Last Updated on 17 September 2023
Your Six Sigma Sponsor is a member of the senior management, often at board level, who gives the green light to a Six Sigma project. A Six Sigma project often requires a significant investment of company resources, which could otherwise be used on other investments, so careful thought is needed that this project is the best use of that irreplaceable company resource.
Making sure that the chosen project offers the best value return for its expenditure is vital. Indeed, the sponsor’s signature is an endorsement that the project is not only worthwhile but also potentially lucrative. Their reputation may well take a hit should the project not deliver the promised improvements.
Who should be a Six Sigma Sponsor?
The choice of who to appoint for this role often depends on an individual’s position within the organization. You are looking for someone of high seniority, that can approve use of company resources, with a supportive stance towards the implementation of process improvements. It’s their belief and proactive investigation and support that can drive a project from conception to success.
Ideally, the Six Sigma sponsor is usually at board level who has financial skills in order to objectively weigh the potential benefits and drawbacks of the project. The right sponsor can empower your Six Sigma projects, fueling them with the guidance, support, and endorsement they need to succeed.