The structured corporate programme supports Green Belts to move from understanding the theory to being confident Lean practitioners. The Green Belts are supported by the Change Team and an external consultant as they work in teams on a project.
The green belt trained staff are asked about proposals for processes they are working with on a daily basis that could be more efficient. They complete a one page Charter which outlines:
- Why the improvement is necessary
- What the outcome will be
- What the challenge is
- What the goals of the project are
- What success will look like
- What failure will look like
For the Corporate Programme in 2015, 20 Charters were produced and
pitched to the LSS group. The most suitable seven processes were selected. The green belts were allocated across the chosen processes, with each team being supported by a member of the Change Team and one of the Champions (Senior Managers).
All of the teams worked through the DMAIC process - Define, Measure, Analyse, Improve, Control. A key point with LSS is that you do not jump to a solution. Time is invested in clearly understanding the problem, then capturing and analysing appropriate data to identify the actual cause of the problem. The teams documented the AS IS process and analysed what the base line was. They developed the TO BE process and some started with pilots to test those changes. Each of the teams aimed to have collected a minimum of two weeks data from the revised process ahead of the ‘day of success’ to ensure they had robust results to back up their improved process. They were then able to present their projects to the Senior staff at the ‘Day of Success’ which allowed the teams to share their hard work and success with the ECMT.