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Lean Six Sigma program continues positive results at McCoy

Fort McCoy’s use of Lean Six Sigma (LSS) continues to improve the quality and decrease the costs of Fort McCoy operations.

During the Garrison Commander’s Town Hall meeting in January 2009, Col. David E. Chesser discussed Fort McCoy’s 2009 challenges, one of them being "the effective deployment of Installation Management Command (IMCOM) business models such as Lean Six Sigma to look at our business practices to see where we can gain efficiencies, save money and then take that money and use it somewhere else on the installation to do our mission."

Definitions

Financial benefits are defined as cost reduction, which can be either a cost savings or cost avoidance, or revenue generation.

Gated projects are a detailed review of a current process, where a problem is identified but an immediate solution is not known. The project is facilitated by an LSS Green or Black Belt, with a Project Sponsor and a team of experts to find a solution to the process problem.

Just Do Its use a less-formal approach than a gated project; have relative low risk, are easy to implement, and have some type of benefit identified.

Lean Six Sigma is a process improvement methodology that focuses on increasing speed and quality or reducing cost of installation operations.

Operational benefits are benefits not measured in terms of dollars. Some examples include improved customer satisfaction, better workplace safety, improved staff morale, and improved product or service quality.

To meet this challenge, U.S. Army Garrison Fort McCoy’s LSS Project Sponsors, Green and Black Belts are conducting 13 gated projects. "We also completed two Green Belt gated projects this fiscal year, which resulted in moderate cost avoidance and operational improvements." In addition to full gated projects, LSS practitioners have completed 18 Just-Do-Its (JDI).

Through LSS efforts more than $3 million dollars in financial benefits were realized for Fort McCoy during fiscal years 08 and 09, and as Chesser said, this money then can be used somewhere else on the installation.

Project success is being realized in all directorates, with success being measured in terms of operational or financial benefits. An example of an operational benefit is the Directorate of Logistics completion of a Green Belt project on Accountability of Bulk Fuel Keys. Although a financial benefit wasn’t realized, the process was improved and with improved accountability "we lessen the possibility of waste, fraud and abuse." Another example is a JDI completed in the Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation, which resulted in a financial benefit of more than $9,000 by using protective pillow and blanket covers in Lodging. The protective covers significantly reduced the need to launder blankets and pillows, resulting in a substantial cost avoidance.

Fort McCoy has 30 Project Sponsors, 11 Green Belts, two Black Belts, and three Resource Management representatives currently trained and working on projects. In addition, 13 garrison employees are identified for or are attending LSS training. Fort McCoy’s goal is to have two trained Green Belts within each directorate and three Black Belts for the garrison.

More information on LSS training can be found on the IMCOM LSS Web site at https://www.us.army.mil/suite/portal/index.jsp.

If you’re interested in attending LSS training contact your immediate supervisor.  

Fort McCoy continues to see positive results in terms of operational improvements and financial benefits across the garrison because of LSS implementation.

For more information call 608-388-2003.

(Submitted by Plans, Analysis & Integration Office.)

 

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