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Why Lunch Can Be Annoying at the Sensei Cafe

Why Lunch Can Be Annoying at the Sensei Cafe

Last week, I published my first cartoon collaboration with a skilled artist (and medical assistant), Carrie Howarth. You might call that cartoon “Strategy Dog-ployment.” None of us expect this to be a weekly thing, but sometimes you strike when inspiration hits. Here is our latest collaboration, the “Sensei Cafe.” Again, at the risk of killing the […]

By August 27, 2014 4 Comments Read More →
To Create a Culture of Continuous Improvement, Put Away the Gavel!

To Create a Culture of Continuous Improvement, Put Away the Gavel!

I am giving a new webinar on Wednesday, hosted by the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value (to promote a public registration workshop on Kaizen that we’re doing in October). The webinar’s theme is: “Practical Continuous Improvement Leadership: Coaching, Not Judging” I’ll give a bit of a preview of the webinar in this blog post. As […]

By August 26, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Proof That Nelson from The Simpsons is Not a Good Kaizen Coach

Proof That Nelson from The Simpsons is Not a Good Kaizen Coach

If you know me, you know I’m a huge fan of The Simpsons. The show has been on TV for 25 of my 40 years. The cable channel FXX is having an “Every Simpsons Ever” marathon, showing all 552 episodes over 12 days. I’m watching it here and there, especially my favorite episodes from the […]

By August 24, 2014 1 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

My #IceBucketChallenge Video for #ALS and Patient Safety

My #IceBucketChallenge Video for #ALS and Patient Safety

I was nominated to do the ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge.” I think I was officially the last person to do so, judging from my Facebook feed. I made a donation to the ALS Association and also made this video. I’m doing this to honor a friend’s mother, who has ALS. Watch a touching news story about her of her […]

By August 22, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
KaiNexus Webinar Recording – Our First Years in Continuous Improvement

KaiNexus Webinar Recording – Our First Years in Continuous Improvement

Here is a recording of our most recent KaiNexus webinar: Getting Started with Continuous Improvement: Lessons and Reflections Dr. Greg Jacobson and I reflect on our first year being involved in continuous improvement. Greg’s was at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. I had two “first years” — at GM and then later in healthcare. What are […]

By August 22, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Why “More Nurses” Isn’t the Best Way to Solve What Ails Healthcare

Why “More Nurses” Isn’t the Best Way to Solve What Ails Healthcare

There are certainly many serious problems in healthcare. Let’s look at nursing, in particular. It’s a rewarding job, but it’s far more frustrating for nurses than it needs to be. Nurses often don’t have enough time in the day (or in a given hour) to do all of their work the right way in the […]