Lean Thinking in Action

Posted by Heather Barto on May 21st, 2020

The NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Organizational Development and Training Services curates a quarterly newsletter for employees. The newsletter, “ODdiTieS” provides resources, insights, tools, and much more for DHHS staff. This virtual format is particularly helpful in the virtual work environment these days.

The Spring newsletter provides viewers with several ideas and strategies on how to use Lean Thinking during times of telework. Lean concepts can be applied in just about every aspect of our work. A simple Kan Ban board can help manage task in an organized fashion. The 5S Model can assist with organizing a work space.

We thought the entire State of New Hampshire Lean Network would benefit from receiving a copy of the newsletter from the Lean Thinking perspective. If you haven’t had a chance, check out the fun Dear Eileen portion on page 4.

How are you supporting Lean Thinking at your organization? We would love to hear about it. Reach out to Heather Barto, State of NH Lean Executive Committee Chair, DHHS Process Improvement at Heather.Barto@dhhs.nh.gov for more information.

DHHS OdDiTieS Newsletter

Cancelled–3/18/2020 State of NH Lean Network

Posted by Heather Barto on March 16th, 2020

The NH Lean Executive Committee (LEC) has canceled the Lean Network Meeting on March 18, 2020. We look forward to reconvening at a later date. Stay tuned for an email invitation and location details.

The LEC is pleased to provide you with a short list of virtual resources in lieu of meeting in person for the next several weeks. If you have more specific questions, please feel free to reach out to agency Lean Coordinators.

Thank you for your continued commitment to valuable state and community process improvement work.


Heather Barto, MS, LSSGB, Lean Black Belt

LEC Chair

NH Department of Health and Human Services

Heather.Barto@dhhs.nh.gov      603-271-9496


LEC Membership Committee Members and Lean Coordinators:

John MacPhee, DHHS

Diane Dawson, DRA

Tom Lencki, DOS

Joe McCue, DOT

Linda Beliveau, Judicial Branch

Robin Parkhurst and Candice Weingartner, DoIT

Hallie Pentheny, OPLC

Bill Armstrong and Laura Holmes, DAS

Edie Chiasson, Lottery Commission

Jan Gugliotti, PUC

Erika Randmere, NHES

Suzy Easterling-Wood, DOC

Michele Kelleher, Banking

Vince Perelli, DES

Dagmar Vlahos

Coffee & Conversations; Experiential Learning and the 21st Centrury Workplace

Posted by Heather Barto on December 19th, 2019

Charles Bagley, Director of Staff Engagement at NH Hospital will speak about trends in formal workplace learning in the United States and strategies that aim to enhance formal learning with social, experiential, and information learning.

January 8, 2020 (8:15am-9:30am) 

UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law, Room 204

The Coffee & Conversations series is provided by UNH, Carsey School of Public Health, NH Bureau of Education and Training, and the NH Association of Certified Public Managers.


To register, click here

For Questions Contact:

Jordan Hensley, Carsey School of Public Policy
603-862-1463,  jordan.hensley@unh.edu

Fall 2019 Local Lean Summit-Registration is Open

Posted by Heather Barto on September 24th, 2019

Challenging times call for creativity, resourcefulness, and a fresh approach.

On Friday, November 1, the University of New Hampshire in partnership with the State of New Hampshire will host the 2019 Lean Summit ‘So You Think You Know Lean’ at the Memorial Union Building on the UNH Campus in Durham, NH.

This collaboration partners Lean practitioners from higher education, state agencies, nonprofits, and regional businesses to provide energizing conversations, creative solutions, and expansive ideas. Registration is open and closes on Sunday, October 27.

Lean is an approach to running any organization or process with a focus on continuous improvements and innovative ideas that create great results. The 2019 Lean Summit is committed to the spirit of innovation, and to help practitioners deliver value and efficiency through Lean and Continuous Process Improvement. Participants will hear from an array of Lean experts, network with other Lean practitioners, and participate in hands-on activities to introduce new ideas to help sharpen toolsets. Last year, the Lean Summit drew over 260 attendees.

This year’s Summit features a special keynote speaker, numerous learning opportunities, engaging, interactive sessions, and a chance to integrate and learn from other Lean practitioners. Registration for the 2019 Lean Summit is FREE to University System Employees (UNH, KSC, PSU, GSC, and USNH) and State of NH employees by using a coupon code.  For the State of New Hampshire or affiliated non-profits coupon code please contact Heather.Barto@dhhs.nh.gov.

Affiliated non profits is defined as a person/team/organization who has completed or is registered for training through the NH Bureau of Education and Training.

To register, go to http://unh.edu/lean/lean-summit.


2019 NH Lean Summit

Posted by Heather Barto on August 21st, 2019


 2019 NH Lean Summit “So You Think You Know Lean”

November 1, 2019

University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

Ready for the NH Lean Summit?

Focus Areas of the Lean Summit:

  • Walking the Walk
  • Lean and You
  • Holistic Change
  • Exploring Your Toolbox

The Lean Summit is organized and planned by UNH in collaboration with the State of New Hampshire Lean Executive Committee

For higher education questions or public industry questions contact Dagmar Vlahos, UNH Senior Process Engineer, Dagmar.Vlahos@unh.edu

For State or affiliated non-profit questions contact Heather Barto, DHHS Process Improvement Specialist, Heather.Barto@dhhs.nh.gov

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