“Lean Six Sigma helps identify the waste and variation that occurs in everyday processes,” said Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass. “The program provides a structured approach for improving efficiency – which saves both time and money.”
The City originally launched its Lean Six Sigma Program in 2009 with the hiring of a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt. Since that time the program has been expanded to include most City Departments. A total of 123 Blue Belts (four hours of training), 29 Green Belts (80 hours of training) and seven Black Belts (160 hours of training), have been trained in the methodology. These employees work on Lean Sigma projects in conjunction with their normal job duties.
Lean Six Sigma was a logical step in Tyler’s long history of continuous improvement that began with the City’s Blueprint and continued with Business Planning, the Tyler Apprentice Program, Tyler 21, Tyler 1st, and City University. Tyler is one of only a few cities in the nation to implement Lean Sigma throughout their entire municipal organization.
Lean is set of tools that are based upon the Toyota Production System. The overall goal is to eliminate non-value added waste in a process.
Six-Sigma is a business management strategy, originally developed by Motorola in 1986. Today it is widely used in many sectors of industry. Six-Sigma seeks to improve the quality of processes by identifying and removing the causes of errors and variation.
We are very proud that the Tyler Fire Department participates in the Black Belt Lean Sigma program. Keep in touch for updates on projects that we are working on through this site