What is the role of a lean event sponsor?

The critical role of a team sponsor is to support the team, both during and after the event. See the Sponsor Contract under Resources.
To ensure team success a sponsor must be:

  • Passionate
    • Enthusiastic support of the team
  • Strategic
    • Utilizing the event activity to advance a business objective by improving the performance of the targeted process while being aware of the impact to the total system
  • Committed
    • Engaged from pre-event planning through sustainment
  • Willing to Take Risks
    • Encourage creative thinking to drive paradigm breaking results
  • Open Minded
    • Influence the team to develop the best solution without introducing pre-conceived ideas

During the week of the event the sponsor must support the team through:

  • Event Kick off
    • Communicate expectations to the team
    • Set the direction
  • Be visible during the event
  • Attend Team Leader Update Meetings
    • Redirect if needed
    • Challenge the team
    • Assist in removing roadblocks

See Sponsor Contact Agreement for more details.

Program Area
Lean Enterprise
Lean, Kaizen, Sponsor

Printed from the Iowa Department of Management website on March 23, 2018 at 10:08am.