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This really does depend on the scope and size of the project. We have seen projects completed in as little as 60 days while some take longer than a year. If this is your first effort, we recommend starting small. Pick a process within your span of control, with a manageable problem and a small team. This will allow learners to focus on applying the methodology and understand the tools and approach. As you gain more experience, projects can be more complex, broader in scope and require larger teams.

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.