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Minnesota state agencies with continuous improvement web pages:

Department of Corrections

Department of Health


Organizations that provide training and educational opportunities for organizational improvement:

Lean Enterprise Institute: fee-based educational opportunities to advance lean thinking

JUST ANNOUNCED: The Lean Enterprise Institute is offering a series of 13 lean management workshops in Minneapolis Sept. 17 to Sept. 19! The workshops cover fundamental lean concepts such as standardized work and kaizen, along with management and coaching skills needed to support a culture of continuous improvement. For more details and to register call 671-871-2900, email registrar@lean.org or visit the LEI website.

Manufacturers Alliance: fee-based lean training events throughout Minnesota

Minnesota Council for Quality: fee-based events and services for lean leaders throughout Minnesota

University of Kentucky College of Engineering: tuition-based, accredited lean systems training and certification


Lean in the news

"Washington governor highlights Lean as solution to government clutter"
Lean strategies offer Washington state government a way to clean up and remodel a 123-year-old system that is full of clutter, according to Gov. Chris Gregoire (October 23, 2012)

"McKenna, Inslee outline plans to bring efficiency to government"
Both State of Washington gubernatorial candidates support Lean initiatives in state government (October 6, 2012)

"State wants advice on running lean"
Summary of Minneapolis/St. Paul article on General Mills' partnership with Enterprise Lean. (January 27, 2012)

"Talking reform with Tina Smith, Governor Dayton's chief of staff "
Pioneer Press video interview about Governor Dayton's reform initiatives. (December 9, 2011)

"The latest art in government maintenance,"
The Star-Tribune reports on Anoka County's Kaizen activities. (July 8, 2011)

"Blueprint for Change,"
Minnesota House of Representatives Session Weekly, reports on efforts in the 2011 legislative session to redesign state government and how Enterprise Lean is already making state government more efficient. (March11, 2011)

To listen to the Lean Enterprise presentation to the Minnesota House of Representatives, click here or visit the House video archives.

Running a Lean Machine,”
Municipal Sewer and Water Magazine, reports on the State of Minnesota's use of Lean leadership and its focus on process over policy to remove non-value-added waste and increase efficiency. (August 2010)

"Lean Goes Public,”
Manufacturers Alliance MA Insider, looks at the successes, opportunities and challenges of implementing Lean in Minnesota state government. (June 2010)