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

Lean Liaisons
The Lean Liaison fills an essential role that involves sharing information about Lean, promoting its use and coordinating Lean activities

November 20, 2019 · Lean Liaison Role · Current Directory

Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities - Medicaid Service System (MSS) Overhaul
County Boards and Providers benefit from an improved and updated system

November 14, 2019 · Report-Out Presentation · Fact Sheet

LeanOhio November Newsletter
November issue spotlights the most recent round of LSS Green Belt practitioners and introduces a new member to the LeanOhio team
November 1, 2019

More Improvement Results:
Sixteen employees representing ten different state agencies awarded certification belts

October 29, 2019

LeanOhio October Newsletter
October issue takes a deep dive into explaining LeanOhio training and certifications

October 1, 2019

LeanOhio September Newsletter
September issue spotlights a recent green belt project at the Department of Job and Family Services

September 3, 2019

LeanOhio August Newsletter
August issue highlights recent belt projects and members of the network provide some key lessons learned

August 1, 2019

2019 Green Belt Training Cohort:
Green Belt session being held September 30th through October 3rd -- apply now through August 22nd

August 1, 2019 · Download the Application

More Improvement Results:
Sixteen employees representing nine different state agencies awarded certification belts

July 30, 2019

LeanOhio July Newsletter
July issue spotlights the newest members of the LeanOhio Network and finishes our 5-part series on DMAIC

July 1, 2019

LeanOhio June Newsletter
June issue highlights the results of a Kaizen event with the Department of Agriculture and issues a training challenge to the Network

May 31, 2019

Ohio Department of Agriculture - Consumer Protection Laboratory (CPL)
A reimagined future for sample collection would mean improved data sharing and faster results

May 10, 2019 · Report-Out Presentation · Fact Sheet

LeanOhio May Newsletter
May issue continues the focus on defining DMAIC and introduces a new Lean Liaison for the Attorney General's Office

May 1, 2019

New LeanMatch Request
Matching Lean skills with where they're needed

LeanOhio April Newsletter
April issue introduces two new Lean Liaisons and highlights a recent partnership Governor DeWine's RecoveryOhio initiative

April 1, 2019

LeanOhio March Newsletter
March issue welcomes the newest member to the LeanOhio team and provides a Boot Camp update

March 1, 2019

LeanOhio Network Resource:
2019 Spring Conference - ASQ Columbus Section
March 11, 2019 · Registration · Flyer · Schedule

LeanOhio February Newsletter
February issue highlights the many process improvement projects being completed in the LeanOhio Network

January 31, 2019

New in our Lean Leader series:
An interview with BWC's Kameelah Guthridge

More Improvement Results:
Fifteen employees representing nine different state agencies awarded certification belts

January 23, 2019

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction - Ohio Penal Industries (OPI)
Improved process will speed up the time it takes for OPI to deliver products and services

January 18, 2019 · Report-Out Presentation

LeanOhio January Newsletter
January issue highlights a project with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

January 2, 2019

LeanOhio: 2011 - 2018 Results
The results are in and Ohio continues to lead the way in improving state government processes

December 31, 2018 

LeanOhio December Newsletter
December issue focuses on the importance of using the Four Voices when collecting data

December 4, 2018

LeanOhio November Newsletter
November issue spotlights a recent Green Belt project and a Lean tool used for organizing large amounts of data

November 1, 2018

New in our Lean Leader series:
An interview with LeanOhio's Racquel Graham

LeanOhio October Newsletter
October issue provides an update on the Lean Local Program and the benefits of Gemba Walks

October 1, 2018

More Improvement Results:
Lean practitioners from DOT, DYS, OAG, ODH, OSS, and MHAS present projects

September 27, 2018

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD):
Transformed process will ensure pre-screened job seekers are faster and more accurately matched to employers
September 24, 2018 · Fact Sheet · Report-Out Presentation

LeanOhio September Newsletter
September issue introduces two new Lean Liaisons and provides additional resources for process mapping

September 4, 2018

LeanOhio August Newsletter
August issue spotlights the Ohio Department of Taxation and the approaches they use to implement Lean

August 1, 2018

Ohio Rail Development Commission (ODOT):
Improved process will mean increased capacity to evaluate more rail crossing safety projects per year

July 27, 2018 · Fact Sheet · Report-Out Presentation

NEW "Lean & Six Sigma: What's the Difference?" White Paper 
Lean Six Sigma is often a term used to describe process improvement, however, this phrase represents two distinct systems that overlap. This white paper explains the differences and benefits of each. 

LeanOhio July Newsletter
July issue spotlights a new partnership with the state's eLearning resource, Learning On Demand (LOD)
July 2, 2018

New in our Lean Leader series:
An interview with Health's Lawissa Tidrick – IT Project Manager and Black Belt

LeanOhio June Newsletter
June issue spotlights the surge in data analytics and ways Lean is used at a popular vacation destination
June 1, 2018

New LeanMatch Request
Matching Lean skills with where they're needed

LeanOhio May Newsletter
May issue spotlights the importance of Value Stream Mapping (VSM)
May 1, 2018

White Belt Training
LeanOhio White Belt training now availabe through ELM

April 30, 2018

LeanOhio April Newsletter
April issue focuses on improving a county process and provides an update on Green Belt training
April 3, 2018

New LeanMatch Request
Matching Lean skills with where they're needed

From the Tribune Chronicle:
Program aims to make county more efficient

March 2, 2018 · Read the full article

LeanOhio March Newsletter:
March issue spotlights a collaboration effort led by the Ohio Department of Insurance

March 1, 2018

More Project Results:
Lean practitioners from seven agencies present nine improvement projects
February 15, 2018 · Get links to their presentations

Ohio Department of Medicaid:
Steamlined process will help better serve Ohioans through provider retention and training

February 9, 2018 · Report-Out Presentation

LeanOhio February Newsletter
New newsletter provides technical tips, useful resources, and upcoming events
January 31, 2018

New LeanMatch Request
Matching Lean skills with where they're needed


LeanOhio: 2011 - 2017 Results
The results are in and processes in Ohio are being made simpler, faster, better, and less costly

December 22, 2017 

New in our Lean Leader series:
Interviews with Medicaid's Felicia Sherman and BWC's Scottie Powell

Ohio Department of Commerce:
Improved process will speed up the time it takes for customers to receive goods and/or services
December 3, 2017 · Fact Sheet · Report-Out Presentation

Ohio Department of Education:
Revamped Intake and Investigation processes will help close Professional Conduct cases in half the time

November 3, 2017 · Report-Out Presentation

More Project Results:
Lean practitioners showcase improvement projects
October 26, 2017 · Get links to their presentations

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

DRC and ODOT:
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



Medicaid:
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


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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.


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