Open Letter to a Military Base Commander

You have got to be prepared to take those risks or you … are never going to make that leap in life that you need to make to be a great leader” – Retired Admiral William McRaven.

Subject: Unlocking Operational Excellence – Integrating the Toyota Production System, Lean Six Sigma, and a Master Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma at your Military Base

I hope this letter finds you in good health and high spirits. As an advocate for continuous improvement and operational excellence, I am writing to present a transformative approach that can revolutionize the efficiency, readiness, and effectiveness of [Military Base Name]. By integrating the Toyota Production System (TPS), Lean Six Sigma, and leveraging the expertise of a Master Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma, your military base can achieve new levels of performance and readiness.

  1. The Toyota Production System (TPS): TPS, inspired by Toyota’s manufacturing principles, has become renowned for its focus on continuous improvement, waste reduction, and optimization of processes. When adapted to military operations, TPS principles can lead to streamlined workflows, reduced lead times, and increased resource efficiency.
  2. Lean Six Sigma: Lean Six Sigma offers a powerful set of tools and methodologies for process improvement and problem-solving. The Lean principles of waste reduction, combined with the statistical rigor of Six Sigma, can help your military base identify root causes of inefficiencies and drive data-driven decisions for superior performance.
  3. Master Black Belt Lean Six Sigma Expertise: A Master Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma is a highly skilled professional with extensive experience in leading improvement projects and guiding teams to achieve breakthrough results. Engaging a Master Black Belt will ensure that your Lean Six Sigma initiatives are strategically planned and effectively executed, delivering tangible and lasting improvements.

By integrating the Toyota Production System, Lean Six Sigma, and the guidance of a Master Black Belt, [Military Base Name] can achieve the following benefits:

  1. Enhanced Military Readiness: Streamlining operational processes and eliminating waste will improve the base’s readiness, enabling faster response times and effective resource utilization.
  2. Data-Driven Decision Making: Leveraging Lean Six Sigma tools and the expertise of a Master Black Belt will empower your Military Base to make well-informed decisions based on data analysis and performance metrics.
  3. Resource Optimization: Identifying and eliminating waste will optimize resource allocation, ensuring the efficient use of personnel and assets.
  4. Continuous Improvement Culture: Implementing Lean Six Sigma principles will foster a culture of continuous improvement, encouraging personnel at all levels to actively contribute to the base’s mission readiness.
  5. Cost Savings: By reducing inefficiencies and streamlining processes, your Military Base can realize significant cost savings that can be redirected to other mission-critical priorities.

To begin this transformative journey, I recommend the following steps:

  1. Leadership Commitment: As the Military Base Commander, your commitment to the integration of Lean Six Sigma, TPS, and the Master Black Belt’s expertise will set the tone for the entire base.
  2. Executive Training: Provide Lean Six Sigma and TPS training to key leaders and stakeholders within the base to gain their support and understanding of the methodologies.
  3. Master Black Belt Engagement: Engage a qualified Master Black Belt with experience in military process improvement to lead your base’s Lean Six Sigma initiatives and provide guidance throughout the transformation process.
  4. Pilot Projects: Launch pilot projects within different departments or units of the base to demonstrate the effectiveness of Lean Six Sigma and TPS methodologies. Successful pilot outcomes will encourage broader implementation.
  5. Continuous Learning: Encourage personnel to participate in Lean Six Sigma training, creating a pool of certified professionals capable of driving improvement initiatives across the base.

I am enthusiastic about the potential of integrating the Toyota Production System, Lean Six Sigma, and a Master Black Belt’s expertise to elevate operational excellence at your Military Base. As an expert in both Lean Six Sigma and TPS, I am eager to collaborate with your base and provide support in implementing these methodologies.

I would be honored to have the opportunity to discuss this proposal further and explore how we can tailor these approaches to address the unique challenges faced by your Military Base. Together, we can pave the way for a more efficient, mission-ready, and exemplary military base.

Thank you for considering this proposition. I eagerly anticipate the possibility of working with your Military Base in driving transformative change and enhancing the readiness of our military personnel.


Jim FitzGerald

Toyota Production System & Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt


Apply the Tools of The 6+ Sigma Toyota Production System to the Military System