McCoy’s use of Lean Six Sigma (LSS) continues to improve the quality
and decrease the costs of Fort McCoy operations.
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."
benefits are defined as cost reduction, which can be either
a cost savings or cost avoidance, or revenue generation.
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
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
information on LSS training can be found on the IMCOM LSS Web site at https://www.us.army.mil/suite/portal/index.jsp.
you’re interested in attending LSS training contact your immediate
McCoy continues to see positive results in terms of operational
improvements and financial benefits across the garrison because of LSS
more information call 608-388-2003.
by Plans, Analysis & Integration Office.)