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Standardized Work

OK, so this isn’t strictly a standard work document, but this is an overview of the Lean Blog. I did update it on 7/19/05, though, in the spirit of continuous improvement. Updated 5/19/06. Updated again 11/15/06 and 1/12/08 and 5/12/09, 7/3/09, and 12/3/09. Updated 3/20/10. Update 3/19/11. Updated again 12/15/12.

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mark graban lean blog Standardized Work leanAbout 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.

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