Applying Lean Design to Crime Laboratories

Justice DeptIn an effort to incorporate Lean Design thinking into the planning, construction, and relocation of forensic facilities, the National Institute of Justice’s FTCoE initiated a project to develop guidelines and checklists for Lean Facility Design (LFD).
Over the past decade, several tools have been developed to increase organizational efficiency and reduce backlogs, including process mapping and Lean Sigma Six (LSS). In 2011, a variation of LSS, named Lean Design was introduced as a novel approach to health facility design (Mersereau & Jimmerson, 2011). While the Lean Design approach has been successfully implemented in a number of health care research and development and quality management laboratories, it has not yet been applied to the planning and construction of forensic facilities.