The Army’s Lean Six Sigma Program Office was honored to have J.D. Sicilia, the director of the Department of Defense (DoD) Lean Six Sigma Program Office, as the guest speaker at the graduation ceremony. Sicilia emphasized the Department of Defense’s, and the Army’s, goal of becoming self-sustaining and discussed how he has utilized his MBB skills sets to complete Lean Six Sigma projects within government.
Sicilia also discussed the Department of Defense Lean Six Sigma mission and the ongoing DoD-wide effort to determine the enterprise-wide challenges the U.S. Army is facing, identify those the Army can collectively solve, develop action plans, and begin implementation. The DoD effort focuses on four areas which impact the DoD: (1) Strategic Alignment, (2) Consistency of Approach, (3) Integration and (4) Human Capital. The impact that these areas have upon the ability to conduct enterprise-wide projects will be discussed with the Deputy Secretary of Defense at the October 22-23 Breakthrough Convention.
Colonel Nick Amodeo, the director of the Army Lean Six Sigma Program Management Office, provided the opening and closing remarks. Colonel Amodeo congratulated the MBB candidates for having completed a rigorous course and set of requirements over a three month period. Colonel Amodeo spoke to the students of the road ahead as Army master black belts who will be expected to lead transformational changes; conduct large scale, enterprise-wide projects; provide direction as a subject matter expert on the application of LSS methods to the command’s leadership, project sponsors and belt practitioners; and assist the command’s Deployment Directors in recruiting, training and coaching LSS belt candidates.
Upon completing the remaining certification requirements, the MBB candidates will become their respective commands’ “in house” experts for disseminating knowledge and training/coaching Belt practitioners. They will also take direct leadership roles in conducting large, complex enterprise-wide LSS projects.