Lean is a process improvement tool that increases the value to the customer by reducing waste. According to the Lean Enterprise Institute, “a lean organization understands customer value and focuses its key processes to continuously increase it.”
In 2018, approximately 25 CDPS employees from all divisions will participate in the Colorado Talent Challenge and will gain skills in Lean and other process improvement strategies. The Colorado Talent Challenge is a joint initiative between the Lieutenant Governor’s Office and the Department of Personnel and Administration to provide training and development opportunities to state employees at at reduced cost to state agencies through matching funds. Participating CDPS employees will learn the Lean methodology and complete a Lean project that benefits their customers. They will also gain experience using data and customer feedback to drive continuous process improvement.
At the completion of the training and project, the trained employees will be able to apply their skills to their particular work units and beyond, and may meet as a “Lean team” to support ongoing learning and application of process improvement strategies through the agency. Please congratulate and thank the employees listed below for participating in the inaugural Colorado Talent Challenge, and we look forward to developing and leveraging the knowledge of this group.
FY 2018 Colorado Talent Challenge Participants:
Afsoon Ansari Melissa Hemme
Alice Huyler Melissa Lineberger
Chris Augustine Michelle Geng
Dan Elder Richard Ryberg
Dean Paxton Shawn West
Eric Dymond Ted DeRosa
Jackie Perez Terri Anderle
JoAnne Barry Tina Buneta
John Lynkiewicz Trish Aragon
Justin Mullins Viktor Bojilov