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TV Ad for GE Capital Features Lean

TV Ad for GE Capital Features Lean

Thanks to my friend and former Toyota employee Karthik Chandramouli for noticing this commercial on TV. In the 60-second piece, GE highlights how their advisors helped a manufacturing company double efficiency by using Lean methods and by asking “the important question – why?” What happened? “Ideas for improvement started pouring out.” I was happy to […]

By October 2, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Podcast #210 – Lean in Washington State Government

Podcast #210 – Lean in Washington State Government

MP3 File (run time 39:33) My guests today are Darrell Damron and Hollie Jensen and we’re talking about Lean in Washington state government. Darrell and Hollie are both state employees, serving in the role of Enterprise Lean Consultant within a team called “Results Washington.” I’ve seen them both present at a Lean Enterprise Institute summit and […]

By October 1, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Great Lean Leader Interview Series at Shmula.com

Great Lean Leader Interview Series at Shmula.com

My friend Pete Abilla has started a nice series of “Lean Leadership Interviews” on his site, shmula.com. I enjoyed his most recent interview with Jeff Liker. I agree with Pete and Jeff in the assertion (shared by Mike Rother) that formal “root cause analysis” isn’t always needed, or might be overkill in some situations. We […]

By September 30, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Lean Podcasts

Podcast #210 – Lean in Washington State Government

Podcast #210 – Lean in Washington State Government

MP3 File (run time 39:33) My guests today are Darrell Damron and Hollie Jensen and we’re talking about Lean in Washington state government. Darrell and Hollie are both state employees, serving in the role of Enterprise Lean Consultant within a team called “Results Washington.” I’ve seen them both present at a Lean Enterprise Institute summit and […]

By October 1, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Podcast #209 – George Friesen, Lean, Kaizen, and Idea Boards

Podcast #209 – George Friesen, Lean, Kaizen, and Idea Boards

MP3 File (run time 33:39) My guest for episode #209 is George Friesen, Business Practice Leader for Lean Transformations in the Workforce Solutions Group at St. Louis Community College. In this episode, we talk about his early experiences at the GM/Toyota NUMMI plant, why candor and trust are so important in a Lean transformation, and how to engage […]

By September 18, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Podcast #208 – Michael Bremer, “How to Do a Gemba Walk”

Podcast #208 – Michael Bremer, “How to Do a Gemba Walk”

MP3 File (run time 36:24) Joining me for episode #208 is Michael Bremer, author of the recently released eBook How to Do a Gemba Walk. Michael is president of The Cumberland Group, a business improvement consulting firm based in Illinois. In today’s episode, Michael talks about different types of gemba walks, key behaviors that need to […]

By September 9, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Featured Videos

Are You Making Excuses or Solving Problems?

Are You Making Excuses or Solving Problems?

Here is a 10-minute talk I gave at the 2014 Lean Transformation Summit. I’m introduced by Jim Womack and we do Q&A at the end. Looking at your own organization today, do you hold yourself back by making excuses or do you get creative and find new ways of doing things? Many organizations aspire to […]

By August 16, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
Mark Graban – Lean Startup Conference 2012

Mark Graban – Lean Startup Conference 2012

In this video, I talk about the use of Lean thinking in hospital facility design. The talk is given in the “Ignite” format, where you have five minutes and the slides automatically advance every 15 seconds on you. Some of the themes include the parallels between “Lean Startup” thinking and “Lean Design” for hospitals. Both […]

By February 18, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Mark Graban Talks Kaizen and Continuous Improvement (Clips)

Mark Graban Talks Kaizen and Continuous Improvement (Clips)

This video contains clips of a talk I gave at the University of Michigan Health System in early 2014. I cover some basics about the Kaizen approach to continuous improvement and how that fits into the “A3″ problem solving model that is used widely at UMHS and other organizations. About LeanBlog.org: Mark Graban is a […]

By February 18, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Other Recent Lean Posts

Safety is “always our top priority,” except when it isn’t… in football and hospitals

Safety is “always our top priority,” except when it isn’t… in football and hospitals

Although I’m a proud alum of Northwestern University, a former marching band member, and an ardent follower of our football team (as I’ve written about before), I grew up as a fan of the Michigan Wolverines and have many friends who are alumni. After watching NU shock Penn State on Saturday, I flipped over to […]

By September 29, 2014 5 Comments Read More →
Lean is a “Generic” Term for TPS (and The Toyota Way), Says Dan Jones

Lean is a “Generic” Term for TPS (and The Toyota Way), Says Dan Jones

People often say Lean is pretty simple (or that it’s just “common sense“). Yeah, some of the concepts are simple… but sometimes deceptively so. Or, we find that it’s easier to describe Lean (as a management system, a set of methods, and a culture) than it is to say how an organization should transform itself […]

By September 29, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
Is This Dilbert Really True?

Is This Dilbert Really True?

Thursday’s Dilbert (see the strip) starts with the “Pointy Haired Boss” asking Dilbert for his opinion on something. Dilbert responds with “studies show that if you ask for my opinion, I will no longer perceive you as a leader.” The cartoon isn’t footnoted and a bit of Google searching doesn’t pull up “studies.” Maybe I’m […]

By September 26, 2014 11 Comments Read More →