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PRESS RELEASE: More Than 1,500 State Employees Attend State Lean Conference

Released November 5, 2015

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OLYMPIA, Wash. – People from nearly 60 Washington state agencies, boards and commissions attended last week’s Lean conference in Tacoma, including 49 from the Washington Department of Corrections.

The annual two-day conference, hosted by Results Washington, featured dozens of sessions on Lean management principles, agency case studies, panelists, researchers and experts. Steve Sinclair, Assistant Secretary of Prisons, and Carly Kujath, Strategic Operations Manager, presented on the department’s successful lean efforts to reduce the use of restrictive housing beds while also reducing prison violence.

“We’re using lean problem solving and collaboration to help employees manage the work and to serve people better,” said Governor Inslee. “We’re using those same approaches to work on challenges in education, public health, the environment and other areas.”

Lean is a management philosophy that stresses customer-focused improvements and employee-driven problem solving. Inslee sharply expanded the state’s Lean efforts with an executive order two years ago launching his Results Washington initiative.

In addition to state employees, hundreds of other conference attendees included people from 12 other states, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Conference attendees were also asked to donate a canned food item as the “price” of admission. As a result, more than 3,300 pounds of food was donated to local food banks.