NTP 2023: Lean Six Sigma Reduces Waste

How can Federal agencies and other organizations reduce and eliminate waste? How can these same organizations increase efficiencies to promote innovation and growth? According to Forbes Magazine and American Transparency: Open the Books, the Government wasted almost $33 million between 2017-2019. The Festivus Report 2022 paints a grimmer picture, citing more than $482 billion in Government waste.

Sheryl Vogt, President of Vogt Consulting Inc., has the solution to address the issue of waste while improving productivity for all our organizations. Vogt will instruct Project Managers, Supervisors, Data Analysts, and others interested in learning how to implement process improvement into their everyday work.

Vogt will teach a three-part Lean Six Sigma Series at Federally Employed Women’s (FEW) National Training Program (NTP) in Columbus, Ohio, on July 10-14. She has more than 24 years of hands-on experience in quality and engineering and 17 years of Lean Six Sigma experience. Vogt was a Master Black Belt of Six Sigma at the General Electric Company before starting her consulting company.

Interested participants and managers who want to learn more about the practical application of Lean Six Sigma may look no further than the public interest story about logistics specialist, Kevin Joyce, who saved the U.S. Army almost $10 million over five years. When Joyce scrutinized how computers were reset within Army Warfighter Information Network Tactical units, he saw how the U.S. Army could save money by doing the work themselves. “I knew the cost savings would be big, but I didn’t know it would be that big,” said Joyce, who came up with the idea as part of a Lean Six Sigma project. “It was expensive to ship the computers out and have a contractor reset and clean the laptops, but it also brought equipment accountability back to the unit.”

FEW’s NTP offers more than 110 classes in five tracks that include professional development, office technology and administration, leadership and culture, employee experience, as well as mindfulness and wellness. All courses align with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Executive Core Competencies (i.e., leading people, leading change, business acumen, result driven and building coalitions).

Register today for the Lean Six Sigma courses with Vogt:

  • Lean Six Sigma Course 1 – Introduction to Lean Six Sigma and Waste Identification. Monday, 7/10 from 1:00- 4:00 P.M. Register today—only 40 seats. Not a member? Click here.) This introductory course provides an overview of Lean Six Sigma, explains the five phases of a Six Sigma Project and introduces a quick tool that can be used to start identifying opportunities for process improvement. Participants will: 1) be introduced to Lean Six Sigma and understand the common language used, 2) learn a tool for starting process improvement in their organization and 3) actively practice identifying opportunities for Process Improvement. (Professional Development 1222)

  • Lean Six Sigma Course 2 – Using Voice of the Customer to Define Problem Statements. Tuesday, 7/11 from 1:00-4:00 P.M. Register today—only 40 seats. (Not a member? Click here.) This course is a follow-up to Introduction to Lean Six Sigma and Waste Identification. It will delve more deeply into the key tools for understanding customer requirements and scoping Lean Six Sigma projects to meet them. Participants will:         1) gain an overview on collecting and using Voice of the Customer, 2) learn tips and tools to collect and use Voice of the Customer to craft a problem statement, and 3) practice creating a plan for collecting and translating Voice of the Customer. (Professional Development 1223)

  • Lean Six Sigma Course 3 – Using Process Maps in Lean Six Sigma. Wednesday, 7/12 from 1:00-4:00 P.M. Register today—only 40 seats. (Not a member? Click here.) This course builds on the first two LSS Courses and takes the first step in a Lean Six Sigma project by using process maps to understand the current situation and identify root cause issues. Key questions and tips will be shared to ensure the process map is used correctly to guide the process improvement team. Participants will: 1) gain an overview of the uses of process maps, 2) learn tips and tools to build a process map to understand current situations and issues and 3) practice creating a process map. (Professional Development 1224)

FEW helps more than one million women in the military and civilian workforce become strategic leaders with its four-pillar program: training, legislation, diversity, and compliance. Since 1968, the nonprofit has advocated for equity and diversity for women. FEW works toward advancing women in the government with cutting-edge training, nationwide networking and invaluable insight. For more information, please visit FEW.org.