The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics was looking for improvements in screening methods to gain and maintain cooperation with companies that provide data. They were seeking to save approximately $75,000 based on reduced assembly time and improved screening time.
Carol Rupley, a field economist at the Bureau, took Green Belt Six Sigma training and completed the Green Belt project certification with 6sigma.us. She spear-headed a project to analyze how to reduce the time in pre-contact screening activities, starting with answering questions such as:
- Does reduced use of printed material improve the process?
- Does additional information improve screening time?
Through her Green Belt project, she suggested improvements to the way they produced printed materials and the information included in printed materials. This included:
- Researching field economist preferred mapping information and distance calculation, and look at additional resources as well as ways to reduce costs
- Investigating improved electronic screening material and visual data and integrate with existing systems — include decoded data, maps, and web links
- Looking at ways to work electronically and reduce printing
- Brainstorming types of metrics needed to assess process improvements and look at existing measures of data collection
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