Each month, we get to meet amazing employees from around the city (and elsewhere) who attend Black Belt training to learn new skills, develop professionally, and ultimately make incredible contributions to their agencies, the City and County of Denver, and our citizens. Our March class, Cohort 73 – Pigeon Peak, did not disappoint. The 23 participants in this Cohort represented 11 city agencies and three outside government organizations.

In 4.5 days of training, our participants learned tools ranging from process mapping to voice of the customer to effective change management. They Gemba Walked processes from three city agencies (Denver Public Library, Denver Human Services, and Public Health Inspections) and presented a thorough analysis highlighting opportunities for innovation within each of these processes.

The Black Belt week culminated with Ignite Presentations, where participants presented three innovation ideas to the Peak Team, their Cohort, and representatives from their agencies. Our 23 participants from the Pigeon Peak Cohort identified a combined total of over $2.3 million in savings through their innovation ideas!

It was an absolute pleasure working with the individuals from the Pigeon Peak Cohort. Their energy, enthusiasm, and kindness make them a joy to be around. We can’t wait to see and celebrate the amazing things they do to improve Denver, Tempe, Spokane, and the Harvard Government Improvement Lab!

Congratulations Cohort 73 – Pigeon Peak! Innovate. Elevate. Repeat.

Agencies represented in Cohort 73 were:

  • Community Planning and Development (CCD)
  • Denver Human Services (DHS)
  • Denver International Airport (DEN)
  • Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE)
  • Department of Finance (DOF)
  • Excise and Licenses
  • Office of Economic Development (OED)
  • Office of Human Resources (OHR)
  • Parks and Recreation (P&R)
  • Public Works (PW)
  • Technology Services (TS)
  • City of Tempe, AZ
  • City of Spokane, WA
  • Harvard Government Improvement Lab

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