King County Employees reduce project lead times by 2 years through Lean

In Sept, King County Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) celebrated the hard work of hundreds of employees who have been streamlining how WTD operates the regional system and how it builds new facilities needed for our growing population. Employees explained to coworkers how they used Lean techniques to improve efficiency, standardize processes, and save time –…

Restoring Stores

Contributed by Matt Manguso and Kathy Hashagen Note: Solid Waste Division (SWD) Operations manages recycling and garbage services at eight locations, transports materials, landfills waste, and manages closed landfills. SWD ‘Stores’ provides the repair parts, materials, services, and supplies to support those operations. The concrete floor in Stores had seen better days.  When it was…

Help us create a Lean Government

Executive Dow Constantine set a goal for King County to be the best run government. To get there we are embracing continuous improvement, instituting best management practices, empowering employees to innovate, and striving for second-to-none customer service. Sound exciting? Well we are hiring for 2 positions! This is a great opportunity to join our effort…

Influential Individuals: Developing Lean leaders to transform our organization

Lean leaders aren’t always in a position of authority – but they are in a position to influence (as we all are to one degree or another). Regardless of their formal role, Lean leaders are trained to nurture continuous improvement through facilitation and coaching, which can positively impact and promote culture change. Employees trained in…

Environmental Sampling and Reporting goes Lean

Completing environmental reporting for the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill is a complex process. With complicated record keeping, a long distance from sampling location to laboratory, and equipment and software challenges, the group responsible for environmental sampling and reporting knew there had to be a better way. The first improvement they made involved transportation. On a normal day, the group would…