Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) Promotes Innovation and Information Sharing through the Everyday Lean Program
Posted on October, 26th 2018
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) developed the Everyday Lean Innovations & Ideas Program to provide an information sharing mechanism among staff despite the decentralized nature of the DOT&PF across the largest state in the country.
This initiative recognizes that when an easy fix is not at hand, front-line employees are the problem solvers and innovators on the ground. With Everyday Lean, the department can capitalize on that talent and share it across regional and system boundaries. With continued challenges in funding, employees are often confronted to find better, faster, less expensive ways to meet mission critical demands, and the department is focused on rewarding those that “think outside the box”. The Everyday Lean Innovations & Ideas Program provides employees with the tools and support they need to be mission successful.
The vision of the Everyday Lean Program is to:
The Alaska DOT&PF leadership is committed to:
Thanks to the collective brainpower and ingenuity of the DOT&PF workforce and the need to speak as “One DOT&PF”, the Everyday Lean Program provides a mechanism to promote the sharing of information despite the decentralized nature of the department.
Employees are encouraged to submit ideas through various means to the Everyday Lean team. Once a year the ideas are vetted and voted on. Awards include top ideas and innovations that could be acted on in Safety Innovation; Junkyard Dog Innovation, Everyday Lean Idea Facility Efficiency; Environmental Innovation, One DOT&PF Innovation, and the Commissioner’s Innovation of the Year. Selected employees receive jackets and recognition awards.
Previous winning ideas have included tools that make jobs safer or save repeated damage to equipment. Examples include:
For more information on how the Everyday Lean Program has helped Alaska DOT&PF encourage and promote innovation among its employees, please contact Meadow Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org.