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State of Colorado
May 9, 2019
State of Colorado

Frontline workers are often in the best position to identify and resolve problems and inefficiencies but frequently lack the authority or support to drive solutions. Especially in large, cross-functional, and decentralized organizations such as the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), it can sometimes be difficult to translate localized improvements into widespread change. Colorado's Lean Everyday Ideas (LEI) program remedies this issue by engaging CDOT employees in taking innovations from the initial suggestion stage through to implementation, then on to replication. LEI acts as a channel through which employee ideas are tested, shared, implemented, and spread. The program created a user-friendly database that enables employees statewide to submit ideas and to search for previously submitted improvements to implement on a broader scale. LEI provides support throughout each of CDOT’s five regions, increasing the likelihood that an innovation will be widely embraced.