In 2014, The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) and the Government Operations Agency (Gov. Ops.) partnered together to offer a Lean  Six Sigma implementation program to  state departments that address process-based issues that are causing delays in services to both internal and external stakeholders.  Over a six month period, participants (Green Belts) receive training on complex analytical and statistical tools applied within Green Belt projects that identify waste and inefficiencies in processes.

This certification program is not your typical training.  While classroom training is a valuable and necessary component, certification is gained through the completion of a project within the Green Belt’s department.  As a result, the participants have completed projects that have vastly improved the efficiency and operation of a number of processes within each department. The resulting improvements have a direct positive impact on governments’ interaction with the public.

Project Roles

Each project had an Executive Sponsor, Project Champion , and Project Green Belt Project Champions who attended a one-day training. Champions work with the coaches to finalize a project and identify a Green Belt trainee. Green Belts received 10 days of training and mentoring throughout the program.

Green Belt Candidates are top performing personnel who embrace the opportunity to drive transformational improvements in their areas of work. Green Belts demonstrate excellent leadership skills, technical abilities, and enthusiasm for making changes for the better.  The Green Belts are trained in the Lean Six Sigma tools; receive one-on-one mentoring from the trainer who is a Master Black Belt.

Project Champions are management staff that have the ability to mentor and support the Green Belts and the projects—typically they are the upper management who oversee the processes that are to be improved by the Green Belt project s.  The Champions should have the ability and position to remove barriers and communicate the Lean Six Sigma process and results to executives and other managers.

Executive Sponsors are members of the department’s executive team who serves as a point of contact for GO-Biz and are able to make decisions regarding their department’s training participation. Executive Sponsors along with project Champions and Project Green Belts routinely share updates with the department’s executive team on project status and progress.

Project Timeline - (January 2017 - July 2017)


Project Summaries

How to Apply

GO-Biz is accepting Green Belt project applications for departments that are interested in applying for the 2018 Lean 6-Sigma cohort. The following documents should be submitted to the Office of Permit Assistance at GO-Biz.

  1. Project Proposal Form: This form asks departments to evaluate their project and provide names and contact information for the Executive Sponsor, Champion, and Green Belt participants. For information on the individual roles and program structure refer to the Introduction to Lean 6-Sigma.
  2. Project Charter: Submit a draft project charter. View the Project Charter Instructions for additional information or view the Draft Project Charter example

Submit applications via email to the Office of Permit Assistance by September 29, 2017. 

View the Program Summary Document to reference details of Lean Six Sigma before you submit your application. 

Green Belt Project Final Presentation

Government Operations Agency

Natural Resources Agency

CA Environmental Protection Agency

CA Department of Food and Agriculture

Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency

Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Labor and Workforce Development Agency

State Transportation Agency

Health and Human Services Agency