Archive for June, 2010
Mark’s note: One more guest post, Andy Wagner following up his recent guest post, “Being the Change.”
Each morning at work the day starts with a production meeting. That is where I get my list of fires to put out for the day. When the staff gets up to leave the meeting, it reminds me of the opening sequence to the old “Hill Street Blues” television show.
We race out to the floor, to the gemba, eager to put in place the quick fixes, and too busy for real fixes.
It had to stop.
Mark’s note: Today’s post is from a regular guest blogger and a friend of mine, Dan Markovitz – his regular blog can be found at his ‘TimeBack Management site. I saw Dan again a few weeks back at the Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit.
I’ve just arrived back from vacation yesterday, rested after some adventures, and I’ll be ready to resume blogging real soon. I hope you’ve enjoyed all of the guest bloggers and thoughts and ideas over the last 15 days. Again, thanks to everyone who participated.
And now, Dan’s post:
Mark’s note: Today’s guest blogger is Tim McMahon, who normally blogs at his called “A Lean Journey: The Quest for True North.” Tim has been a good friend of my blog and has been a frequently contributor to our little “Be More Careful” photo blog.
I’ll be back from vacation soon and will resume new posts of my own July 1st or so. Now to Tim’s post:
Mark’s note: Today’s post is from a relatively new friend of my blog, introduced initially through our mutual friend, Jamie Flinchbaugh. Ankit Patel, today’s guest blogger, also shares with me former employment at Dell Computer Inc. I worked there so long ago, the name still had “Computer” in it. Ankit, more recently.
In today’s post, Ankit talks about Lean transformation efforts and communication styles. Here you go:
Today’s guest blogger is Joe Dager, of the site Business901. He’s a very active blogger and podcaster and he’s very active on Twitter (@Business901) as well. Joe also takes the step of turning the podcasts inteviews into free e-books, which you can also download.
Joe also focuses quit a bit on Lean principles applied to sales and marketing, so here is his guest post on that theme:
Mark’s note: Yes, I’m still on vacation. I’m very thankful for my cadre of guest bloggers, including today’s guest, Jeff Hajek. Jeff is an active blogger at his site “Gotta Go Lean” and he is the author of the book Whaddaya Mean I Gotta Be Lean? Building the bridge from job satisfaction to corporate profit, a very practical guide for front-line staff and supervisors.
I hope you enjoy today’s guest post from Jeff about things you should say “no” to… here’s his post:
Mark’s note: I consider myself very fortunate to have met Patrick Anderson during my journeys in the Lean world. Patrick is the executive director of Chugachmiut, a non-profit corporation to advance the overall economic, social and cultural development of the people of the Chugach Region of Alaska.
Patrick has previously been a Podcast guest, in Episodes #53 and #71 and he wrote a guest piece back in January about CEOs and kaizen. A long-time student of Dr. Deming’s philosophy, I am happy to have Patrick share more of the Chugachmiut story, particularly their healthcare work. Patrick is also, coincidentally, the second lawyer of my guest blogging group. Now here’s his post:
Mark’s note: Today, I’m happy to welcome back an old Lean Blog contributor, Andy Wagner. He takes a more personal turn here than most of my guest bloggers for the next two weeks, writing about the application of Lean thinking to his personal life in a very meaningful way. His post (the first in what will likely be a series here):
Perhaps Gandhi said it best, and most famously: “Be the change that you want to see in the world.” This blog is the first in a short series about my recent effort to develop Standard Work for myself as quality manager in a manufacturing organization. Although, I work in traditional manufacturing in a production machine shop environment, I’m in a management job that’s highly variable, mostly firefighting. The lessons I’ve learned should apply to a variety of folks,: most people in fact, who balance work, home, family, friends, long-term dreams and short-term crisis-management.
Mark’s note: The vacation guest posts continue with a piece by a long-time friend of my blog, Matt Wrye. He’s a frequent commenter and wrote a post last year called “Clear and Relevant Metrics.” He recently started his own blog called “Beyond Lean.“
Thanks to Matt and all of my guest bloggers during my vacation. I’ll be back July 1st or a little sooner. Thanks for reading and visiting the blog. You can also poke around the archives by using the search box in the right column or by clicking on “tags” at the bottom of the posts or the “tag cloud” at the bottom of each page.
Mark’s note: Today’s guest post is from a Michigander (I prefer that term over Michiganian, but I digress). Jon Wetzel, among other things, is very involved with the Michigan Lean Consortium and he lives very near where I grew up.
Today, Jon shares some reflections and tips for throwing a “lean party” – no, not a party about Lean… you’ll see, here is his post:
Mark’s note: Today’s guest blog post comes from a good friend of this blog and long-time reader and commenter Brian Buck. Brian blogs at his site named Improve With Me, where he recently blogged about seeing healthcare and waste from a patient perspective (his wife just had a baby) instead of from his usual perspective as an internal lean consultant at a children’s hospital.
I’ve met Brian at his hospital before and also recently saw some of his colleagues at our Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit. I’m happy to bring you his perspective… check out his blog and his twitter feed: @brianbuck. Now, his post:
Mark’s Note: Today’s guest post comes from Mark Hamel, a recent recipient of the Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award for his book Kaizen Event Fieldbook: Foundation, Framework, and Standard Work for Effective Events. Mark has been blogging at his site, Gemba Tales, and he’s been doing some work in the healthcare realm, as well.
Keep coming back the rest of this month for a set of diverse guest blogging voices… and now to Mark Hamel’s post:
Mark’s note: Today’s guest blogger is Jim Huntzinger, the organizer of many topical Lean Summits including Lean Accounting, Training Within Industry, and Lean and Green. We talked about Lean Accounting in Podcast #33.
In this post, Jim talks about a number of these different “movements” and how they really need to be integrated into a true Lean Enterprise or Lean Business view.
Mark’s note: Today’s guest post is by Alica Simmer, a Senior Healthcare Consultant with KHC. I’m happy to have her as a guest blogger as we’ve had the chance to compare notes on Lean healthcare and process-space design, she’s an excellent thinker and writer on these topics.
Mark’s note: Today’s vacation guest post is from D. Mark Jackson, a lawyer who has been studying and embracing Lean principles in a California law firm. He normally writes in his very interesting Lean Law blog and I’ve been following him for a little while over there.
Some recent posts I really liked include:
I hope you find today’s post interesting, even if you’re not a lawyer. How many lawyers do we have reading, I wonder? And now D. Mark Jackson’s post:
Mark’s note: Today is the first of a series of guest posts that will appear over the next two weeks from a variety of bloggers while I’m on vacation.
Tracey Richardson is a consultant and LEI faculty member who previously had 21 years of experience with Toyota, starting as a Group Leader in 1988.
In today’s blog post, Tracey talks about the important role of a middle manager as a servant leader and a person who develops other people. Her contact info is at the end of the post and her blog is http://thetoyotagal.blogspot.com. Thanks to Tracey for her contribution!
Dear Blog Readers:
I’ve occasionally taken a “blog holiday” for a week or so, but this year, my wife and I are taking a two-week vacation. I’m going to do my best to stay away from email, blogging, tweeting, etc. Many of my friends and co-workers are skeptical I can do this, to say the least.
Instead of letting these pages stay stagnant, I’ve asked some bloggers to write guest posts — some of them you know, some of them might be new to you. Many of them are relatively new voices in the blog world and I’m happy to give them some exposure here. There will be a guest post from one of these diverse and unique voices each day from June 14 to 29 and then I’ll be back.
The guest bloggers will be: