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A “Healthcare Kaizen” Workshop for Michiganders

A “Healthcare Kaizen” Workshop for Michiganders

I’m happy to be partnering up with the Michigan Lean Consortium to do a half-day class on “Healthcare Kaizen” the afternoon before their upcoming healthcare symposium meeting. Michigan is my home state, so it’s great to be able to come back and teach and participate. It’s being held in Muskegon on October 9. Click here to […]

By August 20, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Teaching Up in the Organization?

Teaching Up in the Organization?

People often talk about the need for senior leadership support for Lean. If we’re going to really transform our culture, workplace, and performance, “quality starts in the boardroom,” as Dr. Deming said. Lean is not about “fixing” the employees — it’s about changing the way we think and lead at all levels. If executives and […]

By August 20, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
“Lean Coffee” for Healthcare in San Antonio, 9/25/14

“Lean Coffee” for Healthcare in San Antonio, 9/25/14

I held the first “Lean Coffee” gathering for San Antonio healthcare folks in June and we’re going to do another one in September. It’s a great format that I learned from Jim Benson. You use a “personal kanban” board (the table really) to solicit discussion topics from the attendees. Then, you vote on what to […]

By August 19, 2014 2 Comments Read More →

Lean Podcasts

Podcast #206 – Ed Pound, “Factory Physics for Managers”

Podcast #206 – Ed Pound, “Factory Physics for Managers”

MP3 File (run time 38:55) My guest for episode #206 is Ed Pound, co-author of the book Factory Physics for Managers: How Leaders Improve Performance in a Post-Lean Six Sigma World that was released in April. It is, of course, a new version of the original Factory Physics textbook that I used in college and was the subject […]

By August 14, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Podcast #205 – Joe Schnur, Hand Hygiene & Patient Safety

Podcast #205 – Joe Schnur, Hand Hygiene & Patient Safety

MP3 File (run time 32:43) Episode #205 is a conversation with Joe Schnur, VP Business Development at Intelligent M, a company that “designs data-driven hand hygiene compliance  improvement solutions for hospitals that dramatically reduce healthcare-acquired infections and their associated costs.” Joe and I share a passion for improving patient safety and we’ve had a number of […]

Podcast #204 – Paul Plsek, Lean & Innovation at Virginia Mason

Podcast #204 – Paul Plsek, Lean & Innovation at Virginia Mason

MP3 File (run time 34:37) Joining me today for Episode #204 is Paul Plsek (@PaulPlsek) and we’re talking about his excellent book (a Shingo Research Award recipient this year) titled Accelerating Health Care Transformation with Lean and Innovation: The Virginia Mason Experience. Virginia Mason, of course, is Virginia Mason Medical Center, the outstanding Lean organization […]

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

What They’re Saying Now about Lean Healthcare in Saskatchewan

What They’re Saying Now about Lean Healthcare in Saskatchewan

There have been plenty of headlines and updates since I first blogged about the controversy over Lean healthcare in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan (see my previous posts here). From my outside perspective, there are some good things happening. I admire their adoption of a “patient safety alert system” and a blame-free culture (see Saskatoon […]

The One Where a Dog Reviews the Strategy Deployment Metrics Wall

The One Where a Dog Reviews the Strategy Deployment Metrics Wall

I’ve had some cartoons on the blog before, including a few “Doofus & Leanies.”  I can’t draw at all, believe me (although I sometimes do my own simple digital graphics). I’ve been fortunate to partner up with other artists before and today’s cartoon is a new collaboration with Carrie Howarth, CMA (AAMA), a workflow facilitator at […]

Kaizen: What if We Get Bad Ideas from Employees?

Kaizen: What if We Get Bad Ideas from Employees?

In our Healthcare Kaizen books, Joe Swartz and I have tried to make the case that the Kaizen style of continuous improvement isn’t just a nice way to treat employees… it’s smart business and it’s good for patients. It’s a practical approach that we can make a part of our organizational culture with effort, patience, creativity, […]