Welcome to Brown County’s LEAN Management Website
In 2009, Brown County which is located in Northeast Wisconsin began its LEAN journey as county leadership observed the demand for services provided by county government were increasing and corresponding resources were not. While looking at continuous improvement models, LEAN came to the forefront. A group of county employees along with county leadership visited Ariens Company in Brillion Wisconsin who was using LEAN in their manufacturing facility. After seeing the impact that LEAN had on this company, Brown County made a decision to implement LEAN.
LEAN is a collection of principles, methods and tools that improve the speed and efficiency of processes by eliminating waste. LEAN recognizes that for most processes only five percent of activities add value for the customer, which means that 95 percent are either necessary non-value adding activities or waste. By clearly defining value for a specific service or product from the customer’s perspective, non-value activities and waste can be targeted for removal. Eliminating waste is the greatest potential source of improvement in process performance and customer service.
Since 2009, 75 LEAN events have been held involving 26 county departments. To learn more about LEAN efforts in Brown County, check out our website.