Great news, this is quite an honor and I’m very excited. My book, “Lean Hospitals: Improving Quality, Patient Safety, and Employee Satisfaction” has been awarded a Research and Professional Publication Award by the Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence. I just found out today.
I’m thrilled to be given this prize, named in honor of Dr. Shigeo Shingo, one of the founders of the Toyota Production System. It’s also an honor to included with such an illustrious list of previous Research Prize winners. I’m not sure yet who the other winners are, but I’ll post it here when it’s formally announced.
- Thanks to Matt May for the new review. Matt is a former Shingo Prize winner himself for The Elegant Solution: Toyota’s Formula for Mastering Innovation and his upcoming book In Pursuit of Elegance: Why the Best Ideas Have Something Missing is outstanding.
- Congrats also to my fellow Productivity Press Shingo Prize winner for 2009: Understanding A3 Thinking: A Critical Component of Toyota’s PDCA Management System
- Kevin Meyer has a post at Evolving Excellence that relates the Lean concepts to a recent commentary in the news about some big picture healthcare issues.
About LeanBlog.org: Mark Graban is a consultant, author, and speaker in the “lean healthcare” methodology. Mark is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as the new Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. Mark is also the VP of Innovation and Improvement Services for KaiNexus.