Lean Black Belts Capstones 2018!

Posted by Heather Barto on May 14th, 2018

NH State Police Lean Black Belts


On Friday May 11, 2018 four Lean Black Belt students from the NH Department of Safety/NH State Police presented capstone projects at the BET (Bureau of Education and Training).

Kelley Achenbach and Sgt. Rebecca Eder-Linell shared their important work on the “Tracking and Sustainment of Future Lean Events“. This work will provide foundational enhancements to the Lean work ongoing and new at the NH Department of Safety. Lt Jeff Ladieu provided a strong presentation on the “State of NH Enterprise Project Management Solution”.  Jeff’s work is pivotal to capture project work for the aspect of Lean events. Sgt. Thomas Lencki wowed the audience on “Creating a Lean Culture in State Police“.  Culture advancement for an organization is an area where continued growth and development are required.

Colonel Christopher Wagner and Roberta Witham, both founders of Lean process improvement at the NH Department of Safety were in attendance to support and offer words of wisdom. All three presentations flowed exceptionally well together. Way to go!

To follow NH State Police on social media go to https://www.instagram.com/nhstatepolice and https://www.facebook.com/NHStatePolice/.

Graduation for the Lean Black Belts occurs on 6/1/2018, stay tuned for more updates and good work!

The NH Lean Executive Committee commends the work of NH Department of Safety for their work in advancing Lean process improvement!

NH State Police use Lean 5S Approach

Posted by Heather Barto on May 1st, 2018

5S at NH State Police

Before the 5S Model was applied. Wires everywhere. Created confusion and extra steps for finding a device.

After 5S was applied. Wires are neat and tidy.

The NH State Police (NHSP) have been immersed in Lean process improvement. The NH State Police has been very successful with Lean over the last several years. Colonel Wagner and Ms. Roberta Witham are the original State Police Lean Black Belts. Currently, the NHSP have additional staff that are in the process of completing the Lean Black Belt program through the NH Bureau of Education and Training.

Recently, the units were challenges to find a way to organize their work space, files, etc.  The 5S Model uses Sort, Straighten, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain as a method to organize and neaten up work areas.

Check out photos submitted of before and after the 5S approach.

Way to go NHSP!

New Lean Green Belts

Posted by Heather Barto on March 20th, 2018

March 2018 graduates

Congratulations to the new Lean Green Belt graduates.

Left to right

Back row: Kate McGovern (Adjunct Faculty Department of Administrative Services), Colin Premo (Department of Health and Human Services), Brian Strong (Department of Safety), Trevor Bauer (Department of Health and Human Services), and Patrick McGowen (Department of Health and Human Services).

Front row: Alan Moulton (Department of Environmental Services), Jeannie Caderette (Department of Safety), Murial Lajoie (Department of Environmental Services), and Allen Arbeau (City of Dover).

Free Process Improvement Webinars

Posted by Heather Barto on March 20th, 2018

Online resource for free educational learning with KaiNexus.

Webinars include using Lean for long term solution support, A3 thinking, case samples, coaching, and much more.

Watch from the convenience at your desk or with a group to have a round table discussion.


Do you gemba walk?

Posted by Candice Weingartner on March 13th, 2018

Find out conversation details at lean.org:

What kind of conversation should I expect during a gemba walk?

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