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Special offerings to State employees include: new classes or special programs.
This section of the website describes the classes that are available through the CO Talent Challenge.
We offer classes in two formats, general enrollment and agency purchase.
General enrollment classes have been scheduled for your convenience. To participate in any of these classes, click on the class name below, fill out the registration form for the class and dates that you want. We will follow up with you to confirm registration and/or complete payment.
Agency purchase allows a single agency or department to request one or more classes for dates and location that meet your needs. This type of purchase allows us to direct the focus of the class specifically on your project and/or team needs. This option includes the 50% matching funds, and gives access to these high-quality classes for a great price. To request an agency purchase of any of these classes, contact COE and let us know which class(es) you want to purchase, how many people will be participating, and what dates you want.
Classes in the Talent Challenge ar purchased by the State, and are subject to minimum and maximum participation limits. Classes have a maximum participant count of 25 and a minimum count of 7. When class registrations do not meet these requirements classes may be cancelled and/or participants may be asked to register for other dates.
Please do not register yourself or others into classes with more than 25 participants.
Contact COE to ask questions or to purchase classes. Contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 303-866-2439.
Learn more & register for Driving Lean Culture Change
Shaping an organization's culture is a key function of executives and senior leaders. And, it is said that culture eats change for lunch. Moving from the culture you have to one that is supportive of accomplishing your mission takes an intentional, concerted effort. Through two 1-day sessions, leaders learn skills to characterize their current culture and to build a practical plan to transform it by progressing through the 4Cs of Culture©: Co-Create, Clarify, Connect, and Cultivate. Note: Two hours of individual coaching are included with the course fee and additional coaching hours are recommended to support leaders as they lead the culture change effort.
Course duration is 2 days.
The cost of this course is $1550 before the 50% Match.
Learn more & register for Increasing Performance through Ownership
Designed for professionals at any level, this 1-day course helps individuals and teams create shared accountability to make a positive impact on their organization. The course equips participants with concepts and practical skills to increase ownership and responsibility for achieving results. Through limited slideware and participative exercises, small groups will practice respectfully challenging accepted standards to pushing for a higher level of performance and teamwork. Note: This course is particularly effective for intact teams experiencing issues of trust and “finger pointing” around delivery of critical results.
Course duration is 1 day.
The cost of this course is $800 before the 50% Match.
Learn more & register for Winning the Battle of Hearts and Minds
Managing the people side of change is critical to lasting project success. Leaders cannot merely dictate, they must ensure their people are prepared for and supported through the change. This 2-day course focuses on the practical skills to complement project management tasks with the “softer skills” needed to successfully implement and sustain high-impact improvements. The course is built around GPS’ “4 Truths of Change” with 75% of class time spent applying the theory through exercises and small group discussions. Participants are encouraged to have a change project identified before the class so that exercises yield not just insights, but valuable outputs for a real-life project.
Learn more & register for Three Day Lean Boot Camp
This course is designed for individuals interested in:
The GPS Lean Foundations three day course:
Course duration is 3 days.
The cost of this course is $3270 before the 50% Match.
Learn more & register for Lean Foundations
Lean continuous improvement can have a transformative effect on operational performance and employee satisfaction. This 1-day course delivers a foundational understanding for employees at any level who do not have experience using formal problem-solving methods. Class time focuses on building familiarity with the State’s SOLVE method and toolkit through participative exercises. Entire teams can be enrolled with a goal of working together after the class to implement one or more improvements.
Learn more & register for Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement
Lean Leader Training will be for those in management ranks with prior Lean training and/or significant project experience. This one (1) day, discussion-based course relays the keys to cultivating a culture of improvement, linking improvements to strategies, and empowering change agents. The course is twenty percent (20%) theory, with eighty percent (80%) of time spent in small-group exercises and dialogue.
The cost of this course is $2250 before the 50% Match.
Learn more & register for Eight Step Problem Solving
In this workshop we will explore the 8 Step method and learn how we can transform our agencies using similar thinking and actions. We will also learn to utilize the A3 format to tell our problem-solving story.
Utilizing case studies, we will learn how to use each step of the process to:
The cost of this course is $3058 before the 50% Match.
Learn more & register for Lean Continuous Improvement
This session covers Improvement Philosophy and how leaders can engage their organization’s transformation through the introduction of the Kaizen Teian (“presenting something I have already implemented”) system. Participants will learn: The process of everyone identifying opportunities for improvement “ideas”
Implementing the improvement idea on their own.
Course duration is 4 hours.
The cost of this course is $550 before the 50% Match.
Learn more & register for LEAN Identify and Execute Process Improvements
This session covers the Lean Management System practice of organizing leaders’ activities through the use of Leader Standardized Work. Strategies of scheduling similar activities to occur simultaneously, and leveling workload across the time horizon (day, week, month, year) are explored together. The leadership team refines roles and determines how they spend their most precious limited resource time.
Learn more & register for Lean Leaders Vision and Strategy
This session shares a Vision for how Lean could look at Colorado in the future. Through dialogue and shared video observation of lean organizations, leaders have an opportunity to prepare a lean vision tailored to their own department. Values and principles of successful lean organizations are explored and evaluated against the departments’ current values and philosophies.
Learn more & register for Lean Standardization
This session covers the process of identifying opportunities for LEAN Process Improvement and Standardization. A combination of presentation, exercises, and team based application for 1-3 actual processes are used, based upon the number of participants.
Pre-work includes selection of work areas in order to enable experiences within the Honsha’s “Learn, See, Do” model.
Course duration is 4 hours
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.
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
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.
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.)
Refer to our training payment policies for questions about payments.