TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla., Sept. 25, 2006 – As another session of the Green Belt Training Course taught by The Lean Institute here shifts into high gear, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center senior managers stress the importance of the class.
The Green Belt Training Course trains 20 students at a time and emphasizes Lean and Six Sigma tools including 5S+1, value stream mapping and cause and effect diagrams. Since October 2005, more than 100 Lean classes have been offered.
“The course is meant to show us the power of process thinking and give us the basic tools to help us improve the way we do our work,” said Col. Rick Matthews, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center vice director, who is enrolled in the current class.
Before a session begins, students are divided into teams and assigned a project to complete using techniques taught in the class.
“The purpose of a project is to ensure the students know how to apply techniques learned in the class into a real-world situation,” said Wade Wolfe, Transformation, Integration and Process Improvements Division chief with the Plans and Programs Directorate.\