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Great question and the answer is “yes!” Our advice will always be to start small. Do something meaningful but focus on “manageable” projects if it’s your first time out of the gate. Your goal is to prove to yourself and others that you can follow the Lean Six Sigma method and achieve positive results. Tackling something you could complete in a short period of time will accomplish a number of things:

  1. You’ll get immediate practice on using the method from start to finish
  2. You’ll make mistakes and learn from them
  3. You’ll gain confidence in your own capabilities
  4. You’ll build the confidence that others have in you
  5. You’ll be ready to tackle a larger project and make even bigger improvements (with fewer mistakes!)

Good Luck!

Elisabeth Swan

Elisabeth is a Managing Partner at, the co-author of The Problem-Solver’s Toolkit and co-host of the Just-in-Time Cafe. For over 25 years, she's helped leading organizations like Amazon, Charles Schwab and Starwood Hotels & Resorts build problem-solving muscles with Lean Six Sigma to achieve their goals.