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Everyone at CDOT is encouraged to identify opportunities to make improvements to their workplaces and work processes, every day. These Lean Everyday Ideas (LEI) are innovations and improvements where one person (or a small group of people) will: identify a problem or opportunity; develop an innovative way of doing something better to solve that problem or seize upon that opportunity; implement the improvement, and let others know about it so that they can "borrow" the innovation, too! These innovations and ideas are the embodiment of "everyone, every day, improving every process and every product, to benefit every customer." 

In 2018, the LEI Program was named a Top 25 program for the Innovation in American Government Award by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University! Also, in 2020, the LEI Program was named the winner of the Inspiring Workplaces Awards by the Inspiring Workplaces Group!

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Thank you, innovators! 
The Lean Everyday Ideas Program was named a Top 25 program for the 2018 Innovation in American Government Award by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University!
Inspiring Workplaces Award 2020 North American WinnerContinuing to Innovate and Inspire! 
The Lean Everyday Ideas Program was also named the winner of the Inspiring Workplaces Awards for 2020! Way to go CDOT!

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I fixed it!

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In our efforts to improve safety and customer service while reducing waste, we thank you for taking the time to share your implemented solutions here. 

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  I suggest!

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Thank you for improving CDOT!
We are grateful for your suggestion to make CDOT the number one DOT.

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2020 Summer of Spreading Innovation Success!

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT)’s Office of Process Improvement’s (OPI)’s Lean Everyday Idea (LEI) program has successfully implemented over 343 ideas and this summer, CDOT will be working with the maintenance team to implement eight of those ideas over a 3-month period.

CDOT’s LEI program has been successful since its inception in 2013. The idea is to fix ideas that bug you and to focus on continuous improvement. In 2018 the program was ranked as a Top 25 program for the Innovation in American Government Award by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University. However, while there are many great ideas available, there are still many folks within the department who are not aware of this great resource.

The goal of the summer replication series is to spread these great ideas across the state. The first iteration began July 20th and will continue until October. OPI will be releasing videos to share through the Region, one of 5 sections of the state, Newsletters. We plan on also having superintendents send out the videos and communicate with their staff regarding the LEI program.

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