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Participant Project Requirement

Each participant in a course within the Talent Challenge is responsible for completing a project which demonstrates application of learning objectives from the course and which results in improvement within the participant department/agency. Participants are responsible for identifying, completing, and reporting data from the project. The reported data will include: a short narrative summary of the project documenting the problem, actions taken, and impact of the process improvement in quantifiable measures for example: time savings, dollar savings, improvements in customer satisfaction, improvements in engagement or performance. A description of completed projects will be posted on the CO Talent Challenge Project Reporting.

CO Talent Challenge

Everyone working for the State of Colorado plays a vital part in making state government work. Process improvement is part of the way we work to serve the citizens of Colorado.

The Governor's Office has provided an exciting opportunity to complete training on process improvement and complete projects within state agencies to improve work processes. This opportunity is called the Colorado Talent Challenge.

Throughout this training, participants will be introduced to a number of principles, methodologies and tools. To help organize all of the different components of Lean and to assist in taking the right action at the right time the State of Colorado has developed its own Lean Model. As participants are introduced to each topic in the Lean Model they will work on projects to apply the information within their agencies. 

The state's training partners under this innovative contract will be Government Performance Solutions (GPS) and Honsha. Both training partners are experienced in providing hand-on Lean training, and both are incentivized to provide a robust level of coaching for participants, including support through the execution of a Lean project. 

Why should you participate?

Support the Governor in promoting continuous improvement throughout the state.

Improve your work by identifying and completing process improvements within your agency.

Develop and engage your employees by giving them the opportunity to learn about globally accepted best practices in process improvement. 

The matching funds for this program will run out, so make sure that you take advantage of this cost savings by signing up as soon as possible.

Process change effective February 2018, the Governor's Office will pay matching funds at the beginning of each cohort rather than at the end of the 120-day performance period. 

Click the following link to learn more about the matching funds that reduce the cost of this training.  Matching Funds Process for CO Talent Challenge

Learning Objectives 

  1. Participants will learn the Lean methodology and execute a Lean project that benefits their customers
  2. Participants will improve their confidence and abilities in pursuing continuous improvement; using data to drive decisions; and employing customer feedback to improve processes.

Lean Training Partners 

At sign-up, each trainee will choose one of the training partners, GPS or Honsha. Trainees from the same Department need not sign-up with the same training partner. The decision can be made based on dates and schedules, or based on a preference for the training approach of the specific partner. See a few details about their training approaches below. More information will be available at the time of sign-up. Note that both Honsha and GPS have demonstrated success utilizing Lean within State government to improve processes.

Registration for Lean will close 2 business days prior to the start of the workshop. If a workshop is scheduled to start on Tuesday, registration for that class will end of Friday of the week prior.

Government Performance Solutions: GPS is a training and consulting firm with a proven track record implementing Lean in the State of Colorado.

Honsha: Honsha is a training and consulting firm with a proven track record implementing Lean in the State of Arizona.

Matching Funds Program 

The matching funds will be available through the CO Talent Challenge. The CO Talent Challenge aligns the incentives of the State’s training partners with achieving key performance indicators for the State.

The State’s training partners under this innovative contract will be Government Performance Solutions and Honsha. Both training partners are experienced in providing hands-on Lean training, and both are incentivized to provide a robust level of coaching for participants, including support through the execution of a Lean project.

  • Departments sign up for the CO Talent Challenge via DPA’s website, including CORE billing information for the cohort they choose.

  • Department attendees and their supervisors complete program pre-surveys.

  • DPA bills Departments on the day the cohort begins, and sends list of paid participants to the Governor’s Office.

  • The Governor’s Office reimburses the applicable departments for 50% of the total cost. Payments will be made monthly.

  • Department attendees complete training/coaching over the performance period. 120 days from the first day of training until the post-survey is sent.   Projects should have a reportable status by the end of the performance period.

  • Each participant must have a designated sponsor.  Sponsors monitor employee performance and project completion related to Talent Challenge classes.  Participants and Sponsors complete pre-surveys and post-surveys.

  • DPA identifies for the Governor’s Office any attendees and supervisors who have not completed their evaluation surveys and submitted Lean project data.  

Departments not fulfilling these program requirements within a reasonable time-frame will be subject to repaying the matching funds back to the Governor's office. If this spans across fiscal years, these funds shall be reimbursed back to the Governor's Office from the subsequent fiscal year’s budget. If a participant drops out and does not complete the requirements, the Governor's Office will seek reimbursement as well. (Extenuating circumstances may be considered on a case by case basis.)

 

Payment Questions?

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