Governor Walker to open 5th annual Lean Government Conference

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In May 2012, Governor Scott Walker signed Executive Order #66, which requires state agencies to implement a lean government initiative to eliminate waste, save time and cost, and improve government services to the benefit of both state residents and employers. We are delighted to welcome Governor Walker as our invited keynote speaker at the 5th annual Lean Government Conference. We are especially pleased
to showcase the work of state agencies and local government who have embraced Lean.  We are eager to hear their stories, celebrate their success and learn from their efforts.

Visit our conference page for details or to register.

Our Lunch and Learn Series Brings Baldrige to Life

You’ve heard about the Baldrige Excellence Framework. But how does it really apply to your every day? Here’s your opportunity to find out.  Dynamic facilitators Walter Jankowski and Brett Remington from Reinvention LLC will be at WCPE headquarters** on the third Wednesday of each month as we re-ignite our popular Lunch and Learn series.  You bring nourishment for your body.  We’ll provide the food for your brain.  Mark your calendar!  These lunch and learn sessions are free and open to the public, but we ask that your register so that we are ready to welcome you.  Click on the links below for session descriptions and registration information.  All sessions are held from noon – 1 pm at 2909 Landmark Place, Madison WI 53713. Signs will guide you to the meeting space.

October 21:  The 4 Key Measures Every Senior Leader MUST Know
Aligns with Baldrige Categories 1, 4, & 7
Register by October 16

November 18:  Excellence Begins with Excel:  Using Excel to Analyze and Present Customer Satisfaction Data.
Aligns with Baldrige Categories 3, 4, & 7
Register by November 13

December 16:  The Best of Lean:  Visual Tools for the Holidays
Aligns with Baldrige Category 6   (Wear your best holiday sweater)

Register by December 11

January 20:  Personal Productivity – Life Hacks!
Aligns with Baldrige Category 5

Register by January 16

February 17:  Customer Focus – Listening & Learning through Social Media:  Modern Approaches to Capturing the Voice of the Customer  
Aligns with Baldrige Categories 3, 4, & 6

Register by February 12

**2909 Landmark Place, Madison WI 53713

Unable to attend?  We plan to record and save these sessions as webinars. Get on our mailing list here.


Accelerate your performance excellence journey with a Wisconsin Fast Forward Application!

FastForward_logo_1cHow do we get started? We hear that question frequently at the Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence, and have developed a couple of “short form” applications in response.

For organizations that are new to a “systems” quality management approach, a Wisconsin Fast Forward application can be a valuable tool to launch a new era of performance and growth.

Wisconsin Fast Forward is the beginning-to-intermediate-level application that is focused on helping organizations tell their improvement story. With no page limits or strict formatting guidelines, the Fast Forward allows organizations to focus on what they are doing, along with key results.  Experienced examiners assess the application, and provide a written feedback report and post-feedback consultation.

Wisconsin Fast Forward applications are accepted at any time throughout the year.  Interested organizations submit an organizational profile and self assessment based on the basic and overall requirements of the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence.  Fast Forward applicants are recognized at the annual awards gala to showcase their achievements.

The Wisconsin Fast Forward can also be a stepping stone for organizations aspiring to complete a full 50-page written Wisconsin Forward Award application. Many Fast Forward Applicants go on to achieve higher levels of Wisconsin Forward Award recognition in subsequent years. 

The application fee for the Wisconsin Fast Forward is $1,895 ($1,695 for WCPE members), which covers all aspects of your application with the exception of an optional executive briefing following receipt of your feedback report.

Click here to download a Fast Forward application and workbook.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Liz Menzer at (608) 441-8206 or