Graduate Studies and NH Lean Credits

Edith Chiasson, Lean Black Belt, is a 2019 MPA Graduate Candidate for the UNH Carsey School of Public Policy Master of Public Administration program.  She earned her Lean Black Belt certification through the State of New Hampshire’s Bureau of Education and Training in 2016 and is a member of the State of NH Lean Executive Committee.

Edie shares, “The study of Lean adds value to public service initiatives by acquiring effective process improvement tools complementing the leadership, program evaluation, budgets, planning, personnel, collective bargaining, and policy analysis tools offered as part of the University of New Hampshire’s Master of Public Administration program. Lean management techniques align with public policy implementation, using innovative process improvement to support purpose-filled missions and value-driven cultures. Lean methods and tools are carefully designed to reduce process challenges and improve customer service at every level in our government.”

Edie is currently employed as the Audit Supervisor at the NH Lottery Commission and is using Lean approaches as a system of evaluating effectiveness and efficiency in current policy and procedures to uphold reasonable administrative costs to support and advance the agency’s mission. Edie has also provided leadership and Lean Coordinator support to initiate a pilot mentoring program, onboard newly trained facilitators, and more.

For more on how Edie has integrated Lean into everyday work, contact her directly at Edith.Chiasson@lottery.nh.gov or 603-271-7151.

Congratulations Edie on your upcoming academic achievement and for being a constant champion of continuous process improvement!

Local Lean Publication with Kate McGovern, MPA, Ph.D.

The Public-Sector Journey to Lean written by former New Hampshire Bureau of Education and Trainings (BET) professor, Kate McGovern offers a walk through the many contributions made to process improvement efforts. The book details vignettes and in-depth perspectives on the unique work of government.

Kate McGovern, MPA, Ph.D., Trainer, Professor

The book celebrates the accomplishments and challenges of New Hampshire’s Lean work. Kate’s book walks readers through the tough fight of muda (waste) in times of muri (overburden). The story affirms the creativity and diligence of our Lean practitioners, documenting multiple countermeasures to muri, and the innovations on the New Hampshire approach.

Heather Barto’s innovative Lean Wrap-Around Services Model for the Department of Health and Human Services is discussed, as well as the leadership provided in Department of Safety by Commissioner John Barthelmes, Colonel Chris Wagner, Roberta Witham and Sgt. Tom Lencki, and the camaraderie and commitment of those serving in the Lean Executive Committee (LEC).

While crediting remarkable accomplishments of Lean practitioners, the book urges action by elected and administrative officials. A public policy parable is used to illustrate the challenges in New Hampshire, while Vermont’s program is described as an exemplar.

The story closes with a series of recommendations designed to bring the initiative to the strategic level. The book is dedicated to Sam McKeeman who provided the hands-on Lean training model for the New Hampshire BET. Graduates of Sam’s training formed the core of New Hampshire’s movement for continuous improvement in public service, whereby there today much growth still happening.

Kate will be providing a presentation and signing copies of “Public-Sector Journey to Lean” at BET’s Coffee & Conversation on Wednesday March 20, 2019. A 20% discount code is offered towards the purchase Public-Sector Journey to Lean.

For more information on New Hampshire’s Lean efforts visit http://lean.nh.gov.

Building the Lean Bench at NH Lottery Commission

At  the New Hampshire Lottery Commission, not only are we building the Lean bench by adding 2 Green Belts and 12 Yellow Belts, we are also piloting our own grassroots mentoring program for supervisors.  The NH Bureau of Education and Training is a great partner in training and it’s up to us as an agency to follow up with discussions about what we’ve learned and how to put what we’ve learned into practice.

 Facilitator and mentor of the group, Edie Chiasson, who also serves as the NH Lottery Commission’s Lean Coordinator notes, “In addition to my role as a mentor for Lean initiatives and lifelong learning, I have a responsibility to help prepare the next generation for the challenges they will encounter. It is a critical component of succession planning for any organization.”

 Program participant, Travis Emerson states, “The S.T.A.R. program has allowed us an opportunity to collaborate, sharing ideas and best practices across departmental boundaries. We are learning from each other which improves our performance as leaders and supervisors.”

 The mentoring program is titled S.T.A.R. (Supervisors That Are Resources).  Our pilot group (see photo) meets weekly, with a strict time limit of 30 minutes, to explore various topics.  If more than 30 minutes is needed to discuss a topic, it is continued at the next meeting. Topics can come from a BET training session (from Lean, CPM, CPS, Foundations of Supervision, etc.), from a book (any Lean, Management, or Leadership book), or current challenge (morale, motivation, inspiration, etc.).  To date the group has explored:  Team dynamics – The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Employee appreciation and inclusion – How to be a Dream Manager, Emotional Intelligence – The Five Components of Emotional Intelligence at Work, Leaders paying it forward – Step Up and Lead; Puzzles – How to approach putting pieces together; Managing Up – Managing is not just one way; and Leaders are responsible for outcomes – Extreme Ownership.  

 The program is an immediate success with participants learning from each other. Inevitably, everyone leaves the meetings feeling inspired and eager to get back to work with their teams. It sets a positive tone for the day!

 

Pictured left to right: Travis Emerson – Lean Green Belt; Edie Chiasson – Lean Black Belt/mentor, Tonya Walsh – Lean Yellow Belt, Carmela Nolin – Lean Yellow Belt, Tiffani McIntosh – Lean Green Belt

Congratulations to the NH Lottery Commission on their Lean advancement!