Champion

DEFINITION
Within the context of Six Sigma and Lean Six Sigma, the term ‘Champion’ refers to one of the roles within a (Lean) Six Sigma organization. The Champion is chiefly concerned with determining the deployment strategy for (Lean) Six Sigma and setting and promoting the related business objectives. This role is often assumed by a senior manager or leading role within the organization who carries a large degree of influence within the organization.

ORIGIN
The term ‘Champion’ originates from the early days of Six Sigma when it was first being implemented at Motorola.

APPLICATION
The Champion is chiefly concerned with determining the deployment strategy for (Lean) Six Sigma and setting and promoting the related business objectives. The Champion is usually the ‘face’ of (Lean) Six Sigma within the organization and the driving force behind both its organizational deployment and the promoting of its general mindset of Continuous Improvement. In practice, the Champion is almost always part of the management team and responsible for the operations.

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