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News | Feb. 25, 2020

Mentoring Program receives CPI awareness training

By Brenda Minnema DLA Land and Maritime People and Culture

Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime’s Process Management Branch Chief Michael Lanning and Contractor Ganesh Siva teamed up to conduct a Continuous Process Improvement Awareness session in the Buckeye Room Dec. 3 for the Level I Mentoring Program.

This awareness training session is the foundational element of the Lean Six Sigma Methodology. Information about what CPI is, the CPI organization structure, CPI methodologies, levels of CPI expertise and project charters were among the topics covered by Lanning and Siva. Additionally, the pair shared the importance placed on CPI to DLA's mission and vision.

The mentees were encouraged to volunteer to assist leaders on limited improvement projects or serve as a team member on a more complex improvement project led by certified Green/Black Belts to earn a Blue Belt certificate.  The Blue Belt is an honorary Belt-level, given in appreciation for active participation on a CPI project for DLA Land and Maritime.

“The goal of Land and Maritime CPI is to provide the maximum exposure to the concepts and instill a sense of empowerment within the workforce and enable them to be effective problem solvers,” Lanning told the attendees. “Just as Henry Ford once said, ‘Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than trying to solve them.’ We are not those people.”

The CPI Awareness session will be added as a regular session offered to the Level I Mentoring Program in future program years.