Archive for June, 2010

Guest Post: Not Putting Out Fires

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 […]

Guest Post: You Don’t Have to be Lean to be Good

Guest Post: You Don’t Have to be Lean to be Good

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 […]

Guest Post: Green Is Lean

Guest Post: Green Is Lean

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 […]

Guest Post: What Makes a Successful Lean Environment?

Guest Post: What Makes a Successful Lean Environment?

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. Anyway… back to […]

Guest Post: Don’t Market Without Your Kanban

Guest Post: Don’t Market Without Your Kanban

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 interviewed me twice last year, about lean healthcare and about […]

Guest Post: The Secret to Lean is Saying No

Guest Post: The Secret to Lean is Saying No

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, […]

Guest Post: Do You Get What I’m Saying?

Guest Post: Do You Get What I’m Saying?

Mark’s note: Liz Guthridge has been a previous guest blogger and you can view a short introductory video with her here. Today’s post, like most of her work, focuses on the concept of “Lean Communications,” hope you enjoy: About LeanBlog.org: Mark Graban is a consultant, author, and speaker in the “lean healthcare” methodology. Mark is […]

Guest Post: Lean Lessons from the Non Profit World

Guest Post: Lean Lessons from the Non Profit World

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 […]

Guest Post: Being the Change

Guest Post: Being the Change

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 […]

Guest Post: Stop Improving and Start Eliminating

Guest Post: Stop Improving and Start Eliminating

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. […]

Guest Post: How to Have a Lean Party

Guest Post: How to Have a Lean Party

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. You can find him blogging regularly on a topic near and dear to my heart […]

Guest Post: Learning to See… and Feel

Guest Post: Learning to See… and Feel

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 […]

Guest Post: “Do” Only Gets You Half the Way There, or…”No Pie for You!”

Guest Post: “Do” Only Gets You Half the Way There, or…”No Pie for You!”

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. […]

Guest Post: Linking the Lean Enterprise

Guest Post: Linking the Lean Enterprise

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 […]

Guest Post: Operations-based Healthcare Design

Guest Post: Operations-based Healthcare Design

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. You can read her regular blogging on the […]

Guest Post: 7 Lean Ideas For Lawyers

Guest Post: 7 Lean Ideas For Lawyers

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: Using […]

Guest Post: The Role of Middle Management in Toyota or a Lean System

Guest Post: The Role of Middle Management in Toyota or a Lean System

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 […]

Gone Fishin’ – Guest Posts June 14 to 29

Gone Fishin’ – Guest Posts June 14 to 29

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 […]