In honoring our country’s birthday this July 4th, we also want to celebrate one of the best business tools many government agencies use.
Lean Six Sigma has had much success among our nation’s cities. Many, such as El Paso, Texas, have had amazing results with its utilization, which is the main reason its use is spreading.
City of El Paso Utilized Lean Six Sigma
The city had its share of potholes to fix. Before Lean Six Sigma was used, they would get a call to fix a pothole, and they would fix it. This passive system of waiting for requests was a waste of manpower, and lots of potholes went reported.
After Lean Six Sigma was implemented, the crews are now assigned areas that have been identified for having issues with potholes, and the crews now repair them on a schedule. This revamping has kept all of their potholes maintained, and was a great success.
The City of El Paso now uses Lean Six Sigma to save money, streamline processes, and make better use of employee work hours. In the fiscal year of 2016, the city of El Paso saved approximately $705,000 using it for city improvements, with an expected $460,000 more in saving by the end of the fiscal year.
A Win-Win is Cause for Celebration
Lean Six Sigma is a sure winner. Perhaps Congress and lawmakers all over the country will start utilizing the genius of LSS and Six Sigma. It would improve many of our current debates, even our healthcare system. To get started, yes it is a lot of work, but it is certainly a win-win at the end.
This July 4th, let’s celebrate our Declaration of Independence that gave us the freedom to look to other countries for ideas to help our own here at home. The roots of Six Sigma can be traced back to eighteenth century Europe, along with the connection to Japan.
Happy 4th of July to All!
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