JPW Foundation Assessing a New Way to Develop More Lean Thinkers with Nonprofits and College Students

The James P. Womack Scholarship & Philanthropy Fund (JPW Foundation) reflects on the outcomes of their ‘lean internship,’ which offers a hands-on practical experience to students while helping nonprofits help more people. In a recently created guide, the JPW Fund explains how the first two interns started in the Fall of 2019, and how they […]

Innovation in Africa – The Women’s Bakery

Peak Academy Black Belt graduate, Madeleine Binsfrahm, took her Process Improvement and Innovation training to her colleagues at The Women’s Bakery (TWB) – an organization that supports vulnerable women in Rwanda through extensive training and provides affordable, quality bread to the community.  The staff have tackled process mapping exercises, developed visual management tools in the form of […]

Reducing Wastewater Division Procurement Lead Time by 20 Days in King County

Kara Cuzzetto is a Lean Specialist at King County and previously worked in Healthcare where she became Lean certified. The Wastewater Division process for Procurement Contracts took over 300 days to complete and team members didn’t fully understand the entire process. The team performed a Gemba Walk, created a Process Map which allowed them to understand the whole […]

Lean Six Sigma Successes at Goodwill

by Brion Hurley This is an interview with Jess Schamberger, who is the Vice President of Operations at Goodwill of the Heartland in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She discusses some of the lean and Six Sigma improvements implemented in the donation receiving area, as well as the light manufacturing services they provide to local businesses. They […]

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