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Reflections: If I Hadn’t Moved From Lean Manufacturing to Lean Healthcare

Reflections: If I Hadn’t Moved From Lean Manufacturing to Lean Healthcare

I just got back from Japan last night and I’m going to take it easy during this Thanksgiving week. Rest and family time are high priorities, of course, as I’m sure they are for many of you. I will be reflecting a lot on my trip and I’ll be writing more posts about the trip […]

By November 24, 2014 4 Comments Read More →
Is “The Jerk” Good at Problem Solving?

Is “The Jerk” Good at Problem Solving?

Four years ago, I parodied the style of GEICO commercial that they were running at the time with a “did you know that Steve Martin’s character from The Jerk was bad at 5S?” The other day, I was thinking about the scene in the movie where Navin R. Johnson (Martin’s character) was working at a […]

By November 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
“Quality Circles” Are Alive & Well in Japanese Organizations; We Might Call it A3 Problem Solving

“Quality Circles” Are Alive & Well in Japanese Organizations; We Might Call it A3 Problem Solving

One question I was asked to ask during my Japan trip was to see if “Quality Circles” are still active in Japanese companies. I think the term was brought to the U.S. in the 1980s and 1990s, but generally wasn’t widely adopted for a number of reasons – probably due to management mindsets and organizational […]

By November 20, 2014 4 Comments Read More →

Lean Podcasts

Podcast #211: Mark Graban on “Healthcare Tech Talk”

Podcast #211: Mark Graban on “Healthcare Tech Talk”

MP3 File (run time 52:10) Normally, my podcast is all about my guests. This episode has me being interviewed by the hosts at Healthcare Tech Talk, a new podcast for Healthcare IS professionals. This originally appeared as episode #23 of their series. Thanks to hosts Terry Baker and Kelley Hill for interviewing me and for allowing […]

By October 8, 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 →
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 →

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 – Question Your Assumptions

SAFETY – Question Your Assumptions

Mark’s note: Today’s guest post is by Brian Buck, a fellow lean healthcare  practitioner who blogged until about two years ago at his site “Improve With Me.”  Recently, I took my son to his primary care provider and the doctor asked if I would like a flu shot for my four year old son.  I […]

By November 19, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Our Toyota Tour Guide’s Kaizen

Our Toyota Tour Guide’s Kaizen

We just finished our second day of our Kaizen Institute Japan Lean Tour and it’s been great so far. Follow us via the hashtag #KaizenTour on Twitter for more real-time updates. Monday afternoon, we visited Toyota’s Tsutsumi plant in Toyota City, where they produce Prius and Camry models. In the theme of being an “eco-factory” for […]

By November 18, 2014 7 Comments Read More →
Unclear on the Lean Concept: Gemba Walks

Unclear on the Lean Concept: Gemba Walks

Here’s the third cartoon collaboration with artist Carrie Howarth, CMA (AAMA), a workflow facilitator at a health system in Florida. See all of the cartoons here. More to come! This cartoon is not inspired by any particular incident or any real health system, but it was based off my random thought about what would happen IF a […]

By November 17, 2014 1 Comments Read More →