How ping pong balls could inform Kern County’s transition to Lean Six Sigma management approach

Kern County will reveal its plans Tuesday for moving beyond the toy catapult stage of improving the efficiency of county government.

The Kern County Board of Supervisors will listen to a presentation on the future of the popular Lean Six Sigma system for improving county management, leadership and innovation.

For much of the year the county has been training 200 of its top managers in Lean Six Sigma and building teams that will be tasked with coming up with projects to improve county operations, reduce costs and streamline processes.

That training at times involved launching ping-pong balls with mini-medieval siege engines.

But, while that might sound frivolous, county leaders believe the concepts presented in those lighthearted lessons will help the county analyze where it wastes efforts, find better ways of doing things and implement those processes.

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