Room for Improvement - Episode #3: Vasco Cachaco, Xaar plc

Hear from Vasco Cachaco, Principle Six Sigma Process Champion at Xaar plc, the world’s leading independent manufacturer of piezo-based drop-on-demand inkjet technologies. Experienced in the role of a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Vasco talks about being inspired by the challenge of applying Lean Six Sigma tools and techniques. Vasco explores how he uses Lean Six Sigma tools to develop new ways of working and embed them in a new environment. During the interview he explains how they have automated the visualisation of metrics and process monitoring to save time on less value-added activities. This means the team can get straight to decision making and improving the business.

If like Vasco, you want to use a methodology to start collaborating with others to do much bigger projects, perhaps transformational projects, then explore PMI’s Lean Six Sigma Black Belt course.

As an experienced Black Belt,  in this episode of Room for Improvement Vasco talks about what it means to be practice business improvement. In the role of a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, you need to go beyond applying the tools you learn as part of your training and lead with a true PDSA mindset – make mistakes and learn from them. 

Listen to more insights from experienced Business Improvement Practitioners


Our video series aims to provide inspiration for people who are developing their Business Improvement capabilities.  The guests in each video are experienced practitioners who talk about how they got started, what it means to practise business improvement, and who or what has inspired them.  Listen out for their hints and tips to help you on your own improvement journey.

Inspired by Vasco’s achievements as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt? Resources that might interest you…

For many people, when they hear ‘Black Belt Tools’, they believe this means using complex statistics in production, manufacturing, or engineering environments. Some may even think ‘that’s not for me’.

Yes, a Black Belt needs to be competent in more advanced statistics, but an effective Black Belt has other methods and tools at their disposal that can be applied in all settings, industries and processes. In particular, to influence leadership teams, enable change, and communicate effectively.

Watch Now – Black Belt Tools with a Kick

If you are interested in understanding the Belts and what they mean to you or to your organisation, then presumably you are working in an organisation which has, or is in the process of establishing, a culture of continuous improvement where the thinking, methods and tools of Lean Six Sigma are important to you.

Read Now – Belt Up! Which Lean Six Sigma Belts are for you, your team, your organisation. 

When you develop your internal system for improvement, it’s important to allocate the projects appropriately.

But how is a Black Belt project different from a Green Belt? Is it just more complex, using more statistics? That can be the case, but there are other key differences where the competency, tools, and methods of a Black Belt are required to deliver a successful project.

Watch Now – What makes a good Black Belt Project?

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