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Preaching to the Choir: Lean Works Everywhere

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Some of you might have seen it, but I wrote a piece for the LinkedIn Influencers series about how the “Lean Manufacturing” principles are being used in various “knowledge work” settings – including healthcare, education, software, government, financial services, etc. Here it is:

“Lean” is Not Just for Manufacturing – It Applies to Knowledge Work of All Types, Too

When I write for LinkedIn, I try to write for a broader, general business audience. By comparison, I presume the audience here is already interested in Lean, at the least.

I was happily surprised that the comments were pretty universally positive about Lean being used in other settings and people shared some of their experiences.

I hope you’ll take a read… there might be some links there in the piece that are helpful even if you already see how Lean applies in non-factory settings.

As a reminder, Jim Benson and I are doing workshops in Phoenix and San Antonio this March on “Lean for Knowledge Work” including half days on “personal kanban” (Jim) and “kaizen” or continuous improvement (me).


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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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