Making state government in Ohio simpler, faster, better, and less costly. .
About LeanOhio

The mission of LeanOhio is to make government services in Ohio simpler, faster, better, and less costly. Using the improvement methods of Lean and Six Sigma, Ohio's state agencies are cutting red tape, removing inefficiencies, improving customer service, and achieving measurable results

The LeanOhio Network includes hundreds of state employees who have been involved in Kaizen events and other improvement projects. Many have earned Lean certifications. The Network includes state employee unions and members who promote Lean, improve processes, and partner with the state to teach Lean tools and strategies.

Each state agency has a Lean Liaison. This ensures communication and coordination throughout state government. Liaisons identify improvement opportunities, engage agency staff in improvement efforts, and ensure that changes are implemented and sustained.

LeanOhio is coordinated by the LeanOhio Office, within the Ohio Department of Administrative Services. Office associates are Lean Six Sigma experts who serve as internal systems improvement consultants.
LeanOhio Headlines

More Project Results:
Lean practitioners from eight agencies present improvement projects

July 13, 2017 · Get links to their presentations

Ohio Department of Commerce:
Clearer, simpler application process will reduce processing time and backlog

June 30, 2017 · Fact Sheet · Report-Out Presentation

Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission:
Instructors will experience shorter lead times and less paperwork during application

June 9, 2017 · Report-Out Presentation

Centralized inventory system will improve truck assembly process

May 19, 2017 · Report-Out Presentation

More project results at DYS, PUCO, and OOD:
Green Belts improve four key processes at their agencies

April 27, 2017 · Get links to their presentations

Department of Rehabilitation and Correction:
Transformed hiring process will get quality candidates on the job up to 7 weeks faster

March 10, 2017 · Fact Sheet · Report-Out Presentation

New in our Lean Leader series:
An interview with Agriculture's George McNab – Legislative Liaison and Black Belt

Improved information flow will benefit patients of long-term care

January 27, 2017 · Fact Sheet · Report-Out Presentation

Ohio Housing Finance Agency:
Streamlined post-award process strengthens communication and ensures compliance while giving developers faster access to needed funds

January 20, 2017 · Fact Sheet · Report-Out Presentation

Big start to the new year:
Lean practitioners from nine agencies present improvement projects

January 19, 2017 · Get links to their presentations

Building state government's in-house expertise:
19 newly trained Black Belts ready to put their Lean Six Sigma skills to work
December 23, 2016

Registration now open:
LeanOhio Yellow Belt · Thursday, January 26, 2017
Click here to register

OOD: Employment will be retained or gained 80% faster for employed and job-ready individuals with disabilities
December 16, 2016 · Fact Sheet · Report-Out Presentation

ODNR uses Kaizen event to plan an efficient future for merging Parks and Watercraft Divisions
September 30, 2016 · Fact Sheet · Report-Out Presentation

DAS works with customer agencies to transform procurement process -- making it paperless and eliminating 159 process steps
September 1, 2016 · Fact Sheet

Program update:
Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program is a standout example of public-private partnership

Registration now open:
OQN Pathways To Excellence: A Lean Tools 'Drilldown' · Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Download the flyer
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Immersive Lean Six Sigma learning with the LeanOhio Office:
Lean Leader Development Program is the ultimate "learn by doing" experience
July 22, 2016 · Learn about the program

DAS: Customers of central procurement will see faster service with implementation of one standard process and a one-stop web page
July 15, 2016 · Fact Sheet · Report-Out Presentation

From the Columbus Dispatch:

Ohio recognized for cutting government red tape, saving money

June 24, 2016 · Read the full article

More Lean-powered results:
See a summary of reported Lean projects completed by Ohio's political subdivisions

Bureau of Criminal Investigation: Results for background checks will be received up to 80% faster when new system is in place
April 15, 2016 · Fact Sheet · Report-Out Presentation

More improvement results:
Lean practitioners from EPA, Health, DNR, DAS, and Insurance present projects

April 14, 2016 · Get links to their presentations

Medicaid: Improvements will simplify and speed up the process to ensure that individuals are appropriately placed in nursing homes and receive the services they need
April 8, 2016 • Also on the team: MHAS, DODD, Aging, Area Agency on Aging
Fact Sheet · Report-Out Presentation

Ohio Board of Pharmacy: Investigations will move faster with streamlined process that gives agents quicker access to valuable resources
March 11, 2016 · Fact Sheet · Report-Out Presentation

Ohio Department of Natural Resources: Overhauled approach for administrative investigations and discipline will clarify and quicken a challenging process
March 4, 2016 · Fact Sheet · Report-Out Presentation

Ohio Housing Finance Agency: 
Home buyers will receive OHFA homeownership products 15 days faster

March 4, 2016 · Fact Sheet · Report-Out Presentation

Public Safety, Bureau of Motor Vehicles: 
Mailed-in payments to the BMV will sail through thanks to improved mail processing

February 26, 2016 · Fact Sheet · Report-Out Presentation

Injured workers will receive quicker compensation with streamlined process

February 8, 2016 · Fact Sheet · Report-Out Presentation

Ohio Veterans Home: Ohio veterans and their families will experience a faster and smoother admission process
February 4, 2016 · Fact Sheet · Report-Out Presentation

73 Lean projects were reported in 2015:

From the Suburbanite:
North Canton Schools go 'Lean'
"Looking for ways to improve should be a constant." 
December 15, 2015 · Read the full article

More improvement results:
Lean practitioners from JFS, OOD, DPS, MHAS, and AG present projects

November 4, 2015 · Get links to their presentations

Strengthening our public-private partnership:
Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program gets under way
September 21, 2015 · Learn about the program · Meet the participants

Adjutant General:
Number of steps to pick, pack, and ship to service members cut in half

September 4, 2015 · Fact Sheet · Report-Out Presentation

Administrative Services: Tenants will see faster turnarounds on projects to move or improve workspace
August 7, 2015 · Fact Sheet · Report-Out Presentation

Latest Green Belt projects generate improvements at OhioMHAS and OBM
July 30, 2014
Get links to many more Belt presentations

NEW "Innovate Before You Automate" Briefing Paper 
It's a best practice that LeanOhio relies on for almost every process improvement project: No IT solutions until you improve the process first. This briefing paper explains the seven reasons why. 

Expanding our improvement know-how in state government:
Employees from 10 agencies are the latest to gain new tools for process improvement
July 24, 2015 · See the full LeanOhio Network directory

Ohio Pharmacy Board: Basic license applications will go through 16 days faster on average with move to electronic processing
July 17, 2015 · Fact Sheet · Report-Out Presentation

Office of the Ohio Attorney General: Most informal dispute resolutions will be processed in just two days -- 46 days faster than the previous average time
July 15, 2015 · Fact Sheet · Report-Out Presentation

Ohio EPA: Strengthened emergency response process will further safeguard human health and the environment
July 1, 2015 · Fact Sheet · Report-Out Presentation

Leading the nation in in-house Lean expertise in state government:
The LeanOhio Network is now 700+ people strong
June 30, 2015 · See the full LeanOhio Network directory

Another Black Belt milestone:
Black Belts from Commerce and Aging present their improvement projects
June 22, 2015 · Get links to their presentations

LeanMatch is here!
Our new request board matches Lean know-how with where it's needed

Enterprise-wide improvement:
9 state agencies map out standardized approach for managing federal grants
May 21, 2015 · Report-Out Presentation (pptx format)

LeanOhio Metrics Guide and LeanOhio Diagnostic Guide
These guides are tailor-made for Ohio state government's 600+ Lean-trained practitioners. The Metrics Guide gives user-friendly instruction on key process-improvement measures. The Diagnostic Guide is an essential resource for anyone who's called on to deliver Lean-related services. 

Youth Services: Transformed process for treatment teams will strengthen the focus on youth while freeing up 12,000 hours per year for mission-critical activities
April 24, 2015 · Fact Sheet · Report-Out Presentation

Ohio Supreme Court: 91% of all purchase requests will get processed in 1 day with simplified workflow
April 3, 2015 · Fact Sheet · Report-Out Presentation

Lean-powered results: 20 Black Belts and Green Belts present their improvement projects
March 18, 2015
Get links to their presentations

1 simple accounts receivable process will become standard practice, replacing 5 separate agency processes
February 27, 2015 · Fact Sheet · Report-Out Presentation

Streamlined enforcement process will bring faster resolution to complaints regarding insurance agents and agencies
January 30, 2015 · Fact Sheet · Report-Out Presentation

New: Lean Six Sigma Methods
Summarizes nine improvement methods in terms of difficulty (skill level required) and complexity (number of people, work units, or processes involved)

Leading with Lean in 2015:
Agency Lean Liaisons convene to coordinate efforts and share best practices
January 20, 2015 · Learn more about the Lean Liaison role

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At a Kaizen event, Governor John Kasich saluted the team, voiced his support, and encouraged more people and more agencies to put Kaizen to work. Click on the photo for more info.
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The mission of LeanOhio
Get an overview of what, why, and how, by LeanOhio founding director Steve Wall.

Kaizen Event slideshow
Learn what happens before, during, and after

LeanOhio in action
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The Local Government Efficiency Program includes grants to political subdivisions, and scholarships to employees, for learning and projects powered by Lean, Kaizen, and Six Sigma. Get details
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