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Podcast #255 – Mark DeLuzio, “Turn Waste Into Wealth” With Lean

Podcast #255 – Mark DeLuzio, “Turn Waste Into Wealth” With Lean

My guest for episode #255 is Mark DeLuzio, author of the recently-released book Turn Waste into Wealth: How to Find Cash in Every Corner of the Company. It’s Mark’s first book, but he’s been well known in the Lean community for a long time. Mark started learning and practicing Lean in 1988 when he worked for […]

Strategy Deployment as a Series of Hypotheses or Predictions (Part 2)

Strategy Deployment as a Series of Hypotheses or Predictions (Part 2)

Here is the EXTREMELY belated Part 2 of my post, started in January 2015 with Part 1, on Strategy Deployment (SD) and hypotheses. A few of you actually emailed me to ask where Part 2 is, so thank you :-) The first two hypotheses from Part 1 were: Hypothesis #1: “If we focus our improvement […]

Sorta Live Blogging Fox News “Beware! Danger at the Doctor” (Part 1)

Sorta Live Blogging Fox News “Beware! Danger at the Doctor” (Part 1)

However, administrators will not disclose the actual number of safety events that occur at the hospital. According to Apkon, going public with error rates could backfire by making various departments look bad. Even if the hospital could provide context for the error rates, public reporting could deter employees from reporting mistakes. “It’s a tough balance,” […]

Lean Podcasts

Podcast #255 – Mark DeLuzio, “Turn Waste Into Wealth” With Lean

Podcast #255 – Mark DeLuzio, “Turn Waste Into Wealth” With Lean

My guest for episode #255 is Mark DeLuzio, author of the recently-released book Turn Waste into Wealth: How to Find Cash in Every Corner of the Company. It’s Mark’s first book, but he’s been well known in the Lean community for a long time. Mark started learning and practicing Lean in 1988 when he worked for […]

Podcast #254 – Lean in Veterinary Medicine

Podcast #254 – Lean in Veterinary Medicine

Episode #254 is interesting to me for a number of reasons. For one, I have a “guest co-host” joining me for the first time. He’s Chip Ponsford, DVM, a doctor of veterinary medicine and former practice owner who I’ve gotten to know here in Texas over the past few years. Chip has been a great […]

Podcast #253 – Ash Maurya, “Scaling #Lean” and #LeanStartup

Podcast #253 – Ash Maurya, “Scaling #Lean” and #LeanStartup

Joining me for Episode #253 is Ash Maurya, author of the book Running Lean: Iterate from Plan A to a Plan That Works and his latest, being released this week, called Scaling Lean: Mastering the Key Metrics for Startup Growth. Ash is an entrepreneur and a big part of the “Lean Startup” community. Visit his website at www.LeanStack.com. read […]

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“Healthcare Kaizen” Videos from Franciscan St. Francis

“Healthcare Kaizen” Videos from Franciscan St. Francis

If you ever hear people say something like “Lean doesn’t work in healthcare,” you could point people to these videos that are at the top of this post (and in these blog posts and this YouTube playlist). In the videos, you’ll see staff and leaders talk bout “Kaizen” or continuous improvement. It’s powerful to see […]

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Webinar Recording – Why Change Management and Lean Are So Important

Webinar Recording – Why Change Management and Lean Are So Important

Yesterday, I did a webinar about the “ExperienceChange” workshops that I’m facilitating and would love to bring to your organization. In the webinar, the first part talks about the need for change management practices and higher levels of employee engagement…

By December 4, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
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 […]

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Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of June 20, 2016: Book Typo, Shingo Video

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of June 20, 2016: Book Typo, Shingo Video

Here’s the latest installment of “Key Tweets,” a weekly post that summarizes some of my tweets (or retweets) from the week, including pictures and other fun stuff. Follow [email protected] join the fun and the conversation. See the previous installments of Key Tweets here. If you’re reading this via email or RSS, you might get a better […]

Free Webinar on Monday: The Real Lessons of Dr. Deming’s Red Bead Factory

Free Webinar on Monday: The Real Lessons of Dr. Deming’s Red Bead Factory

I’ve written a lot about Dr. Deming’s famous “Red Bead Experiment.” As a follow up to my workshop at February’s Society for Health Systems Conference (we played the simulation with a group there), Mike and I promised to do a follow up webinar. Mike was supposed to co-facilitate the Red Bead session with me, but […]

This Nurses Union is Wrong About Lean

This Nurses Union is Wrong About Lean

There’s a weeklong nursing strike going on at Allina Health in Minnesota: Seven-day nurses strike starts at five Twin Cities hospitals. The main issue is health insurance coverage for the nurses, it seems. One reason for higher health insurance costs is rising healthcare delivery costs… one reason hospital costs are higher than they’d otherwise need to be is […]

Meet a Lean Blog Sponsor: Creative Safety Supply; Their “Gemba” Infographic

Meet a Lean Blog Sponsor: Creative Safety Supply; Their “Gemba” Infographic

Thanks to the team at Creative Safety Supply for their sponsorship of LeanBlog.org. They’ve been running ads in the right sidebar since 2013. They’re a great fit for this blog because of their products that support safety and visual methods, two important aspects of Lean. Their current ads are for Lean Posters and for a 5S […]

What Happens to Leaders Who Don’t Listen?

What Happens to Leaders Who Don’t Listen?

There’s a lot of silly stuff that people post that appears on the LinkedIn main page when I log in, between narcissistic selfies and urban legends like the one about Bill Gates and his daughter that’s making the rounds. But, occasionally there’s a real gem… this time an image shared by Shellie McKinney, an H.R. […]