Welcome to Mark Graban’s Lean Blog, a site that was started in January 2005 to host news, commentary, and discussion about “Lean” – the methodology and management system based on the Toyota Production System. The site has evolved in parallel with Mark’s career – focusing at first on Lean Management in the manufacturing world, but focusing more on healthcare over time after Mark moved into that industry in late 2005. Lean Blog covers a number of themes about lean that are universal, regardless of industry. This blog led to Mark’s Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals: Improving Quality, Patient Safety, and Employee Engagement (now in a 2nd edition) and Healthcare Kaizen: Engaging Front-Line Staff in Sustainable Continuous Improvements.
This “wordle” contains words that Lean Blog readers used to describe the site in a recent survey. The larger the word, the more frequent its use:
So What is Lean?
I’m part of the ASQ Influential Voices program. While I receive a small honorarium from ASQ for my commitment, the thoughts and opinions expressed on my blog are my own.
I may blog about former employers, which include General Motors, Dell Inc., Johnson & Johnson (ValuMetrix Services), and the Lean Enterprise Institute.
I currently have financial relationships with other individuals or organizations that might be mentioned on the blog:
- KaiNexus (as Chief Improvement Officer and a shareholder)
- Lean Enterprise Institute (as a faculty member)
- ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value (as a faculty member)
- BrightSight Group (as a speaker)
- Productivity Press / CRC Press (as an author and recipient of review copies of books)
- McGraw-Hill Professional (as a recipient of review copies of books)
Past or current advertisers include:
- Bob Emiliani
- American LED-gible Inc.
- Creative Safety Supply
- The 5S Store
- Lean Learning Center
- Gemba Academy
- Lean Posters, Inc.
Links to Amazon.com are affiliate links, for which I am made a commission on any purchases.
These disclosures are in the interest of meeting FTC blog disclosure guidelines.
About LeanBlog.org: Mark Graban is a consultant, author, and speaker in the “lean healthcare” methodology. Mark is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as the new Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. Mark is also the VP of Innovation and Improvement Services for KaiNexus.