U.S. Navy Reserve Works with Lean Six Sigma and PMI Principles

Posted by: meikah | 9 December 2008 | 11:20 pm

Lean Six Sigma at US Navy ReserveSam Sumwalt is among the Premier 100 IT Leader. Sumwalt is currently the chief technology officer of the U.S. Navy Reserve.

One of his major accomplishments is improving how members of the U.S. Navy Reserve to communicate and collaborate with each other through a website. How did he do improve a mailing list that reached only a handful of them? He combined Project Management Institute principles and Lean Six Sigma.

Sumwalt went on first consolidating projects and then directing the work of three technical teams, two contractors and one internal Web team. In addition to following standard Project Management Institute principles, Sumwalt and his leadership team applied Lean Six Sigma tools to evaluate the project’s effectiveness and timeliness. The end result was a single, comprehensive Navy Reserve Web site, complete with single sign-on to all applications, including blogs, wikis, discussion groups and document libraries.

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Indeed, Sumwalt is just living his motto: “There is always a better way. You just have to find it.” And with all the different kinds of process improvement methodologies out there, you just need to find the one that works best for your processes.

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Filed under: Lean Six Sigma, Project Management, Software/Technology, US Navy Reserve

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