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What is LEAN?

At the most basic level, LEAN is a set of process management practices and decision making tools.  The goals of LEAN are consistent across all industries and departments: reduce waste and improve Quality, Speed, Cost, Safety, and Morale.  Improving all five areas will support long-term success for the organization and everyone involved—including customers, employees, owners, suppliers and other stakeholders.

LEAN has already been applied in manufacturing (factories, product design, and administrative functions) and service industries (including healthcare, banking, and government). The City of Detroit is one of the first municipalities in the United States to implement “LEAN” practices and development. 

How is the City of Detroit using LEAN now?

The City of Detroit officially launched a LEAN program in 2013 when Mayor Duggan asked for help from local consulting companies.  Since then the LEAN team has expanded by hiring 4 full time team members, training almost 75 new LEAN Green Belts every year, and working projects in almost every department. 

How do I get Involved?

If you are a City of Detroit employee, there are 3 ways you can utilize LEAN in your workplace: 

Meet the Lean Team

Director: Aimee Cowher (cowhera@detroitmi.gov)

Team Member: Bethany Melitz (melitzb@detroitmi.gov)

Team Member: Maggie Zhang (zhangm@detroitmi.gov)

Team Member: Mark Kincannon (kincannonm@detroitmi.gov)

SAVE THE DATE!

LEAN Green Belt Training Dates

TRAINING TIMES:

9AM - 1PM

FEBRUARY 2017

2/7

2/14

2/21

2/28

MARCH 2017

3/7

3/14

3/21

3/28

APRIL 2017

4/4

4/11

4/18

4/25

MAY 2017

5/2

Classroom training (@ Detroit Public Safety Headquarters) is required for LEAN Green Belt certification.


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