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Podcast #137 – Jerry Bussell, Jacksonville Lean Consortium

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Episode #137 is a chat with Jerry Bussell, founder of the Jacksonville Lean Consortium. I’ve met and talked with Jerry many times through LEI, so I’m thrilled to finally get him on the podcast. Jerry is a retired Medtronic executive (leading Lean efforts in a unit that won the Shingo Prize), he’s now doing work with healthcare quality improvement, he’s writing a new book, and he’s speaking at the Lean Transformation Summit next month in Jacksonville.

Jerry is also friends with Sami Bahri, DDS – and he’s also a patient of the “World’s First Lean Dentist” (click here for my podcasts with Sami, episodes 29, 69, and 82).

For a link to this episode, refer people to  www.leanblog.org/137.

For earlier episodes, visit the  main Podcast page, which includes information on how to subscribe via RSS or via Apple iTunes.

You can use the player (use the VCR-type controls) at the top of the post to listen to a streaming version of the podcast (or click here for the streaming audio and RSS subscription). The streaming link is faster for one-time listening (hardly any delay to start listening). Or you can use the download link to put it on your iPod or other MP3 player.

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If you have feedback on the podcast, or any questions for me or my guests, you can email me at [email protected] or you can call and leave a voicemail by calling the “Lean Line” at (817) 776-LEAN (817-776-5326) or contact me via Skype id “mgraban”. Please give your location and your first name. Any comments (email or voicemail) might be used in follow ups to the podcast.

About Jerry Bussell (from the Lean Transformation Summit site):

Sporting a license plate reading “Leanjax,” Jerry Bussell is the past  chairman and founder of the Jacksonville Lean Consortium, a group of  companies and government agencies improving business performance by  sharing knowledge about implementing lean principles. Recently retired  as vice president, Global Operations, at Medtronic Surgical  Technologies, Bussell is president of Bussell Lean Associates, a lean  management advisory service for CEOs and their executive teams. He is  also executive advisor to Underwriters Laboratories’ Center of  Continuous Improvement and Innovation.

Bussell received the prestigious Medtronic Wallin Leadership award for  transforming Medtronic ENT’s traditional manufacturing operation into  a nationally recognized model of lean manufacturing. Under his  leadership, Medtronic ENT/NT received an IndustryWeek Best Plants  award for North America in 2002, a Shingo Prize in 2003, and a Shingo  Silver Medallion recipient in 2009. In 2005 Bussell was inducted into  the Shingo Academy for his contributions to operational excellence. He  is a past chairman of the Board of Governors for the Shingo Prize and  is a member of the Champions Club with the Association for Manufacturing Excellence. Bussell holds a bachelor’s degree from St.  John Fisher College and a master’s degree from Baylor University. He  is currently writing a book on lean leadership lessons from Abraham  Lincoln that will be available in 2012.


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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 eBook 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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