Peak Academy

"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

Impact Statements




Progress Reports 



Rapid Improvement Events



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.

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