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How Do I Gain Experience Leading Black Belt Projects?

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    Andrew Constable
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    hi all

    I have recently qualified and am looking to gain experience on black belt projects although I have only worked as a green belt on projects before.

    can anyone offer advice to gain experience on leading projects? all job vacancies ask for experience which is difficult when you can’t seem to get a foot in the door.

    thanks

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    #201207

    Chris Seider
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    My advice…ask to help out at your religious institution, or a local university, public services, etc. to help and volunteer your unique services.

    Get examples of doing projects and consider applying for BB jobs with the proven ability to get things accomplished using the DMAIC approach.

    Best of luck.

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    #201220

    Andrew Constable
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    thanks Chris

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    #201226

    Mike Carnell
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    @andrewtc If you have a job now you can do projects without all the fanfare everybody seems to think you need to have to do a SS project. It is a thought process. When you are given a task or a group of you at work decide to do something just follow the process. Document what you did and keep it in the form of a project. There are lots of people who can coach you such as Mr. Seider ( @cseider ) who answered you earlier. He has coached a couple hundred projects when we worked in South Africa. You won’t be giving up much in the quality of the project by not have internal support from a MBB. Most that I run into these days are clueless how to deliver results and think their job is to do toll gate reviews and give BB’s a bunch of crap. Mr Seider can actually help and so can MBBinWI.

    Just my opinion

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    #201230

    Strayer
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    You might also consider learning more about project management, such as from the Project Management Institute. In six sigma we tend to focus on the improvement process and not so much on project management. Knowing how to do it doesn’t mean you know how to manage it. If you have training in both you’ll be more likely to get your foot in the door.

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    #201233

    Andrew Constable
    Guest

    thanks guys for the great advice on this, great help.

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    #201234

    Dean Ekman
    Participant

    Absolutely agree. BB training and experience is greatly complemented by program management training and experience.

    Tip: If you take the PMP exam, some of the technical questions are directly related to things that a BB already knows.

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