Improving Business Efficiency with CACT Training
ROCKLIN - Teams from two business units at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) recently completed Lean Fundamentals and Process Mapping training provided by the Sierra College Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT).
Lean is a philosophy of creating more value for the customer by reducing wasted resources and increasing efficiencies. Process Mapping is a visual tool used to identify the steps required to accomplish a task with the goal of using the diagram to increase understanding of the actual process being used and identify opportunities for streamlining.
According to Gabe Lewall, in SMUD's Organization and Workforce Development department, the goal of the training was to provide employees with common language, tools and approaches to implement Lean methods at SMUD. "Our participants had different levels of experience with process improvement so the training provided an overarching view of Lean," said Lewall. "Staff also practiced creating process maps to understand a current process and develop an ideal future state map."
Sierra College CACT worked with SMUD to include a relevant case study for the training exercise. Employees drew diagrams showing the processes required from notification of an electricity outage to restoration of power. "As a result of training and process maps created by employees at the training, the teams are motivated to take this further, formalize the maps electronically and work together to reduce redundancies," said Lewall.
"Feedback from participants has been very positive. The Lean training provided a solid foundation that will enable employees to be more consistent in their approach and work together to deliver quality service," said Lewall.
"Employees were engaged by the hands-on activities in the workshops that related to their work. CACT trainer, Jes Vargas is very knowledgeable and explained lean methods clearly. I would definitely recommend the Lean and Process Mapping training to companies that want to establish a common framework to move forward with lean initiatives that increase efficiency and responsiveness to customers."
Upcoming Project Management Training
With the Continuous Improvement Network (CIN), Sierra College Center for Applied Competitive Technologies will offer Practical Project Management Training on June 4, 18 and 24. This three day introductory training will teach participants the basic principles of good project management. Attendees will learn how to identify project resources, create schedules, produce critical path plans and complete evaluation reports. A class project will enable participants to apply the principles and use the tools introduced in the class. Register at http://cacinetwork.com/.
Print This Article
Placer County News HeadlinesCalifornia Statewide Fire Summary Over the weekend the state's fire activity increased significantly. The drought dry conditions coupled with high temperatures and low humidity allowed several new large wildfires to grow quickly
Sierra Stories at Rocklin CampusLocal Author Gary Noy to Present 'Sierra Stories' Rocklin Campus, September 19 at 7:30 pm
Multiple Sclerosis: Sleep Disorders Widely Undiagnosed In what may be the largest study of sleep problems among individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS), researchers at UC Davis have found that widely undiagnosed sleep disorders
Hoy for the Hall of FameI guess every year you'll just have to get used to reading about William Elsworth "Dummy" Hoy, a deaf professional baseball player from 1888-1902
Placer County Fairgrounds: In a State of FluxRoseville, CA -- After a detailed presentation and lively discussion among the Supervisors, staff and the public, the Placer County Board of Supervisors this week directed Facility Services staff to
Suspect Sought in Granite Bay Bank RobberyPlacer County sheriff's detectives are asking the public's help in identifying the suspect who robbed a Granite Bay bank on the morning of September 12, 2014.
Placer County's Annual Recover Happens September 20thPlacer County's 14th annual Recover Happens celebration, a community event open to all, will take place this year in Auburn's Recreation Park, 123 Recreation Dr., near Old Town
Placer County's Criminal Justice System: A Master PlanPlacer County staff recently presented the Board of Supervisors with an update on the Criminal Justice Master Plan.
Acorn Harvesters Needed: Do You Have What It Takes?The Sacramento Tree Foundation is recruiting acorn Harvesters for the fall 2014 Acorn Harvest. Training to be held in Rocklin.
Roseville to Host USA BMX State FinalsRoseville, CA - The USA BMX Northern California State Finals are coming to Oak Creek BMX again for 2014.
Placer County's $798 Million Budget Gets Supervisors ApprovalAuburn, CA -- The Placer County Board of Supervisors today approved the county's final 2014-15 budget, giving the OK to the $798 million spending plan.
Thunder Valley Donating Paper to Local SchoolsThunder Valley Casino Resort will deliver over 800 reams of office paper to the Western Placer Unified School District on Wednesday, September 10.