you. Just know that this change will be just as scary for your spouse as it is for you. Something got to give, but that something doesn’t have to be 100% of your family. Also, important, is to layout your exit strategy to your family; and if your exit strategy is transferring the business to you children (which I think should be), you have to let the family know this, and start to develop the next leadership of your company.

While you don’t need an MBA to start and run a business, it is very important that you read and learn new things in order to develop new skill sets, because at the early months and years, you practically have to do everything yourself until you have enough cash-flow to hire helping hands.

And the good thing about learning and developing new skills is that you can easily use your new skill sets for consulting gigs that will give you more freedom and flexibility in earning an income while building your business.

In my own case, starting a business in the Pharmaceutical industry provided me with the opportunity to join various industry professional associations, developed new skill sets in clinical research monitoring & management, learned the various value chains in biotechnology and biopharmaceutical manufacturing. This completely exposed me to a whole new industry of quality assurance and quality control management, and lean business operations, as well as provided me the opportunities for networking, and steady consulting and contracting gigs with major premier pharmaceutical companies.

The risk of earning a good income from a gig while pursuing your entrepreneurial dream  in the early phase is that  if the focus of your entrepreneurial venture is money, it will kill your dream. This is why you have to know your goal for starting a company apart from making money.  For me, it is the desire to work on my own terms and the freedom to travel when I want, and this is reason I won’t commit my time as an employee, even when offered excellent jobs by premier biopharmaceutical companies. If you have the skill sets that are in demand, you can always negotiate for a continuous and steady consulting agreement with locations and time options.

You have to keep your eyes on the ball, and don’t let a little bit of money kill your hustle or slow down your dream. Stay motivated, because distractions can come in many forms, positive and negative. It’s like the hare that took a nap because he was winning. The tortoise kept grinding, slow and steady.

Make an effort to identify and deal with all potential obstacles, the pitfalls that deter and the successes that slow things down.

While it can be fairly easy to start a business, particularly one that requires no office space or retail location, it isn’t for everyone. To make it work, you need to have the right idea at the right time, plus the skill sets to get your product in front of buyers.

 At the end of the day, it is a business, and you need to be solving some problem in the marketplace.

 Here are 11 tips for starting your own business in or near retirement:

 Determine whether your idea is really a good business plan. What problem does it solve? Be very honest with yourself in the business idea you come up with. If your passion doesn’t translate into a viable business, maybe you’re better off pursuing it as a hobby or volunteer. And, don’t worry about finding the next hot business idea; just take a look around you and see where’s the need.

 Evaluate your skills. Do you have an ability to do all the tasks necessary to make your business a success? Make sure you’re really good at it. Yes, you have to have the passion, but you have to have the capability, too.

 Consider the time involved. Most people don’t want to work 80 hours a week, or even 40 hours a week, once they’ve reached retirement. It’s important to figure out a way to do it in a way that’s not all-consuming. Stay away from starting brick-and-mortar businesses that require your constant presence, such as restaurants and stores.

 Get good advice. Most cities have lots of free and low-cost resources to help beginning entrepreneurs. Some also provide good networking opportunities. You should also look for conferences and trade associations in your field.

 Figure out how to finance your startup. Many businesses, especially those with no physical location, can be started for a minimal investment. If you need six figures to get your dream business off the ground, you may need funding or investors, which create additional layers of complication. Don’t invest money you can’t afford to lose.

 Know if you want to manage others or can handle the isolation of working alone. Many people who start businesses in retirement don’t want the burden of managing employees. On the other hand, if you’re running a one-person business, you’ll end up spending a lot of time by yourself, and not everyone likes that either. Decide which setup is the best fit for you before getting too far in the process.

 Have an exit strategy. If you start a business when you’re 65, you may be ready to stop running it when you’re 75. Have a plan, whether it is to leave the business to your children, sell it or just shut it down. You should consider writing down your plan and even sharing it with your spouse and children.

 Use your professional connections. People who have been in the workforce for a long time know a lot of people. That gives you immediate access to potential customers as well as consultants who can help you get your business off the ground.

 Embrace technology. If you’re going to run a business, you may need to learn social media, online commerce, website management and other technical skills. Many of these things are just plug and play, which really enables you on a shoestring budget to have the look of a high-end business.

 Protect your assets. Make sure your business structure protects your assets. The best way to do that will vary by state and by the size of the business. If your business goes down the tubes, you don’t want to lose your savings as well.

 Don’t expect overnight success. You may need to try several things and radically change your initial business plan before you find a formula that works. Understand that this whole journey to an encore career is not going to be a linear thing. Let yourself take some rides and try stuff.

Lastly, note that random wins are great, but keep them in perspective. You certainly should be aware of and be ready to absorb organic opportunities that just might work for you. They could change your trajectory positively. However, in the early stages, consistently working the plan is vital.

Cletus E. Olebunne, MBA, PMP.
Project Management Consultant.
Biotech-Biopharma Quality Mgt Consultant.
Entrepreneur & Author.
2016, Huritt Global Business School.

Six Sigma Training and Certifications Courses

From Six Sigma to Success

Time is money. Sign up today for Huritt’s online Six Sigma course and learn how to effectively run your operations.

In the world of manufacturing, Six Sigma is a phrase that professionals hear nearly every day. However, the Six Sigma methodology has applications reaching far beyond its traditional use that can save companies time and money.

The Six Sigma methodology is based on the idea of measuring and subsequently reducing defects in a process. In the Six Sigma course, participants present process improvement issues that their companies face. From banks to insurance companies, distributors to schools, any organizations that have processes can use Six Sigma to increase efficiency.

Huritt’s Six Sigma Executive Education is taught through a series of online training programs and four optional on-site days in New York, and offers professionals the chance to earn a “black belt” or “green belt” upon completion. Business leaders in a diverse range of industries have attended the course to develop strategies for process improvement.

 Executive Education: Green Belt – Six Sigma


This course teaches the tools and strategies of the Lean/Six Sigma DMAIC methodology. The course is designed to allow students to learn the tools through a series of electronic lectures and demonstrations, and then apply those skills learned by completing a project at their company. By the end of the course, students should be proficient in the Lean/Six Sigma DMAIC tools and methodology.

After completion of the course materials and project, students will be certified as a Lean/Six Sigma Green Belts.

Date and Time

Sun, Jan 15, 2017, 12:00 AM – Thu, May 31, 2017, 12:00 AM:

Fee: (₦1,125,000.00)

Registration Deadline: Jan 14, 2017

Executive Education: Black Belt Six Sigma


This course teaches the tools and strategies of the Lean/Six Sigma DMAIC methodology. The course is designed to allow students to learn the tools through a series of electronic lectures and demonstrations, and then apply those skills learned by completing a project at their company. By the end of the course, students should be proficient in the Lean/Six Sigma DMAIC tools and methodology.

After completion of the course materials and project, students will be certified as a Lean/Six Sigma Black Belt.

Date and Time

Sun, Jan 15, 2017, 12:00 AM – Mon, May 15, 2017, 12:00 AM

Fee: (₦2,025,000.00)

Registration Deadline: Jan 14, 2017

Six Sigma Fundamentals – Starts every month (6 weeks)


Learn how to effectively apply the fundamentals of total quality. Understand what quality is and learn about the history of the quality movement. Discover the role of customers in quality and determine the major elements of a quality system. Master key concepts such as the cost of nonquality, variation, and total employee involvement (TEI). Increase your value to your company by learning about various motivational models, leadership, and teamwork. Determine how to effectively apply quality standards by creating and implementing internal and external auditing activities. Learn the ins and outs of ISO 9000, ISO 14000, and the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. In this six-week online course, you will learn how successful organizations apply quality to their everyday activities. You will find out how to use teamwork to make the most of employees’ abilities and potential. I will help you manage the process of change, reduce customer complaints, and increase customer service. You will learn of a number of quality fallacies and how to lessen their impact.

Fee: (₦90,000.00)

Six Sigma Applications – Starts every month (6 weeks)


Learn how to effectively apply the elements and methods of Six Sigma. Understand how more than 25 tools and methods relate to the DMAIC (define, measure, analyze, improve, and control) model. Determine the relationship of basic statistics to Six Sigma and learn about the Six Sigma business case including strategic planning, the voice of the customer (VOC), quality function deployment (QFD), benchmarking, and financial investment methods. Discover how to use brainstorming, Pareto charts, and critical to quality help define processes, problems, and opportunities. Master the use of other key tools such as cause and effect diagrams, checksheets, scatter diagrams, failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA), and force field analysis.

In this six-week online course, you will learn how to apply the DMAIC model each step of the way. You’ll learn how to define, plan, implement, and close a Six Sigma project. You’ll also know how to use process capability and how to apply lean thinking. And you’ll understand the basics of advanced Six Sigma tools such as sampling, design of experiments (DOE), analysis of variance (ANOVA), hypothesis testing, control charts, and probability distributions.

This course will help you prepare for the internationally-recognized Six Sigma Black Belt and Quality Manager exams offered by the American Society for Quality® (ASQ®).

Fee: (₦120,000.00)


The “Double Whammy” in Nigeria’s Higher Education.

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The “Double Whammy” in Nigeria’s Higher Education.

One of the central topics in Nigeria’s higher education is the quality of the programmes. The “Double Whammy” is the skyrocketing cost and the rampant campus closures. And, with the Nigeria’s Naira depreciating against the US dollar and British pound, those Nigerians seeking American and UK education will spend more because of the high exchange rates.
At a time when Nigeria needs more college graduates, many current and prospective students are starting to question whether getting a degree will be worth the time, money, and for so many, the quality of the programmes.

While tuition is shockingly high, and more students are spending more time at home because of number of campus closures, the first step to increasing the quality of higher education in Nigeria is to address the issues of campus closures and tuition costs.

At Huritt Global Business School (HGBS), we serve both traditional and nontraditional students. For nontraditional student—most are 25 or older, have full-time jobs, and are responsible for supporting a family, HGBS offers online and competency-based programmes in partnership with American Public University, which allows these busy adults to earn their degrees on a schedule that fits their lives and at very affordable tuition costs.
For traditional student—those without university education, HGBS is offering pathway diploma programmes that allow students after completion, to top up for bachelor’s or master’s degree at a UK university campus at very affordable costs. Students can also choose to top up online at even lower costs.

While HGBS provides an affordable way to earn a high-quality, accredited degree, we know that for many professionals, there is a need to increase their skill sets in an effort to advancing their careers. To these professionals, Huritt offers over 200 career focus quality online progeammes and courses, and professional certification training courses.

In 2016, HGBSE launched new Initiatives, Huritt Academy Summer Abroad, and Early Childhood Education.
Huritt Academy Summer Abroad offers 13-17 years old the opportunity to spend 2-4 weeks in UK and US for leadership programmes among students of diverse culture. The Early Childhood Education programme is an online learning curriculum programme for little persons, ages 2 to 6 years old.

HGBSE was founded on an innovative idea of bringing quality affordable education to Nigeria, and the School continues to look for innovative ways to help more Nigerians get the degrees they need to improve their lives and the lives of their families. Helping them earn those degrees without saddling them with huge debt is key to our mission of expanding access to higher education through international partnership.

Huritt Global Business School is Sponsoring Students for J-1 Visa to study in NYC

Study Abroad

HGBSE is now sponsoring students for U.S. J-1 Visa to study at Manhattan Institute of Management.

Huritt Global Business School is now sponsoring students to receive J-1 Visa for up to 2 years (24 months) to study at Manhattan Institute of Management in New York City, near Wall Street.

This specifies the following:

* Students can receive a J-1 visa for up to 2 years (24 months)

* The student can do a paid or unpaid internship as part of the program

The one major stipulation is as follows:

* Students have the options of all-inclusive or tuition only fees for the first 6 months of study. Students choosing the all-inclusive fees option will be housed at our apartments near the wondrous  Central Park, the trendy South of Harlem in the Columbia University vicinity.

One-year program: For the one year International MBA program, student can choose to complete the one-year program in NYC, or 6 months in NYC and 6 months in Barcelona at EAE, a top European Business School. No GMAT is required. Students are eligible for paid Internship at NYC Companies.

Six-months programs include:

  • International Business Administration — Graduate Level
  • International Business and Finance — Undergraduate Level

Credits earned in the six-month program are transferable for bachelor’s and master’s degrees at these UK universities:

  • Northampton University.
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University.
  • Anglia Ruskin University.
  • University of Sunderland.
  • University of Nicosia Cyprus.
  • University of Lincoln.
  • University of Derby.

Now is the time to start applying for the July 11, and September 12, 2016 start dates.

Contact HGBSE for more information. Tel: (0) 808-856-5326. Email: