I have been in the data and performance management software business since 2010. Districts that have been using data in the classroom are beginning to realize that data can be used to improve efficiency outside the classroom. And while the focus appears to be on data, there is only a limited focus and capabilities in data firms to help districts use data. Lean is probably the best possible improvement methodology and tool set that districts can learn to make use of data in operations and support services.
Lean is an improvement and problem-solving method that is used in a wide range of organizations including hospitals, school districts, state government, manufacturers and service providers. Lean offers school districts an easy to learn the methodology and common sense set of tools that can be used to reduce waste, raise efficiency and simply make it easier to get the job done. I have personally launched or been involved in projects that used Lean methods to reduce food service losses by 80%, control custodial supply use, reduce lost time injuries by 85% and simplify convoluted purchasing processes. A Lean black belt consultant that works with me reduced the cost of facilities operations in a district by 25% by implementing Lean solutions to reduce supply use, improve energy efficiency, reduce outsourcing, and raise custodial productivity. A Cleveland Public Schools teacher that attended one of our Lean Six Sigma classes used root cause analysis and variance analysis to help students identify the causes of a failed experiment to grow bacteria. The students, by the way, loved it! And they now have a set of tools they can use the rest of their lives.
These experiences and a host of others prove that Lean can make a major difference in the operating costs, efficiency, and quality of district services. Lean effectively integrates the art of management with the scientific method to analyze and solve problems. Isn’t this a perfect fit for district’s that are focused on STEM education? Why does it work? How many meetings have you attended that rarely produce solutions? Or in which decisions are made based on perceptions, not facts? Lean provides a process called (DMAIC), and tools to define the problem, measure, analyze data, develop solutions, and monitor and control. Lean engages frontline employees in problem-solving and it makes extensive use of visual management to help workers work smarter.
We offer a free one-hour workshop on Lean in Education. Give us a call or contact us and we’ll help you learn more about this powerful tool. Contact me at email@example.com or 419-392-1775 to learn more.Share this post