"Black Belt was fun, intense, and changed my way of thinking" - 2013 Black Belt Graduate 

"I am thankful for the experience and was honored to work with colleagues from around the City and other municipalities. I was able to be authentically me throughout the process and because of that...this crazy, organic brain of mine can process map with the best of them...! Thank you Peak Academy and Capitol Peak team members!" Nita Mosby Henry, Ph.D. former Executive Director – Office of Human Resources

Continuing Education Resources

The Lean Process Improvement methodology teaches ways to identify and eliminate waste in a process. The following references guides correspond to the Lean tools taught in the Peak Academy.

2015 Impact Statements

2014 Progress Reports

2014 Impact Statements

2013 Impact Statements

2014 Rapid Improvement Events

January 2014

February 2014
ACC Data Entry for Intake
OED Application, Award, and Contract Development

March 2014
ACC Administrative Citation Backlog
OED On-the-Job Training and Customized Training Reimbursement

April 2014
PW-WMD Manhole Adjustments (Lowering)
CRCF Loss Recovery for Auto and Property
PW Capital Project Management Reporting Process 
Denver Public Library - Materials Disposal Through Reuse & Recycling

May 2014

June 2014
DSD-VIF Investigations Unit Auction Prep Process RIE

July 2014
Treasury Special Events Sales Tax Registration & Return Processing

August 2014
DFD Community Request Process Improvement

September 2014

OED Standard Work for Case Comments and Desk Logs 

Excise and Licenses Merchant Guard Workshop 

October 2014
OED TANF and QA Casefile Review Workshop
CR&CF (Cash) Value Stream Analysis
DHS and OED State Diversion RIE

November 2014

December 2014
Police, Fire, and Public Works - Fleet Replacement Specifications - 2014 Year-End Update

2013 Rapid Improvement Events

February 2013
BMO Position Justification
DHS Hotline Screen Out

March 2013
DHS Modifying A Child Support Order
DHS Standardize Interview
DIA Backfilling a Vacancy
OED Contract Awards Phase I
OHR Onboarding
DHS Monthly Contacts
DHS Red Team

April 2013
DHS After Hours Diligent Search
DHS Intake to Enforcement
DMV Hi to Bye
OED Contract Awards Phase II
OED GED Attainment

May 2013
OED Case File Review
DHS Case Transfer

June 2013
DSD Vehicle Release to Individual
DHS CMC Standard Work
DHS Court Report

July 2013
ACC ACO Citation Process 
FCC Order In
OED Workforce Center Access Points
DHS Pend Verification Time

August 2013
DED On-boarding Election Judges
DIA Contract Process - 90 Day Forecast to RFP Issuance
DOF Accounts Payable Invoice Flow
OED Insurance Requirements

September 2013
PW - Solid Waste Mangement - Dumpster Service
DSD Vehicle Intake

October 2013

DIA Contract Process - Advertisement to Manager's Signature
PW - ROWE Vehicle Standardization
DOF - Treasury Tax Audit Write-up

November 2013
Police, Fire, and Public Works - Fleet Replacement Specifications
OED - DSBO Reconsideration and Hearing Appeal
OHR - Personnel Investigations

December 2013
ACC - Animal Status and Evaluation
Value Stream Analysis - Denver County Court Probation

2012 Case Studies - Integrated Criminal Justice
Unified Summons & Complaint: Streamline Issuing Tickets & Data Exchange
Identification & Intake Process: Streamline Positive Identification Process

2012 Case Studies & Lean Rapid Improvement Events - Excise and License
Excise & Licenses and 911

2012 Case Studies & Lean Rapid Improvement Events - Department of Human Services
Contracts Monitoring
Youth and Community Division
Fraud Investigations Unit
Grant Monitoring
Immediate Response Process
IVE Help Desk Tickets
Mailrooms Scanning Process
Revenue Generation Unit
Improve the TANF to CCAP Referal Process
Improve Travel Request Approval Process
Child Study Process
Youth Services & Vital Documents Collection
Improve Denver Human Services’ Health Passport Process
Improve the Grants Initiation Process

Are you new to the concept of Lean? To get started, download our Glossary of Lean Terms.

Collins, Jim. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't. New York: Harper Collins Publishers Inc., 2001.

Covey, Stephen M.R. The Speed of Trust: The One Thing that Changes Everything. New York: Free Press, 2006.

Diamond, Stuart. Getting More: How You Can Negotiate to Succeed in Work and Life. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2010.

Duhigg, Charles. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business. New York: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2012.

Gawande, Atul. The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right. New York: Metropolitan Books, 2009.

Gladwell, Malcolm. David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2013.

Gladwell, Malcolm. What the Dog Saw: and Other Adventures. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2009.

Heath, Chip and Heath, Dan. Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard. Crown Business. 2010.

Hutchinson, Peter. The Price of Government: Getting the Results We Need in an Age of Permanent Fiscal Crisis. New York: Basic Books, 2004.

Kelley, Tom, and Littman, Jonathan. The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, America's Leading Design Firm. Doubleday: New York, 2001.

Koenigsaeker, George. Leading the Lean Enterprise Transformation, Second Edition. Boca Raton: CRC Press, 2013.

Lewis, Michael. Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. New York: Norton, 2004.

Martin, Karen, and Osterling, Mike. Value Stream Mapping: How to Visualize Work and Align Leadership for Organizational Transformation. New York. McGraw Hill Education, 2014.

Miller, Ken. Extreme Government Makeover: Increasing Our Capacity to Do More Good. Washington, DC: Governing Books, 2011.

Miller, Ken. We Don't Make Widgets: Overcoming the Myths That Keep Government from Radically Improving (Governing Management Series). Washington, DC: Governing Books, 2008.

Peter, Nixon. Dialogue Gap: Why Communication Isn't Enough and What We Can Do About It, Fast. Hoboken: Wiley, 2012.

Sinek, Simon. Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t. New York: Penguin Group LLC, 2014.

Womack, James P., and Jones, Daniel T. Lean Thinking: Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation. New York: Free Press, 2003.

Peak Progress

Denver’s Peak Academy trains city employees at all levels on the principles of “Lean,” which teaches how to eliminate waste, improve efficiency and ultimately create a higher standard of government. Through Peak Academy, trainees learn techniques and strategies for implementing Peak Performance throughout their department, taking personal investment in the city's continuous improvement initiatives.

To learn more about Peak Academy, view What is the Peak Academy and how do I get involved? 

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  • Peak Academy and Process Improvement, Brian Elms