Lean Government – Yes, It Can be Done!

Presented By:

Misael Cabrera, PE

Session Abstract:

From “necessary evil” to “model agency” – the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality’s transformational journey will be shared including lessons learned, anecdotes and performance data. We will also engage participants in exercises that will create awareness of key Lean Management System principles and how they can be applied not only to government, but in other knowledge work settings.

Learning Objectives:

“In this session you will learn…”

  • about application of Lean principles in non-traditional areas;
  • the importance of deploying a holistic LMS that impacts all areas of your organization;
  • how context must shape the speed, messaging, and methods for a LMS deployment, especially in nontraditional settings; and
  • a simplified model for organizational culture and leadership’s best pivot point to improve it.

About the Facilitator:

Misael Cabrera has a passion for people, performance, and problem solving – especially in the environmental arena. Misael currently serves as the Director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), an agency with 400 staff and an operating budget of $142M. More importantly, Misael is leading ADEQ in an agency-wide journey to apply a Lean Management System and deliver better, faster, cheaper environmental protection for the citizens of Arizona. Over the last 4 years ADEQ has dramatically increased its mission-capacity and transformed its reputation from “necessary evil” to “model agency”.

Before joining ADEQ, Misael held a variety technical and operational leadership roles in private sector engineering firms. Misael has a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering and is a registered professional engineer.