Fall 2019 Local Lean Summit-Registration is Open

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

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 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

2019 Lean Summit in Maine

The 2019 Lean Systems Summit agenda is a great local opportunity to meet fellow Lean practitioners.
What a bonus it’s being held in Portland in August; how can you beat that?
We have several speakers from NH joining the agenda to share various aspects of Lean application.

Please follow the link for more information:

http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07egd6u4a14d921ba6&llr=lofddvxab

Hope to see you there!

Successful Lean Event Among Two NH State Agencies

Teamwork is pivotal for any project success. Lean project work is no different. Every team member has a role and valuable information to provide. When processes impact multiple organizations or agencies, Lean can offer an avenue for common group and support critical improvement paths.

This State of New Hampshire two-agency (Department of Information Technology and Department of Environmental Services) Lean event team was charged to develop a new and improved software ordering process. The current business process included extra processing steps and periods of waiting, which created confusion at times. The goal for the team was to develop a clear process through using Lean methods and tools.

The multi-agency team came together to address organizational items including:
• Discrepancies with who gets software licenses
• Inconsistent information on order forms
• Current process not documented

Photo: (left to right) Lean Black Belt Candice Weingartner (NHDoIT), Anne-Marie Martin (NHDES), Terri Sabbia (NHDES), Lean Green Belt Dean Robinson (NHDES and Co-facilitator), Elaine Bolduc (NHDES), Lean Green Belt Susan Bergeron (NHDES and Co-facilitator), Lean Green Belt Muriel Lajoie (NHDES and Project Manager), Lean Green Belt Rob Cole (NHDoIT) and Dave Cormier (NHDoIT – not shown).

Overcoming recent staff turnover, three different ordering procedures (due to the class of funds), and multiple-agencies (not to mention involving outside vendors), the team worked hard over three half-days to systematically and deliberately craft a solution, using Lean and continuous improvement practices. Specifically the team used the project charter to identify the central problem and scope, Value Stream Mapping (VSM), identification of 8 Types of Waste (DOWNTIME), identified bottlenecks, brainstormed improvement ideas, through a facilitated Kaizen event.

The team used the VSMP approach to create a detailed map of the process, identified areas that could be improved and then documented a new and improved process. In addition, the team inventoried the list of information included on software order forms, and came up with more effective forms. The solution they developed that was effective, efficient, addressed all the original concerns, while being approved by all stakeholder groups, including the outside vendor.

With new recommendations identified, Muriel Lajoie will lead the charge to implement the improvement actions including creating a shared group mailbox, simplified but thorough software ordering checklists, and communicating a new procedure.

Candice Weingartner, DoIT Lean Coordinator and facilitator shares her insight stating; “DES and DoIT came together and effectively mapped out both current and future states.  They also came up with some fabulous bright ideas which were incorporated into the future state, along with some which will be used with the next phase.  All participants were dedicated to the process and engaged.  Kudos to all involved for a successful event.”

Congrats to the NH Department of Information Technology  and NH Department of Environmental Services on developing a streamlined process for ordering software!

For additional project information contact Candice Weingartner at Candice.Weingartner@doit.nh.gov or Dan Hrobak at Daniel.Hrobak@des.nh.gov.

Visit the State of New Hampshire’s Lean training website for additional information about Lean in NH State Government.

Lean Week at NHDES: April 1-5, 2019!

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) is hosting an exciting Lean Week from April 1st – April 5th.

In addition to these activities described below, we are holding a 5S contest, to see who can make his or her desk the cleanest, neatest and most organized. This winner of this contest gets a gift certification to Tucker’s Restaurant.

To see a more detailed description of the fun-filled activities, check out Lean Week Presentation Summaries, under “Hot Topics.”

Contact Dan Hrobak, NHDES Lean Coordinator, to learn more and register for the 5S competition.

Check out the NHDES Lean Webpage for more information about NHDES and Lean.

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