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Podcast #156 – Mike Stoecklein, Memories of Working with Deming

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mikeMy guest for episode is #156 is a friend, Mike Stoecklein, the Director of Network Operations for the Healthcare Value Network. I was able to work with Mike when I was an employee of the Lean Enterprise Institute, working closely with the HVN team and their members.

Our conversation is about Mike’s reflections on meeting Dr. W. Edwards Deming in the late 1980s, volunteering to assist with some of his famed 4-day seminars around the country. You can read Mike’s excellent blog post that was the basis for some of our discussion here. Why are we hear? To learn… and to have fun, as Dr. Deming said!

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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.

6 Comments on "Podcast #156 – Mike Stoecklein, Memories of Working with Deming"

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  1. Dan Stoecklein says:

    The point about asking “What’s gonna be on the test?” strikes home… I don’t get a thing out of the courses where that question fuels my study methods.

    Generally, those were the classes I didn’t care much about and just wanted to get my A and leave, but still.

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