Continuous Improvement a Key Goal with Lean Six Sigma
Lean Six Sigma is a quality improvement methodology used by organizations to save time and money by identifying and modifying processes to reduce waste. Six Sigma identifies several key roles that are responsible for successful implementation, and names them using different “belt” colors in order to identify responsibilities. Each level ("Champions", "Black Belts", "Green Belts", "Yellow Belts", etc.) includes specific training to certify those team members as experts in implementing the necessary process improvements.
Greece Central School District is working with RIT's John D. Hromi Center for Quality & Applied Statistics (CQAS) to train staff in the Six Sigma disciplines. Donald Baker, director, and Vincenzo Buonomo, professor, both with CQAS, are leading the training sessions which include specific projects identified by the participants to help improve specific areas within GCSD. Staff are attending training in the different belt roles in order to help identify and transform key performance indicators by department in order to increase efficiency and service quality. The current Yellow Belt training is an extension of the Green Belt training held last spring.
This initiative is part of the Envision Greece 2017 goal of creating quality performance management systems. During the summer, the superintendent's Cabinet and Directors of Facilities, Finance, Transportation, Technology, Food Service and Operations attended a Leadership Professional Development Retreat aligned with the goals of the Envision Greece Strategic Plan to improve quality, efficiency and results. The summer training was based on the Malcom Baldridge Quality principles.