Phil Ranck is a Pennsylvania native, who decided after graduation from high school to join the United States Army. Serving 24 years on active duty status provided him the opportunity to live and work in a number of different states and counties, which set the foundation for working with process improvement. During Phil’s service as a Warrant Officer, his ambitious nature enabled him to earn his Bachelors degree in Military Management and program acquisition, with a concentration in contracting from American Military University (‘10) and his Master degree in Transportation and Logistics Management from American Military University (‘14). With the combined knowledge of military experience and formal education, it was clear that implementing change in the logistics field of the US Army is best accomplished using a clear process; leading to becoming a Certified Department of the Army Master Black Belt and soon after an IASSC, ASQ, and CSSC Certified Black Belt.
Lean Alaska was formed in 2019 out of an overwhelming desire from individuals and businesses in Alaska who are seeking to advance their professional growth, development, and credentialing. Lean Alaska initially began as a Lean Six Sigma training program only, but quickly appreciated the positive impacts of a fused methodology training and consulting program. Lean Six Sigma is the core of the program and is based on the body of knowledge (BOK) that comprises the 4 major Lean Six Sigma Accreditation Certifications. Those are IASSC, ASQ, DOD, and CSSC. In addition to these internationally accepted programs, elements of other methodologies have been interwoven into the program. Design Thinking is a user-centric, innovative approach to problem solving. Business Process Re-engineering is geared toward software development and implementation as it applies to problem solving. The foundation of Change Management that drives executive support and culture development enable these approaches to be possible. Every problem is unique, as is the path to problem resolution. Lean Alaska strives to create a culture of process improvement in individuals and organizations that drives positive outcomes and collaborative team effort. This starts with training to create a common understanding of the tools and how to use them; enhanced with mentorship and consulting to demonstrate the capability to use them. We want our students and clients to be able to recognize opportunities as they happen and apply process improvement tools as a preventative measure.