ESTIEM Magazine I Autumn 2017 I Sustainability in Projects

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LEAN SIX SIGMA \\ Passion to work makes it well-driven and exciting A short story from the Lean Six Sigma team. What it means to work on the Lean Six Sigma Course, which is still a new service in ESTIEM. This article presents three perspectives of different team members: the leadership, the knowledge management and the PR; providing an overview on the future of the course.

Transformation from Initiative to Project

ESTIEMers. Many things are still new, the pace of work is

When I joined the initiative, it was still a small team

fast but what makes me feel right are clear goals, which I

compared to what we have now. The reason why I got

have in mind to make happen during my mandate; and an

interested in the LSS team was that, during my previous

amazing commitment of the team members.

experiences, I used to participate in many student activities

Izabela Pres Local Group, Warsaw, Eindhoven

where Lean was the main learning outcome. When I heard

Knowledge Management, a pivotal Step in the

that there was a LSS Initiative within ESTIEM, I got excited

Development of the Project

and I instantly wanted to contribute and make other

Everything started by sending the application for the

students learn this methodology.

Dortmund Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Training Event. During this event, I found myself giving feedback to the

Both the team and the offering have developed since

Lean Six Sigma team that was delivering the training in pure

the time I joined. In the beginning, I was facilitating team

LSS spirit, but joining the LSS team was quite inadvertent.

chats and creating new processes, Corporate Relations communication and new positions within the team which were needed for new arising tasks. Soon the team started having discussions about becoming a Project during Council

Carlo Panieri Local Group Milan

Meeting Poznan. When it was clear who would be taking the responsibility for this transformation, I could not believe that I gained such great trust from my team members. This

“The high-paced growth of the project and the mutable environment make us work like a start-up, and this is what I love about my experience in the LSS team.”

meant representing them as an applicant for a leadership position, which was formally the first leadership position

I had not planned it and neither thought about it until Mikko,

for that team.

Izàbela and Jukkis offered me this chance. Loving challenges as I do, I said “Yes”, and after understanding which were my

The transformation and the change of leaders was a

initial role and responsibilities, I started my Lean Six Sigma

big step forward for the LSS Initiative as well as for me.

journey. After joining the team, I found what I expected:

The transformation of the decision making process was

strong values, determination and passion. The high-paced

quite challenging. Not only because of being responsible

growth of the project and the mutable environment make

for what was happening so far, but also from the side of

us work like a start-up, and this is what I love about my

building new processes and developing our offering for

experience in the LSS team. As knowledge manager and community responsible, my work is based on managing the team knowledge to make the Green Belt course self-sustainable, and on monitoring and guiding our participants throughout the process to get the Green Belt Certificate. To do so, we have collected participants’ feedback and progress, and created the ESTIEM Lean Six Sigma Green Belts Network, which is currently a Facebook group. This network allows participants who went through the theoretical Green Belt Course to interact with each other, to directly contact the LSS team and share thoughts or questions regarding the whole process of becoming a Green Belt.

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