Visual Management Contest Winner

I’m happy to announce a winner in the LeanBlog Contest that was sponsored by American LED-gible, Inc (

I had three outstanding entries, so it was a tough decision, but the winner is Andrea, who submitted an example from a blood donor operations environment. I liked the simplicity of the visual and the positive impact it had (and I have a soft spot for healthcare related Lean work). I’ll share more about her entry later, but it was a simple (and effective) visual control that helped ensure that donated blood wasn’t wasted due to an administrative oversight that had been occurring with new employees.

Andrea will receive the iPod Nano (again, courtesy American LED-gible), pre-loaded at her request, with all episodes of the LeanBlog Podcast.

Thanks for all of the entries. The two runners up will receive a free copy of the book “Evolving Excellence,” by the fine folks at the blog of the same name.

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Mark Graban's passion is creating a better, safer, more cost effective healthcare system for patients and better workplaces for all. Mark is a consultant, author, and speaker in the "Lean healthcare" methodology. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent project is an book titled Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus.

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  1. Andrea says

    ::cheer!:: Thanks Mark and American LED-gible. I appreciate the contest, and the pre-loading of the podcasts. I’ve been trying to figure out how to listen to them. :)

    And to everyone who contributes here, thanks, you’ve made learning about Lean very entertaining!

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