Regis PMI South Roundtable (Virtual) - CDOT Process Improvement

Business Acumen

Topic:  Starting the Second Decade of Making Public Service Better: Improving Project Management at the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT)

PDU Categories/Hours:  Business Acumen (0.5 hours), Ways of Working (1.0 hours) / 1.5 Total Hours

Synopsis of Session.  In 2011, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper promised to improve state government, noting that "making government more effective, efficient and elegant means listening to our state employees and learning from them how we can do better". To accomplish that, "we initiated the Lean program in almost every state agency, where employee teams are now actively identifying waste and inefficiency to create savings.”

At the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), we took that commitment seriously during the #FirstDecadeOfImprovementAndInnovation, and have combined the principles and practices of Lean project management with change management to make CDOT's services more effective, efficient, and customer focused.  And we are redoubling our efforts as we start the #SecondDecadeOfInnvovationAndImprovement at CDOT- come hear about what we are doing on September 28!

Learning Objectives:  Attendees will learn how the CDOT Office of Process Improvement (OPI) initiatives further enhance their three main lines of service:

  1. Innovation & Engagement Services
  2. Business Project & Change Management Office
  3. Strategy Services

It is through these 3 lines of service that the OPI works to engage all CDOT'ers to improve their work processes, products, and services.  From the Lean Everyday Idea (LEI) Program for smaller front-line improvement to the Concept to Project (C2P) Program that works to ensure that larger business improvements are successful and CDOT realizes their intended benefits.  Finally, the OPI's Strategy service area engages others at CDOT to work together to design and execute strategic plans that drive CDOT's performance

Speaker.  Gary Vansuch, PSPO/Lean Six Sigma/Change Management/CQE/CQA/CQM; Director of Process Improvement Colorado Department of Transportation


About the Speaker.  Gary Vansuch describes himself this way: "I am the most fortunate person on the planet: I have a wonderful wife, and we are in our 43rd year of marriage; two terrific grown children who are making important contributions to society in education and science.  I am honored to lead the Very Best Team on the Planet; and I have the Very Best Job on Earth as the Director of Process Improvement at the Colorado Department of Transportation."

As Director of Process Improvement for the Colorado Department of Transportation, Gary directs efforts to improve the organization's operations, focused on making government more effective, efficient, and elegant.  He has over 30 years of business improvement and change leadership experience in the energy, financial services, research, and government services sectors.  Gary is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and a Certified Change Management Practitioner.  Additionally, Gary served 6 years with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award program, including 4 years as a Senior Examiner and as a member of the national Case Study Development Team. He has also been a Judge for the International Team Excellence Awards, and a Judge for the RIT / USA Quality Cup competition for improvement teams. Gary holds a Bachelor and Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Tennessee.

CDOT's process improvement initiative has received national recognition, including designation as a "Bright Idea in Government" from the Innovations in American Government Awards program, which is administered by the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; and, as a winner of the 2017 North American Employee Engagement Award.

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Type of category: Webinar

Type of activity: Business Acumen

Date: September 28th, 2022

Hour: 12:00PM to 1:30PM

Number of PDUs: 1.5


Students: Free

Members: Free

Non members: Free