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Lean Ohio Boot Camp

Lean Boot Camp: Transforming the Public Sector


LeanOhio Boot Camp is an intensive week-long training that teaches Lean methods and tools. The entire program is tailored to the public-sector workplace and public-sector processes. This is practical training aimed at generating results. Participants will be able to use their new knowledge and skills immediately -- to make government simpler, faster, better, and less costly.

The training is filled with government examples and exercises. Included is an in-depth simulation involving a prototypical agency, so participants build their toolkits by way of a real-world situation. It’s perfect for leaders who work in government in an Ohio city, township, county, school district, or other governmental agency or organization.

Click Here for user name and password to apply for Lean scholarship application

Course Description:

Lean Boot Camp is an intensive exposure to the hands-on use of Lean methodologies and tools applied to public-sector processes. This full week of training will provide participants with a data-driven methodology to help make transformational changes. Government agency examples will be used for application-based training. For maximum benefit, participants should have support from their organization leadership to attend and be able to apply concepts and tools immediately in their workplace.


Participants will be able to:

  • Develop an improvement project
  • Be an effective improvement team member
  • Apply Lean tools and methodologies to make the organization more effective and efficient
  • Decrease the complexity of processes and eliminate unneeded steps
  • Identify the seven most common causes of waste

All participants will be provided with printed materials the 1st day of the training program. In order to participate in the training program, you must register in advance.

Due to the nature of the training, space is limited. Only the first 24 paid participants will be accepted.

Who Should Attend:
Anyone seeking to learn more about managing process improvement within the public sector.

What is Lean?
Lean refers to a collection of principles and methods that focus on the identification and elimination of non-value added activity (waste) in any process. Lean methods provide an alternative path to navigating tough budget pressures and customer service and responsiveness demands on public agencies.

Utilizing Lean a public sector entity can:

  • Eliminate or drastically reduce backlogs
  • Reduce time to meet customer needs by more than 50%
  • Decrease the complexity of processes and eliminate unneeded process steps
  • Improve the quality and consistency of work products and activities
  • Allocate more staff time to "mission critical" work
  • Improve staff morale


The Local Government Efficiency Program, (LGEP)

Sponsored by the Development Services Agency, in partnership with the Department of Administrative Services' Office of Lean Ohio, LGEP is offering local government the opportunity to learn and apply Lean strategies to innovate, provide better service, and save money. To assist, LGEP is offering scholarships for this training.

Select from one of the available training offerings:

  • City of Hamilton, OH: 5-day Boot camp is being held April 22, 23, 24, 30 and May 1, 2015 
City of Hamilton
345 High Street

Hamilton, OH 45011 

Course Fee: $2,000.00. Payable by state of Ohio scholarship vouchers, credit card and checks

** Deadline for Scholarship Application is 21 days before the scheduled training**
Follow this link for instructions on applying for a Scholarship Voucher:  Scholarship Instructions and Scholarship Application
Use the link provided in the application directions to set up a user account. Once you've completed your application for a user account, you will receive an email from Ohio DSA's Nicole Bent with your user name, password, and a link to complete the scholarship application. Direct questions regarding the application process to Ms. Bent at 614-644-6552 or


FAQ: Please click here for Frequently Asked Questions
Register: Please click here to Register for the class

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation for refund must be made two weeks prior to the start of the training. After that date all fees are non-refundable.


Instructor Bio:

BrodbeckKaren Brodbeck
Lead Instructor

Ms. Karen Brodbeck has over 13 years Master Black Belt Experience. She received her Six Sigma training while at Navistar where she worked for 12 years. In her tenure at Navistar, she also served as an Environmental Chemist, Quality Engineer and Quality Manager for the Paint Division in addition to her Master Black Belt position. The last ten years have been spent consulting where she has trained over 1,500 Black Belts and Green Belts in the Lean and Six Sigma Methodologies. She has worked with over 60 companies across North and South America. Ms. Brodbeck is an accomplished trainer and consistently receives the highest marks from her students.

She also teaches Six Sigma in academic settings, so her knowledge goes beyond just her practical experience. Her work has taken her into many types of industries including utilities, service organizations, healthcare, public, financial and manufacturing. Ms. Brodbeck's credentials includes a B.S. in Chemistry Education and an M.S. in Manufacturing Management.




Jim Kleemeier, PMP
Project Manager, Workforce Development Center
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
10100 Reading Road
Evendale, OH 45241-3100
513-569-4955 / 513-569-1801 (fax)


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