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Tuesday, Aug. 05, 2014

Lean Six Sigma aims to improve efficiency

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Twelve employees from across the Directorate of Training and Development have embarked on a mission to earn their green belts, not in a form of martial arts but rather the Lean Six Sigma process.

The Lean Six Sigma is a managerial concept combining lean manufacturing and lean enterprise and Six Sigma, which results in more efficient processes in organizations not only within in the Army, but in businesses and corporations around the world.

"One of the goals is to give the capability for us to better assess how we do things," said Jay Brimstin, the director of DOTD at the Maneuver Center of Excellence.

During the initial cost-saving analysis facilitated by the ongoing budget reductions, Brimstin said one of the things that became clear was the need to look at things from the bottom up, instead of the top down.

"It gives us the chance to look at our internal processes and make them more effective and more efficient and at the same time provide professional development opportunities for personnel within the organization," he said.

Although he said he was aware of many of the challenges and issues within his organization, Brimstin said the Lean Six Sigma projects have shown him some of which he wasn't fully aware.

Students attended four days of training in late July and will attend another five days of training in the middle of this month. Afterwards, they will have six months to complete a project to help create more efficient processes within their part of DOTD.

"My goal is to take three or four projects, which I think are executable, and take them on as our own," Brimstin said, adding those projects will have command-sponsorship, which is critical for their successful implementation.

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