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Archive for October, 2010

Weekend Fun: “Lean Gone Lego” Video

Weekend Fun: “Lean Gone Lego” Video

Here’s a fun stop motion video – I presume it’s from Australia or New Zealand?? I don’t know the backstory on the video yet. It shows a before and after scenario of a factory before and after Lean. About LeanBlog.org: Mark Graban is a consultant, author, and speaker in the “lean healthcare” methodology. Mark is […]

By October 31, 2010 3 Comments Read More →
Got Waste? Who Ya Gonna Call?

Got Waste? Who Ya Gonna Call?

Last week, I gave the keynote talk at a hospital’s twice-yearly lean conference for leaders and staff. As part of the seasonal decorations around the room, they had large ghost cutouts, each labeled with one of the “8 types of waste” (as shown at left). Somebody made the clever comment that the hospital is “haunted […]

By October 30, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Guest Post – Lean Myth: Lean is stressful for workers

Mark’s Note: Today’s post is by David Veech (pdf bio), the Executive Director of the Institute for Lean Systems. A fear or anxiety that people often have when they hear the term “lean” is that it will be a stressful environment, sort of like the famous Lucy & Ethel chocolate factory scene. David writes about […]

By October 29, 2010 11 Comments Read More →
Financial Times Features “Lean Startup” Ideas That “Work for All”?

Financial Times Features “Lean Startup” Ideas That “Work for All”?

It was nice to read a recent Financial Times article featuring the concept of “Lean Startups” (“Lean start-up thinking that works for all“) and Eric Ries, who I’ll be interviewing soon for my  LeanBlog podcast series. FT highlights “Lean” as a thought process, philosophy, and management system while also dispelling some of the myths that […]

By October 28, 2010 2 Comments Read More →
KCOE North American Operational Excellence Summit 2010, Healthcare Topics

KCOE North American Operational Excellence Summit 2010, Healthcare Topics

Last week, I was a keynote speaker at an event put on by the Kennametal Center for Operational Excellence, their annual North American Operational Excellence Summit, an event attended by lean manufacturing leaders and lean healthcare leaders from Pennsylvania and beyond. It was an honor to be there as a lean healthcare speaker and panelist, […]

By October 27, 2010 1 Comments Read More →
Sick Hospitals Visitors, Stay Away. Sick Doc? A-OK?

Sick Hospitals Visitors, Stay Away. Sick Doc? A-OK?

There was an interesting blog post at the New York Times: “The Doctor Is In (but Shouldn’t Be).” The piece talks about the healthcare cultural aspects that would drive or pressure a doctor to come to the hospital or the operating room, even if they’re sick. Seems like common sense to stay away when sick, […]

By October 26, 2010 6 Comments Read More →
Podcast #101 – Keith Syberg, Lean Consortia and Collaboration

Podcast #101 – Keith Syberg, Lean Consortia and Collaboration

Please upgrade your browser MP3 File (run time 22:44) Episode #101 of the Podcast is a discussion with Keith Syberg, former Chairman of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (see here for more about their 2010 annual AME conference in Baltimore, this November). Today, we talk about consortia (I word I really struggled with and got […]

By October 25, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

A Few Random Links – Oct 22 2010

It’s time for a Lean Blog feature where I throw a few links at you – articles I’ve saved and read that maybe don’t merit a full post, but are worth sharing and making a brief comment on. I often send links like this out via Twitter (follow me @LeanBlog). About LeanBlog.org: Mark Graban is […]

By October 22, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
What I Read and Commented On Yesterday in the Lean and Operations Blogosphere

What I Read and Commented On Yesterday in the Lean and Operations Blogosphere

I was traveling yesterday, so I read a number of blog posts that I kept open in my browser for my flight. I wrote an unusually high number of blog comments on other sites yesterday, so it ended up feeling like at least a few blog posts… so I’m tapped out. In the spirit of […]

By October 21, 2010 2 Comments Read More →
My Anti-Handwashing-Poster Poster

My Anti-Handwashing-Poster Poster

Hospital acquired infections continue to be a big problem, one that’s often unsolved except for instances like Dr. Rick Shannon’s work at West Penn-Allegheny and UPenn and the “checklists” approach used at a number of hospitals around the world. One approach to infection prevention has been a focus on medical professionals using proper hand hygiene […]

By October 20, 2010 18 Comments Read More →
Seth Godin Catches All Manufacturers, Unfairly, in his “Factory Thinking” Net

Seth Godin Catches All Manufacturers, Unfairly, in his “Factory Thinking” Net

I really like Seth Godin’s writing – his blog on marketing is one that I have followed regularly for years and his book Purple Cow is a fun read about creating a service or product that delights and wows your customers. He’s mentioned Lean before (and gotten it somewhat wrong at times) and now he’s […]

By October 19, 2010 16 Comments Read More →
Podcast #100 – Dave Crenshaw, “The Myth of Multitasking”

Podcast #100 – Dave Crenshaw, “The Myth of Multitasking”

Please upgrade your browser MP3 File (run time 20:34) Wow, 100 episodes of my podcast since 2006! For this episode, I’m thankful to have the author of one of my favorite books in the last two years – Dave Crenshaw, author of  The Myth of Multitasking: How “Doing It All” Gets Nothing Done, a book […]

By October 17, 2010 9 Comments Read More →
Two Upcoming Lean Healthcare Books from Seattle

Two Upcoming Lean Healthcare Books from Seattle

I’m really excited about these two books coming out later this year — both from innovative leading lean healthcare organizations in Seattle. What’s in the water in Seattle? Actually, it’s more a matter of the Boeing influence, with the spread of lean ideas from manufacturing to healthcare. A hospital is not like a factory. Yes, […]

By October 16, 2010 1 Comments Read More →
Guest Post: Why is Healthcare Not Adopting Lean Fast Enough?

Guest Post: Why is Healthcare Not Adopting Lean Fast Enough?

Mark’s note: Today’s guest post is from Tony Manos (bio at the end of the post): I was talking with a hospital CEO last week and we had a very wonderful conversation about all the great changes going on at her facilities. I was curious to get her opinion on a specific point. I asked […]

By October 15, 2010 23 Comments Read More →
The Article I *Wish* I Had Read about Starbucks in Yesterday’s WSJ

The Article I *Wish* I Had Read about Starbucks in Yesterday’s WSJ

For a more traditional approach to this topic, check out this alternative post, “Real Lean at Starbucks or Tayloristic Industrial Engineering?“. Below is the more creative approach to addressing yesterday’s WSJ article about Lean at Starbucks. Read the WSJ article first: “At Starbucks, Baristas Told No More Than Two Drinks” and the read below for […]

By October 14, 2010 9 Comments Read More →
Real Lean at Starbucks or Tayloristic Industrial Engineering?

Real Lean at Starbucks or Tayloristic Industrial Engineering?

Once again, the WSJ has written about Lean at Starbucks (see my last post “Controversy over New Standardized Work at Some Starbucks Stores“) in Wednesday’s paper. The newest article is called “At Starbucks, Baristas Told No More Than Two Drinks“, also available in a free version from Australia. Yesterday’s article leaves me to wonder, once […]

By October 14, 2010 22 Comments Read More →
From Workshop Discussion at LEI – What Lean Is and What Lean Is Not

From Workshop Discussion at LEI – What Lean Is and What Lean Is Not

The last two days, I’ve been facilitating my LEI workshop called “Key Concepts of Lean in Healthcare.” We had a great group and had a number of people who had a good amount of Lean healthcare experience. To help baseline the room, after introductions I had the group do table discussions and then report out […]

By October 13, 2010 7 Comments Read More →
A Breath of Lean Positivity – Paul Akers and FastCap

A Breath of Lean Positivity – Paul Akers and FastCap

I had an amazing conversation on Saturday with Paul Akers (pictured at left), the founder and president of FastCap, a company in Washington, a former Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate seat, and the host of “The American Innovator” radio program and podcast. His latest initiative is LeanAmerica.org. After last week, which had so much […]

By October 12, 2010 4 Comments Read More →