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Lean Government Resources

Keep waste down and efficiency up with these tools focused on Lean government principles and Six Sigma.


lean six sigma logoThis information guide is designed to provide resources to assist Oregon state employees who are developing skills in Lean Six Sigma, Lean management, and Lean government.


This guide will cover the following features:

  • Recommended Resources
  • Examples of Lean Government
  • Search Strategies
  • State Library Services

About Lean Six Sigma and Lean Government

According to the American Society for Quality:

Lean Six Sigma is a fact-based, data-driven philosophy of improvement that values defect prevention over defect detection. It drives customer satisfaction and bottom-line results by reducing variation, waste, and cycle time, while promoting the use of work standardization and flow, thereby creating a competitive advantage. It applies anywhere variation and waste exist, and every employee should be involved.

The EPA states:

Lean government enables government agencies to work more effectively and efficiently by eliminating waste in their processes. By using Lean methods to identify and eliminate unnecessary process steps and activities government agencies better understand how their processes work and can make adjustments that optimize desired outcomes. Using Lean government ensures that processes function smoothly and consistently, which allows staff to focus time and resources on higher value activities.