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The Everyday PM Podcast | "Lean Six Sigma Black Belt vs Project Management Professional"

One aspect I love about being a project manager is that there is a plethora of certifications available to us. As a life-long learner, I am a proponent of using education to elevate our understanding of project management fundamentals. Of the certifications and degrees available, there is a long-standing debate between the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (LSSBB) and Project Management Professional (PMP®). In a nutshell,

Lean Six Sigma certification is a quality management certification offered by the International Association of Six Sigma Certifications (IASSC™) designed to reduce variations and eliminate waste which ensures the quality of the process.


PMP- Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification is an industry-recognized credential offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI®). It is a certification that prescribes the best practices for project management designed to improve the success rate of the project.

Which is better? Which will help me advance my career? To answer these questions and provide insight into each certification, I am excited to welcome to The Everyday PM Podcast, Christina Olivarria and Kelly Hickler.

Christina has previously joined me to talk about topics such as goal setting and lessons learned AND carries both LSSBB and PMP® certifications. We also have Kelly joining us, who has a serious interest in pursuing certification to enhance her career in urban planning but has questions about which one she should invest in. What better way to learn about both certifications than to hear from someone who has both. Kelly will be taking the hosting duties from me as we cover the following topics:

  • What is LSSBB? What is the PMP®?

  • How does each certification complement project management?

  • How does having one or both certifications help you stand out and be an effective leader?

  • What you need to know about preparing for the exam

Enjoyed this new-themed episode about certifications? Want to learn more about LSSBB and/or the PMP®? Leave your thoughts and feedback in the comments section below! Make sure to follow Christina, Kelly, and me on LinkedIn for more.

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Program/Project management professional with over a decade of experience in product development, physical retail launches, health care, and tech industries. Helping grow and diversify the project management community, one podcast at a time.

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A well-organized, task-orientated project manager, who takes initiative in delivering the highest quality services to both peers and clients alike. Values collaboration, but is unafraid to make decisions when needed. Experienced in leveraging social media campaigns to generate sales and increase company visibility in the ever-evolving world of online communications.

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