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If everyone in an organization were a Green Belt, that would be wonderful because they would have a common language, a common understanding of the Phases and the process improvement methodology. If a Green Belt said they were in the Measure Phase, everyone in the organization would know what that means, and the tasks they are about to embark on.

But the schedule of training everyone is important, because training everyone without support to apply the skills isn’t a great approach. We want Green Belts to get trained and apply the skills. Often employees need help with the application part.

Creating a “Wave” approach to training can work well. This is when a group of people are trained, and mentored by a coach for their project. Make sure training, application and project work go hand in hand when rolling out a program. If you want more help on Lean Six Sigma training rollout plans, we have a Rollout Kit available.

Tracy O'Rourke

Tracy is a Managing Partner at, the co-author of The Problem-Solver’s Toolkit and co-host of the Just-in-Time Cafe. She is also a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Instructor at UC San Diego and teaches in San Diego State University’s Lean Enterprise Program. For almost 20 years, she has helped leading organizations like Washington State, Charles Schwab and GE build problem-solving muscles.