Author Archive: Mark Graban

Mark Graban founded LeanBlog.org in January 2005. He is the primary blogger and managing editor of the site.

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Are Hospitalists Ready to Get Serious About Reducing Waste and Improving Care?

Are Hospitalists Ready to Get Serious About Reducing Waste and Improving Care?

I was quoted in two articles that appeared in “Today’s Hospitalist”: “Discharging Mr. Wood: Time to get serious about waste” and “Standardized work: Improving quality by reducing practice variation.” Reducing Waste The author, David A. Frenz, MD, points out that it’s a “collective delusion” that the U.S. spending so much more on healthcare leads to safer […]

Some Highlights from Last Week’s “Kaizen Live” Event at Franciscan St. Francis Health

Some Highlights from Last Week’s “Kaizen Live” Event at Franciscan St. Francis Health

Last Wednesday and Thursday, I collaborated with Joe Swartz and a countless number of his colleagues to host 24 visitors from different health systems (and an Indiana state government organization) to learn about the “Kaizen” approach to continuous improvement first hand at Joe’s health system – Franciscan St. Francis Health in Indianapolis. I tend to “take […]

Throwback Thursday: Dr. Deming’s Last Interview & Jack Welch’s Thoughts on Him

Throwback Thursday: Dr. Deming’s Last Interview & Jack Welch’s Thoughts on Him

To the left is a young baby me. I don’t think I was thinking about Dr. Deming as a baby, but thankfully my parents had a lot of intrinsic motivation to take care of me! One of the many things I admire about W. Edwards Deming is how hard he worked into his 90s. He […]

Franciscan Kaizen Video #7: From Kaizen to Innovation in the NICU

Franciscan Kaizen Video #7: From Kaizen to Innovation in the NICU

Today and tomorrow are the days for our first on-site Kaizen experience at Franciscan St. Francis. I’ll be sharing things on Twitter (@MarkGraban) and I’ll encourage attendees to do the same. I’m going to be using the hashtag #KaizenLive. Today, I’ll share the seventh video in a series of clips that I shot last October at […]

We’re Ready for #KaizenLive on Wednesday & Thursday – Join Us Virtually

We’re Ready for #KaizenLive on Wednesday & Thursday – Join Us Virtually

Joe Swartz and I have been working for a while to put together our first onsite Kaizen workshop at his health system, Franciscan St. Francis Health – all day tomorrow and Thursday morning. We’re excited that the workshop / conference sold out and we have 25 people attending from different health systems and organizations. A few […]

The Scripps Health CEO is Right About No-Layoffs Policies

The Scripps Health CEO is Right About No-Layoffs Policies

In manufacturing, the term Lean has far too often been synonymous with layoffs. Doing so is more L.A.M.E. than Lean. People get anxious and throw around an acronym LEAN – Less Employees Are Needed. Ironically, Toyota (the inspiration or model for Lean) doesn’t rely on layoffs as a form of cost cutting the way GM and the […]

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of April 13, 2015

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of April 13, 2015

Three things are inevitable these days… death, taxes… and tweets. Here’s the latest installment of “Key Tweets,” a post that summarizes some of my tweets (or retweets) from the week. Follow me @MarkGraban and join the fun and the conversation. See the previous installments of Key Tweets here. If you’re reading this via email or RSS, you […]

Throwback Thursday: A Lean Healthcare Conference From 2007

Throwback Thursday: A Lean Healthcare Conference From 2007

Back in 2007, I had my first opportunity to travel to England, a country I really love visiting. I had the chance to attend the “First Global Lean Healthcare Summit” that was produced by Dan Jones and the Lean Enterprise Academy. They actually have posted many of the slide decks from the Summit there on […]

Why is the Hawthorne Effect Nothing to Brag About or Hope For?

Why is the Hawthorne Effect Nothing to Brag About or Hope For?

Forgive me for being a bit of an Industrial Engineering geek here in this post. After all, my bachelor’s degree is in Industrial Engineering, even though I sometimes get called “a healthcare guy” after focusing on healthcare for just about ten years now. One of the things we learned about in our IE organizational psychology […]

Why Would These Workplace Slogans Be Offensive to Employees?

Why Would These Workplace Slogans Be Offensive to Employees?

Reminder: I’m doing a webinar today with Dr. Greg Jacobson, CEO of KaiNexus, titled “How To Spread Continuous Improvement” and I hope you’ll join us. Register if you can attend live at 1 pm CDT or we’ll send you a link to the recording. Dr. W. Edwards Deming advised against relying on slogans and posters […]

Rhode Island’s Governor Announces Lean Initiative, Declares “Operations Matter”

Rhode Island’s Governor Announces Lean Initiative, Declares “Operations Matter”

You might know my friend Karl Wadensten, the president of VIBCO, a small manufacturer in Rhode Island. I’ve interviewed him for episode #84 of my podcast series (which was also episode #10 of my video podcast series). I’ve had a chance to visit his factory a few times (mostly in the 2009-2011 timeframe). Each time, […]

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of April 6 2015

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of April 6 2015

Here’s the latest installment of “Key Tweets,” a post that summarizes some of my tweets (or retweets) from the week. Follow me @MarkGraban. See the previous installments here. If you’re reading this via email or RSS, you might get a better experience by clicking through to view it on the website because it will display article link […]

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of March 30, 2015

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of March 30, 2015

Here’s the latest installment of “Key Tweets,” a post that summarizes some of my tweets (or retweets) from the week. Follow me @MarkGraban. See the previous installments here. If you’re reading this via email or RSS, you might get a better experience by clicking through to view it on the website because it will display article link […]

Guest Post: “Do No Harm” – Patient Safety is Defined by Standard of Care

Guest Post: “Do No Harm” – Patient Safety is Defined by Standard of Care

Mark’s Note: I met today’s guest blogger, Gus Lusack, when I was working with a hospital pathology department in the British NHS. Gus was the microbiology manager at the time and, while most of my engagement was in the core lab, we had many great conversations about Lean and healthcare improvement. He’s now working as […]

Throwback Thursday: 23 Tweets I Might Have Sent in 2002

Throwback Thursday: 23 Tweets I Might Have Sent in 2002

I have been going through some old papers recently and I found two sheets of paper with hand-written thoughts or “truisms” that I had scribbled down in early 2002. The word truism, it turns out, doesn’t mean “true” so much as it means “a statement that is obviously true and says nothing new or interesting.” Oops. […]

Podcast #221 – @JacobStoller, “The #Lean CEO”

Podcast #221 – @JacobStoller, “The #Lean CEO”

MP3 File (run time 38:22) My guest for episode #221 is Jacob Stoller, author of a book that was just released: The Lean CEO: Leading the Way to World-Class Excellence. It’s available now through Amazon or you can learn more through his book’s website. As Jacob explains, he’s a journalist, not a Lean practitioner, and he interviewed […]

What’s Interesting About This Toyota Executive Rising from the Factory Floor

What’s Interesting About This Toyota Executive Rising from the Factory Floor

I hope you might have access to this interesting article from the Wall St. Journal: “Toyota Veteran Rises to Corporate Office From Factory Floor.” I was able to access it while logged out from my WSJ account. Mitsuru Kawai, pictured, started working at Toyota in 1963, at age 15.  After 52 years of employment, Kawai […]

Upcoming Lean Healthcare Events – Webinars, Workshop, Conference, and Trip

Upcoming Lean Healthcare Events – Webinars, Workshop, Conference, and Trip

Hi – I’d let to let you know about or remind you about a few upcoming events that I’ll be a part of. I hope you can join me for one or more of them. One of them is a free and requires no travel (a webinar) and other events are being held in Indianapolis, Dallas, […]