Archive for Lean Governments

All in favor of making our government Lean?

Over eight years ago I had my first encounter with Harry Kenworthy. I can still remember his words as they resonate in my head today every bit as much as they did then. “How do you make lean stick? You must set an expectation and inspect the expectation and celebrate every accomplishment.” So practical it hurts! Lean Government Now! is exactly the same practical and to-the-point book. If you’re looking for theory, this probably is not the best book for you, but if you’re looking for a pragmatic approach to making government (or for that matter, any organization) more effective using powerful Lean concepts, Harry has unlocked the door! ~Paul

How Arizona Fixed Its Broken Child Welfare System in 2 Years

“‘The journey over the last two years has been nothing short of extraordinary,’ says Shalom Jacobs, deputy director of Arizona’s relatively new Department of Child Safety.

What’s changed most, says Jacobs, is a new management system under Gov. Doug Ducey, a former businessman, that borrows from “lean” practices in the business world to speed up the way they do things. In the past, the agency relied on ad hoc groups that would study an issue for a few months and recommend solutions. Jacobs, who started with the agency as a case specialist in 1999, says that previous leadership never focused on the processes and systems that kept breaking down. Now it’s the staff themselves who diagnose problems, propose solutions and then try out their ideas.”

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Lean Document Signing

Printing and signing documents can be time consuming. But watch Robert Olinger cut the waste of 3 minutes 16 seconds for each signature.

“Suggestion Box”

We watched this 1945 movie from the US Office of War Information World War II during our morning meeting. “How war plant workers made suggestions that resulted in efficiency and economy.”

Thank you to our Armed Forces At Camp Pendleton

Paul Akers sends thanks the Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton.

Zero Waste Town!

Check out this Facebook link for a video about Kamikatsu, Japan…a zero waste town!

Is Government Lean?

Did you know when I ran for the U.S. Senate and the Seattle Times look down their nose at me when I told him I wanted to bring Lean to Washington D.C.? I think the times are changing…watch this video!

Lean Roads

100% Lean-roads in Israel. No traffic lights!

King County Executive Says County Is Getting ‘Leaner’

King County Executive Dow Constantine gave his State of the County address yesterday. He spent a good deal time talking about how some county operations have gotten more efficient under his administration. Constantine credits a Japanese production process that is aimed at cutting waste. KUOW’s Deborah Wang has more.