Upcoming Lean Events

Lean Projects

DEC undertakes Lean projects on a rolling basis as opportunities for improvement are identified. Events last anywhere from three hours to five days depending on the scope and complexity of the process being analyzed. Below is a listing of currently scheduled process improvement events.

A list of active projects is available on the DEC - Lean Sharepoint site.

Performance and Process Improvement Training

DEC partners with the Center for Achievement in Public Service to provide staff at all levels with the training and skills necessary to help spread and sustain a culture of continuous improvement.  Currently, three different levels of training are offered periodically throughout the year.  All courses are available to State of Vermont Employees.

Both for the benefit of our fellow co-workers and Vermonters-at-large, the State trains employees to find efficiencies and improve processes, saving money, time, and improving customer service. As of January 1, 2019, that training has changed to better enable staff to achieve that objective.

Over 1000 State employees like you have already received training in continuous improvement (CI) in some form. Over 40 of your fellow ANR co-workers are certified Lean Green Belts who are dedicated to addressing work challenges on behalf of the State of Vermont.

What’s changing?

There’s an entirely new structure to the training progression. Several more trainings are available, addressing a wider variety of subjects encompassed by Continuous Improvement methodologies, including Lean. You’ll find refined trainings designed to teach trainees how to: solve persistent problems, increase value for citizens, and increase capacity/simplify processes.

Yellow and Green belts are part of a new series, requiring an application to participate.

I’m new to continuous improvement. What are my options?

Complete the 30-minute online Continuous Improvement (CI) 101 training in the State’s LMS. This introductory class outlines key ideas for improvement. After that, you’ll gain access to in person, half-day trainings on problem solving (102) and using data (103). Most employees can stop there, with a robust toolbox for addressing daily challenges.

I’ve already received some training. What is the next step?

Current white belts can start with Applied Problem Solving to put their training into action. Existing yellow and green belts, can enter at various points along the new series.

I’m already a certified Lean Green Belt. What’s in it for me?

New skill ladders exist within the Green Belt certification. Interested parties can pursue specialties in Data, Tools or Facilitation. With sufficient support, they can pursue any, or all of these and eventually achieve Black belt certification.

I’m a supervisor. How can I use these trainings?

After completing the 30 Minute CI Training (101) and two half day courses (102 and 103). You can take the 1-day training on using Lean methodologies to successfully organize and run an effective Lean TEAM.  

Further Training Information is available.

Original Announcement, contact justin.kenney@vermont.gov with additional questions.


White Belt: Introduces the principles, philosophy, and tools of continuous improvement; will acquaint attendees with the Lean and RBA methodologies and provide an understanding for application of Lean and RBA tools in the workplace. Required to move to yellow belt.

Yellow Belt: Hands-on learning and application of Lean and Results Based Accountability (RBA) techniques and thinking. In a project team environment, participants will work to improve a theoretical work process and construct an implementation plan to enact the improvements. Required to move to green belt.

Green Belt: Developing the skills necessary to guide a group through an improvement project and act as a change agent within an organization. Curriculum will prepare participants for the multi-level responsibility of strategically applying Lean and RBA tools, guiding projects from charter to implementation, identifying new project opportunities linked with organizational goals, and fostering a culture of continuous improvement. Upon completion, participants will have the ability to utilize Lean and RBA tools with minimal assistance, facilitate events, and train and educate others about Lean and RBA concepts.  Post-requisite: On an annual basis, EITHER complete two or more self-directed improvement projects or facilitate a tool deployment/mini-lean/kaizen event with a team.

Orange Belt: Continuous Improvement for Supervisors using Lean methodologies to successfully organize and run an effective Lean TEAM.