ComSubFor Must Have A "Six Sigma Black Belt" On Staff
Over at the SubLant web page, I found a description of the "Undersea Enterprise" initiative (Adobe Acrobat document). Here's only one of the exciting highlights of what I'm sure will make us an Industry Leader in undersea warfare:
"Structure: CSF’s effects based management structure consists of a USE Flag Panel, and supporting policy and action teams. CSF leverages the USE Flag Panel, as supported by cross-functional teams (CFT), to increase the productivity of delivering warfare capacity to meet operational demand. The USE Flag Panel, by setting strategy and approving and monitoring metrics linked to personal accountability, uses CFTs to provide the integration of enterprise activities to meet USE objectives."
Doesn't that sound like it's straight out of Dilbert? Maybe one of the active duty guys who read this can enlighten me, but it looks at first glance to be one of those complete wastes of time that will quietly fade away whenever we have the next change at the top of CSF.
Maybe I'm being a little bit cynical. After all, they do have Measures Of Performance:
"• Operational Availability – “Around the World; Around the Clock” - Submarines and undersea surveillance assets deployed for sustained battle space preparation and deterrence
• Improved Commanding Officer Decision-Making – CO’s making optimal decisions under the demands and complexity of the undersea environment
• Submarine Expertise - Experienced people integrated throughout the Joint war fighting, military technology and defense/government management communities
• Culture/Standards/Conduct – “Pride Runs Deep” – Assimilating new crew members into the submarine culture, while maintaining high standards and conduct
• Future Capabilities – Forecasting and meeting tomorrow’s requirements for undersea superiority"
Plus, they have some sort of Venn diagram!
I was wrong... this diagram is sure to establish new paradigms and win the war. With Six Sigma, everything is possible!
Now I'm even more sure I retired at the right time...