Lean government is making public sector inroads through out the US. It is exciting to see this. But I am worried. Some managers seem to see it as a weapon, rather than a tool.
- The legislature is making us more accountable so we have to do something or else?
- Do more with less?
- Cut staff so we can lower the budget?
These attitudes have nothing to do with Lean government and everything to do with poor public policy.
It is important for Lean process analysis to gain some better more understandable public recognition. This needs to be done by not only the Champions, and Managers but more importantly practitioners who understand public policy language. The facts show that Lean process analysis and implementation can make a difference between a well-run, efficient and value-laden, government service and a wasteful bureaucratic mess.
Are any candidates listening?