FORT HOOD, Texas -- The 407th Army Field Support Battalion conducted a Lean Six Sigma Project Identification and Selection Workshop/Project Sponsor Workshop and LSS Green Belt training here in December. In January, elements of the 407th AFSB staff, Army Field Support Battalions and Directorates of Logistics participated.

The PISW/PSW is designed to give individuals the ability to manage assigned projects within the brigade area of responsibility. The LSS Green Belt training provided students with introductory knowledge and skills that will enable them to solve carefully scoped problems and streamline processes within their organization.

The intent of Col. Steve Allen, commander of the 407th AFSB, was to introduce leaders to LSS tools and techniques and to lay out the roles and responsibilities of a project sponsor during the workshop.

Additionally, the mission was to train personnel on the LSS Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control process and apply it to LSS projects during Green Belt Parts I and II. This will enable the 407th AFSB to deliver sustained defect-free performance and highly competitive quality costs.

Some of the key tasks covered during the PISW/PSW portion were identification, selection and prioritization of projects. The LSS Green Belt training emphasized tasks including learning the LSS process and using the DMAIC process to successfully complete assigned projects.

"Having the opportunity to work with military and civilians from across our 13-state area of operations gave us a valuable opportunity to come together as a team," said Maj. Julie Stockelman, 407th AFSB operations officer. "Not only did we develop multiple project charters to further continuous process improvement in support of the Warfighter, but we were able to sit down in one room and share our challenges and successes and better develop the AFSB Team as a whole."

In the end, the course achieved its goal of helping the 407th AFSB workforce actively work toward permanently solving recurring defect rates by fixing underlying processes and achieving Six Sigma certification.