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  • Can Six Sigma Filter Through Government Bureaucracy?

    The Noise of Government Bureaucracy Can Six Sigma filter through government bureaucracy for success? That may be a tough question to ask. The multi-layered silos of government bureaucracy have been hardened over time. To most, those silos are impenetrable and hope of meaningful change is fleetin...

    Tags: General, Leadership, Six Sigma, bureaucy, change agent, government

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  • Exploring Complex Problems Using Systems Thinking

    Cornell Policy Review published a special issue exploring the application of systems thinking to public policy problems. Graduate students were given an introduction to systems thinking and then applied the concepts to address issues their field. Students applied systems thinking to a wide arr...

    Tags: education, systems thinking, government, problem solving

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  • Making Things Better - Lean Streets: Improving Road Maintenance in Washington State

    Ever feel like your home city or town needs to step up its game in maintaining road conditions? People in Washington State certainly have - and for them, lean turned out to be the way to efficient and effective road maintenance. Steve Gorcester played a major role in this lean transformation - he...

    Tags: government, PDCA, process improvement, supply chain

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  • The (Real) Lean Firefighter: Bringing Lean to the Grand Rapids Fire Department

    Brad Brown had no lean experience when he joined the Grand Rapids Fire Department (GRFD) in 2003. But as the Great Recession went into full swing and budgets were slashed, he discovered lean – and realized it was just what the GRFD needed to weather the recession. This is his story. Orig...

    Tags: A3 Thinking, lean and society, Problem solving, government

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  • Government Agencies can Benefit from Lean Process Improvement

    Study Shows Government Agencies can Benefit from Lean Process Improvement, but Few Take Advantage Government leaders have increasingly implemented Lean process techniques in an attempt to make taxpayer-funded operations more efficient, but the use has been limited, a new study shows. The report, ...

    Tags: News and Current Events, Six Sigma, government, six sigma

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  • Public Administration: Past, Present, and Future

    Professor Ravi Roy, Director of the W. Edwards Deming Incubator for Public Affairs at Southern Utah University spoke at the Deming Management in Public Administration Conference earlier this year on Public Administration: Past, Present, and Future.   Quoting Denzau and North (from Shared M...

    Tags: psychology, video, conference presentation, government, systems thinking, transformation

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  • Hit by Hard Times, Local Governments Turn to Lean Six Sigma

    Private businesses are not the only ones turning to Lean Six Sigma to improve processes that have proven wasteful and failed to create the desired results. In recent years, the city of Houston, the Miami-Dade County government in South Florida and King County, Washington, are among those that ha...

    Tags: News and Current Events, Six Sigma, California, government, Houston, lean, lean six sigma

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  • Creativity: Presentation by Heather Groom

    Guest post by John Hunter   Heather Groom’s presentation on Creativity at our Deming in Public Administration seminar. In discussing the roadblocks to creativity she mentioned the imposter syndrome. I have seen imposter syndrome mentioned very frequently recently (the last year or...

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  • Seattle-Area Government Turns to Six Sigma-Like Plan to Maximize Tech Investments

    Faced with a tight budget, like so many other local governments around the country, officials in King County, Washington, began in 2013 to search for ways to maximize the benefits of taxpayer dollars invested in technology projects. They had a lot of questions. For example, had $250 million in i...

    Tags: Implementation, News and Current Events, dmaic, government, King County, lean six sigma, methodology, six sigma, six sigma implementation

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  • City in Kansas On the Cutting Edge of Lean Six Sigma Implementation

    Tight budgets have led public officials across the country to invest more into process improvement. From California counties to the National Guard, Lean and Six Sigma have been adopted to make operations more effective and efficient. What once was considered a methodology that only worked well in...

    Tags: Implementation, Leadership, News and Current Events, government, Lean six sigma local government

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