Newt Calls for Lean Six Sigma
Newt Gingrich is promoting Lean Six Sigma for the federal government. Newt is stepping up and saying what the whole lean community has been saying for years. Cut the budget and reduce the deficit without raising taxes or cutting programs. The article says:
Implementing Lean Six Sigma throughout the federal government could cut program costs as much as 25 percent a year, its devotees claim, ending the threat of Social Security benefit cuts for baby boomers and Medicare death panels for Grandma.
Knowing how much waste there is in our government processes, I truly believe this could be achieved.
The article defines lean and six sigma as the following:
It combines lean manufacturing processes that reduce waste with Six Sigma, a methodology used to cut defects and improve quality.
Lean is not just about waste. It is about quality and reducing defects. Defects is one of the 7 types of waste, so how can lean not be about reducing defects.
That aside, the important thing is trying to improve the processes to reduce the federal government spending.
Mike George is trying to get the presidential candidates to commit to using Lean Six Sigma.
Retired Texas business consultant Mike George, who claims to be the creator of Lean Six Sigma, is attempting to get all the presidential candidates (including President Barack Obama) to pledge to eliminate the U.S. budget deficit by 2017 using Lean Six Sigma practices.
They also would agree to attend a two-day Lean Six Sigma seminar and complete a waste reduction project prior to taking office.
Mike George understands they can’t just commit, they have to understand what LSS is about in order to truly get the candidates on board. Getting the candidates to take a class and complete a project would be a huge step in the right direction.
So far Mike George has gotten Republicans Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Gary Johnson, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum and Tim Pawlenty, who has since dropped out of the race, to take the pledge with Texas Governor Rick Perry expected to do it also. You can visit Mike George’s website Strong America Now to learn more about the pledge.
The media is not picking this up and talking about it. Here is what the author of the article found in mainstream media.
The national media is mostly ignoring the issue.
In searching the websites of USA Today, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, I found just one story addressing Lean Six Sigma in the presidential race.
One stinkin’ article. One!? Does the mainstream media not think there is any other way to eliminate the deficit but to either raise taxes or cut programs? That is like manufacturing believe you can only have low cost or high quality, but not both. Maybe this new article will be a start to more.
I am glad that someone is trying to get the presidential candidates attention. With the U.S. economy the way it is, this may be the burning platform the government needs to change it’s ways. Maybe the U.S. government can lead the way for other countries as well.