Improvement Results

Posted by Candice Weingartner on August 15th, 2017

The State of Washington’s Results page hosts a variety of reports and information on Lean efforts in their state.  Take a look and see if you find anything which may be on your list of projects to work on.  The groundwork may already be out there for a solution to your project.

Lean Webinar

Posted by Heather Barto on August 8th, 2017

Webinar on Kaizen event considerations. Had some highlights about reverse Lean considerations with Kaizen work. Slide deck will be shared.

Friday Forums for Continuing Education

Posted by Candice Weingartner on August 7th, 2017

The Bureau of Education & Training (BET) will be offering Friday Forums, a continuing education program for Lean Green and Black Belts.

Each forum will include a workshop about a Lean tool or technique, as well as time for peer problem-solving and idea generation.

Please join us on:

Friday, September 8
BET Training Center, 130 Pembroke Rd. Concord
Workshop topic: “Evaluating value: Red, Green, Yellow…What is Orange?”
No cost, but pre-registration is required – use the self-service calendar on the Lean website
Pre-requisite: NH Green Belt or Black Belt program

We’ll be announcing subsequent dates and topics in the near future.

Questions or recommended topics for future forums?  Please contact Kate McGovern at

Innovation Before Automation

Posted by Candice Weingartner on August 3rd, 2017

The State of Ohio’s LeanOhio initiative describes the benefits of process improvement prior to the implementation of new technology in this publication:


“The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency.  The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.”

– Bill Gates

June 2017 Black Belt Graduates

Posted by Candice Weingartner on June 29th, 2017

June 2017 Black Belt Graduation from BET Lean Training Program:

Participants in this ten-session program combined classroom study, mentorship and practical application. Participants examined Lean principles and practices including Shingo, Kata, and Hoshin, and they conducted a capstone project to apply their skills and to understand Lean from an operational and strategic perspective.

Congratulations on your achievements!


2017 Black Belt graduating class with BET adjunct faculty member, Kate McGovern.  Pictured Left to Right:  Bill Hurd (University of NH), Joshua Jarvis (Keene State College), Maureen Collopy (Dept. of Health and Human Services), Barbara Bryant (Gateways Community Services), Kate McGovern (Dept. of Administrative Services), Cindy Carrier (Dept. of Health and Human Services), Jennifer Drake-Deese (Keene State College, Michelle Fuller (Keene State College), Chris Ialuna (Dept. of Safety).  Missing from photo:  Kirsten Durzy (Dept. of Health and Human Services)




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