Collection: Transportation Lean Forum
To help promote Lean business management and provide support to each other, several transportation agencies have formed the “Forum for Lean Process Improvement in Governmental Highways/Transportation organizations.” This group is also referred to as the Transportation Lean Forum (TLF). The TLF Toolkit collects resources, links, and targeted background information to help you get started and continue to advance your Lean practice.
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North Dakota DOT – Transportation Innovations Program Homepage | Research Report, WebsiteSystem Performance
The homepage of the North Dakota DOT Transportation Innovations Program, or TRIP. TRIP is a new program to identify and implement innovative ideas in transportation projects, processes and products. The homepage includes a summary listing of such innovations and contains links for users to submit new ideas.
ITD District Four Signal Light Innovation | Research ReportSafety
ITD Innovation | Research ReportSafety
As part of a series of videos on ITD's Best of the Best program, this video provides an overview of the continuous improvement efforts undertaken at ITD. This video outlines goals, partnerships, and innovative practices at ITD.
Idaho Transportation Department Best of the Best | Research ReportSafety
This video covers the ITD Best of the Best Awards in 2016, including information on the winners and improvements to the program itself, which encourages continuous improvement. The categories in which an award may be received for an innovative solution are safety, customer service, economic opportunity, cost savings, mobility, time savings, and employee development.
Ohio DOT Office of Employee Development and Lean Homepage | Research Report, Website
This site-specific webpage outlines Ohio DOT's continuous improvement efforts. The page provides contact information, links to the ODOT Progress Report and Critical Success Factors Defined, and offers access to employee development tools and trainings.
Missouri DOT Innovations Challenge | Research Report, WebsiteBridge, Pavement, Safety
This state-specific webpage provides an overview of Missouri DOT's Innovations Challenge program. The program challenges Missouri DOT employees to create innovative solutions and shares best practices as part of a continuous improvement effort. The site includes links to best practices in projects and productivity, and categories such as bridge maintenance, preventative maintenance, and winter operations, as well as videos from the program's annual showcase event.
Colorado DOT Process Improvement Homepage | Research Report, WebsiteSafety
This state-specific webpage communicates ongoing process improvement efforts at Colorado DOT. This continuous improvement webpage outlines strategies, active process improvement efforts, everyday ideas for a lean management approach, tools, and additional resources.
State DOTs rely on the skills and experience of their workforces to plan, fund, design, construct and maintain multi-modal transportation systems. Knowledge about what to do, when and how to do it, AND what not to do is critical to success – and much of this knowledge resides only in the heads of employees, especially the most experienced employees. This guide was developed because KM offers promising solutions to DOT challenges, yet relatively few DOTs have implemented agency-wide approaches to KM.
This synthesis report addresses challenges and related to establishing and strengthening state DOT training, development, and education programs. The report presents a literature review and survey of 24 states, supplemented by interviews.
In June 2000, TRB sponsored a workshop for state DOT CEOs to provide a forum for peer-to-peer discussion of experience in managing internal and external change. Transportation Research Circular 501, Strategic Management Research Needs for State Departments of Transportation (December 2000), documented the activity. Many CEOs who attended the workshop subsequently commented on the positive experience they had, being able to learn about national trends and exchange ideas with their peers on changes affecting and being initiated in their organizations. Consequently, other NCHRP projects have enabled similar exchanges in more recent years: a second workshop in May, 2003 (NCHRP Project 20-24(29)), a research riew on CEO Engagement Options initiated in 2004, and the State DOT Leadership Forum—2006 (NCHRP Project 20-24(51)).
The 2009 forum built on several recent NCHRP projects in the 20-24 series that have developed guiding principles for establishing comparative performance measures and case-study examples of willing DOTs working together to establish such measures in key strategic management areas relevant to many DOTs. These measures are used for identifying best management practices and lessons learned that may then be shared among all agencies. In 2007, AASHTO’s Performance Based Highway Program Task Force presented to the Congressionally-mandated National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission examples of performance management to indicate how state DOTs can refine current performance-based management approaches to support an effective nationwide program in preparation for the next transportation funding reauthorization. Performance-based program management was the topic focus of the 2009 DOT CEO Management Forum.
The objective of this research project was to plan, organize, and hold a DOT CEO Management Forum in 2009. The forum followed the model represented by earlier forums, entailing an initial review of literature, current research, and recent state DOT experience on performance-based program management and a survey DOT CEO’s on the major issues and concerns surrounding this topic and its relationship to legislative program and policy development and management, particularly as applicable to federal-aid programs. A white paper was prepared to inform and stimulate discussion among forum participants, focused particularly on practical experience with performance-based program management and issues agencies face in adopting this approach. The forum was held at the University of Minnesota in Spring 2009.
Definitive Guide to the Leadership Behaviors that Create a Culture of Continuous Improvement | Guide/Manual, Research Report
This guide provides informational support for organization leaders who seek to create a culture of continuous improvement. It focuses on leadership behaviors and methodologies that are targeted to empower every employee in a business.
Highway Agency Lean Maturity Assessment Toolkit | Guide/Manual, Research Report
MAPSS Performance Improvement Program | Research Report
This collection of documents focuses on the Wisconsin DOT's five main goals and additional performance measures for the MAPSS Performance Improvement Program. The five goals include: mobility, accountability, preservation, safety, and service.
Oversize/Overweight Permits | Research Report
This report provides an overview and the updated results of the Oversize / Overweight Permits Process Improvement Project. The project results have been continuously updated and includes a new, state-of-the-art permitting system that provides self-issued permits for some customers.
WisDOT Lean Government | Guide/Manual, Marketing/Communications, Research Report
The Delivery Hub health, safety and environment Raising the bar 21 | Presentation, Research Report
Employee Engagement that Works: Continuous Improvement in New Brunswick | Article, Research Report
This article provides insight into New Brunswick's successful Continuous Improvement initiative through four key elements. These elements include: build employee-driven CI into Core Management System; take full advantage of financial crises; conduct a measured rollout; use multiple methods to get at the different types of problems.
CI Concepts and Tools | Marketing/Communications, Research Report
Process Improvement Calculations and Tools | Marketing/Communications, Research Report
Leading and Supporting Improvement Projects | Guide/Manual, Research Report
This guide provides informational support to assist agencies planning and supporting a Change Initiative project. It includes the required roles and responsibilities, list of project types, guidance for the tollgate process, conditions for a successful Change Initiative.
Implementing Lean in construction | Guide/Manual, Marketing/Communications, Research Report
Use of Lean in Highways England | Article, Guide/Manual, Research Report
Lean Visual Management: A Guide for Highways England Supply Chain | Guide/Manual, Research Report
Lean Support to Highways England | Research Report
Lean Improvement Division - An Introduction to the Collaborative Planning System | Guide/Manual, Presentation, Research Report
This presentation is intended to provide an introduction to the concepts behind the Collaborative Planning System, a technique based on lean methodologies. It also includes guidance for implementing and enhancing the Collaborative Planning System.
Highways England Lean Maturity Assessment (HELMA) | Guide/Manual, Research Report
Lean in Government Starter Kit | Guide/Manual, Research Report
This starter kit provides guidance and background information for government agencies on how to use Lean methods to reduce waste in agency processes. It also includes a bibliography of Lean References and additional resources, tools, and templates that support Lean implementation efforts.
Lean Government Methods Guide | Guide/Manual, Research Report
This guide is intended to assist environmental agencies better understand the Lean methods and the correct usage of each method. It focuses on Lean production, an organizational improvement philosophy that allows agencies to reduce waste in government processes.
Lean Government Metrics Guide | Guide/Manual, Research Report
This guide provides informational support for government agencies' implementation of Lean and Six Sigma, two methods for improving an agency's organizational performance. It includes extensive metrics experience from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, state environmental agencies, and other federal agencies.
STIC, Every Day Counts and Innovation | Presentation, Research Report
The presentation STIC, Every Day Counts and Innovation from the Colorado Department of Transportation, describes the Colorado State Transportation Innovation Council's Every Day Counts program. The presentation also introduces its RoadX program intended to reduce congestion, improve safety, and increase mobility.
Cal Gov Ops Lean California White Belt Training | Presentation, Research Report
The presentation Lean California White Belt Training from the California Government Operations, introduces the origins of Lean and identifies Lean tools and principles to improve customer service, value and outputs. This presentation also provides strategies for implementing Lean principles for a sustainable workplace.
Cutting Red Tape in Colorado State Government | Research Report
The report Cutting Red Tape in Colorado State Government Pits and Peeves 2.0 – Progress in Motion Report from the Colorado State Government, provides an update on Lean efforts with the focus to reduce regulatory burdens and cut red tape. Some Department of Transportation achievements are described, including savings on work with Right of Way and savings from going paperless in the Maintenance Training Academy.
Connecticut DOT Initiative Change Report | Marketing/Communications, Research Report
How To Create A Strategic Plan That Sticks | Article, Research Report
February 2017 Lean Forum Powerpoint | Presentation, Research Report
December 2016 Lean Forum Powerpoint | Presentation, Research Report
This presentation from the December 2016 Lean Forum includes detailed presentations from the Idaho Transportation Department, Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure, and SCOPM Business Meeting Organizational Excellence Task Force Update.
October 2016 Lean Forum Powerpoint | Presentation, Research Report
September 2016 Lean Forum Powerpoint | Presentation, Research Report
This presentation from the September 2016 Transportation Lean Forum includes detailed presentations on Lean Transformation, Organizational Excellence Task Force, Bureau of Innovations, and Lean Interchange forum updates.
January 2016 Lean Forum Presentation | Presentation, Research Report
This presentation from the January 2016 Lean Forum includes detailed presentations from the California DOT, Idaho DOT, and Lean Interchange updates. It also includes the January Newsletter and information about the March Forum.
November 2015 Lean Forum Presentation | Presentation, Research Report
This presentation from the November 2015 Lean Forum includes detailed presentations from the Vermont Agency of Transportation and the Texas DOT. It also includes the December Newsletter, planning information for the January and March Forum, and Lean Interchange Updates.
September 2015 Lean Forum Presentation | Presentation, Research Report
July 2015 Lean Forum Presentation | Presentation, Research Report
This presentation from the 2015 July Lean Forum includes detailed presentations from the Tennessee DOT, Wisconsin DOT, and Missouri DOT. The topics discussed were the LEAN Experience, Using Lean Six Sigma & Kepner-Tregoe, and Innovations Challenge.
January 2015 Lean Forum Presentation | Presentation, Research Report
February 2014 Lean Forum Presentation | Presentation, Research Report
This presentation from the February 2014 Lean Forum includes detailed presentations from the Ohio DOT, North Carolina DOT, ASQ Government Division. It also provides an update on the Consortium for Lean in State/Provincial Governments.
Lean Six Sigma | Guide/Manual, Research Report
Lean Rapid Improvement Events - Go or No Go Criteria | Research Report
LeanOhio Tool Kit for Improvement | Guide/Manual, Research Report
6S (5S) Evaluation and Implementation Tool | Research Report
2015-present: Process of Improvement Project at CDOT | Research Report
Lean Projects of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies | Article, Research Report
Everyday Ideas Success Stories | Research Report
LEAN Ohio Training: "Leaning Up State Government: It Can Be Done" | Research Report
Lean Techniques: VSM Event Scope and Team Selection | Research Report
Lean Techniques: Voice of the Customer | Research Report
Lean Techniques: Value Stream Mapping Events | Research Report
This video provides informational support on Value Stream Mapping (VSM) events, VSM team structure, and the key results from a standard VSM event. The video outlines a typical VSM schedule with daily objectives and deliverables.
Lean Techniques: Team Charter | Research Report
Lean Techniques: Takt Time | Research Report
Lean Techniques: Spaghetti Diagrams | Research Report
This video provides informational support on spaghetti diagrams and why they are a useful Lean tool. The video explains the benefits of spaghetti diagrams in terms of mapping out current and future-state processes, as well as the steps involved in creating a spaghetti diagram.
Lean Techniques: Selecting a Value Stream | Research Report
This video provides guidance on how to identify sources of value streams and also how to select the right value streams for improvement. The video identifies five key criteria on selecting the right value streams, and provides their relative importance values.
Lean Techniques: Root Cause Analysis | Research Report
Lean Techniques: Resource Baalancing | Research Report
This video provides background information about resource balancing and how it may be utilized as a Lean technique. The video answers the following questions: What is Resource Balancing? What are the different types of Resource Balancing? What are the different types of Resource Balancing? And when is Resource Balancing used?
Lean Techniques: Process Control | Research Report
This video introduces process control, process control charts, and emphasizes why it is used in the context of Lean. The video explains how process control can assist in achieving two Lean objectives: consistently perform within customer specifications and produce output that meets the customer's requirements each and every time.
Lean Technique: Kaizen Improvement | Research Report
This video provides insight into the Kaizen Improvement process, the overall objectives of a Kaizen, and the steps followed to facilitate a successful event. The Kaizen Improvement process is critical to the overall Lean implementation process.
Lean Technique: Identifying Waste | Research Report
Lean Technique: Data Collection Plan | Research Report
This video provides background information about how data collection plans may be utilized as a Lean implementation technique. The video answers the following questions: What is a data collection plan? When do we need it? What are the key components of the plan? And how should it be used?
Lean Technique: Communication and Change Management | Research Report
This video introduces the concepts of Communications and Change Management as critical techniques to implementing Lean successfully. The video emphasizes the need for an Effective Communication Plan and highlights the three key elements of Change Management.
Cellular Design Lean Technique | Research Report
This video provides information about the basic types of cellular design, key principles of cellular design, and the overall benefits of this Lean technique. A cellular design workplace works to achieve space utilization, elimination of bottlenecks, and elimination of redundant movement.
5S Lean Technique | Research Report
Kaizen Facilitator Project Slides | Presentation, Research Report
This presentation provides all the information and tools a facilitator needs for a kaizen. It includes an introduction to continuous improvement concepts for team members, project and event agendas, and help with report out slides.
MnDOT WIG One Year Celebration | Research Report
This video provides a first-year progress report on Minnesota's DOT WIG program; a program that prioritizes public fees and taxes to be used for maximum effect and value. It also provides insight on the four project teams and the four disciplines of execution of the WIG program.