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

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Podcast #220 – Dr. Bob Wachter, Lean & The Digital Doctor

Podcast #220 – Dr. Bob Wachter, Lean & The Digital Doctor

MP3 File (run time 46:32) My guest for episode #220 is somebody I’ve wanted to interview for a long time, Dr. Robert Wachter, one of the leading voices in the modern patient safety movement. He’s most recently author of a brand-new book The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer […]

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of March 23, 2015

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of March 23, 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 […]

We Can’t Ignore “Lean Horror Stories” or That Cheeseburger Ain’t Healthy Eatin’

We Can’t Ignore “Lean Horror Stories” or That Cheeseburger Ain’t Healthy Eatin’

When people ask me why I do what I do, my first answers are: improving patient safety creating better workplaces for people It’s as simple as that. Those are the important problems that I’m passionate about (and have been able to help fix, at least in some local situations). At a more global scale, too […]

Throwback Thursday: Jim Womack on the Term “Lean” & Eric Ries on “Lean Startup”

Throwback Thursday: Jim Womack on the Term “Lean” & Eric Ries on “Lean Startup”

Last Monday, I had the chance to attend a Lean Startup event in Austin where Eric Ries announced the launch of a Kickstarter project for a new book. 10 days ago isn’t much of a “throwback,” but bear with me. He was asked a question from the audience: “Do you wish you had used a […]

Lean Factories and Lean Hospitals Are Safer and They’re Better Listeners

Lean Factories and Lean Hospitals Are Safer and They’re Better Listeners

When we introduce the idea of Lean to healthcare organizations, it’s very common for somebody (often a senior physician) to say something like, “But we don’t want assembly line medicine.” The implication is that assembly lines and factories are cold, rigid, uncaring places that focus on ruthless efficiency and making the numbers at the expense […]

Podcast #219 – Tristan Kromer (@TriKro), #LeanStartup Coaching

Podcast #219 – Tristan Kromer (@TriKro), #LeanStartup Coaching

MP3 File (run time 41:30) Joining me for episode #219 is Tristan Kromer, a professional “Lean Startup” coach who works with startups around the world and volunteers for the non-profit Lean Startup Circle. In this episode, we discuss topics including how he got involved in the Lean Startup movement, the difference between a coach and […]

This Chart Shows My “Kaizen Kickoff” Boosted This Hospital’s Improvement Culture

This Chart Shows My “Kaizen Kickoff” Boosted This Hospital’s Improvement Culture

I recently wrote a blog post for KaiNexus titled “How Kaizen Software Helps Me Be A Better Coach.” I’ve done a lot of Kaizen coaching with organizations and one challenge is me keeping up with their progress as a remote coach. Without the KaiNexus software, people have to manually tally up the number of improvements […]

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of March 16, 2015

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of March 16, 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 […]

The Opposite of “Serious Emergency Care” [Cartoon]

The Opposite of “Serious Emergency Care” [Cartoon]

Hospital billboards and health system advertising can be a curious thing. One ad that I see driving between San Antonio and Austin is one that promises: “Serious E.R. Care” Or something like that. I don’t have a picture of it because taking photos while driving might lead to an visit to the emergency department (safety […]

#Throwback Thursday: Creating the New American Hospital

#Throwback Thursday: Creating the New American Hospital

Today’s Throwback Thursday is a look back at a 1993 book that I purchased in 2011 on somebody’s recommendation. It was probably one of those used books you can buy for a penny on Amazon… Creating the New American Hospital: A Time for Greatness. It’s indeed available for a penny today. I had flipped through the […]

Guest Post from a Hospital CEO: Lean’s a Journey, Not a Sprint

Guest Post from a Hospital CEO: Lean’s a Journey, Not a Sprint

Mark’s note: Today’s post is written by Gary Passama, the CEO of NorthBay Healthcare in northern California. He is an active blogger on the hospital’s blog and he has written about Lean a few times. As he mentions in this post, we met when I spoke at a seminar he attended, which led to me coming to […]

Please Help with Research Topics – Understanding Variation & Reducing Blame

Please Help with Research Topics – Understanding Variation & Reducing Blame

OK, so it’s not the kind of scientific research that involves lab coats and microscopes, but I’m doing some research that I’d like your help with. I’m looking to do some research and some interviews for writing projects related to two different topics. Understanding Variation I’ve been working with Mike Stoecklein from the ThedaCare Center […]

Podcast #218 – Karen Kiel-Rosser, Baldrige & Mary Greeley Medical Center

Podcast #218 – Karen Kiel-Rosser, Baldrige & Mary Greeley Medical Center

MP3 File (run time 33:49) My guest for episode #218 is Karen Kiel-Rosser, Vice President/Quality Improvement Officer at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Iowa. You can see her full bio below in this post. You might remember Karen from a recent post where she told a great story about putting patient safety first. We’re talking today […]

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of March 9, 2015

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of March 9, 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 the website because it will display article link previews, embedded photos, […]

#ThrowbackThursday: #Lean Manufacturing Training from 2002

#ThrowbackThursday: #Lean Manufacturing Training from 2002

It’s time for another “Throwback Thursday” post, which is, as always, accompanied by one of my thoughtful-looking baby pictures :-) Back in 2002, back when I worked for a software startup, Factory Logic, I was able to sit in on some Lean training that was created and presented by a large electronics manufacturer that will remain […]

It’s Patient Safety Awareness Week and I Was Surprised That This Video Made Me Cry

It’s Patient Safety Awareness Week and I Was Surprised That This Video Made Me Cry

This week is the annual Patient Safety Awareness Week, presented by the National Patient Safety Foundation, a non-profit that I like and support. As Lean thinkers, I hope we’d recognize that the amount of patient harm and death that’s caused by preventable medical errors is a huge problem around the world. When we ask “why […]

10 Ways that Lean Respects & Supports Healthcare Staff

10 Ways that Lean Respects & Supports Healthcare Staff

One of the two main pillars of the Toyota Way management system is “respect for people.” I’ve blogged about that often over the past ten years, including this post. “Respect for people” is a critically important (and necessary) component of a Lean transformation effort. Toyota has referred to “respect for people” and “continuous improvement” as the “equally important […]

Stuff I’m Reading March 2015: Womack, Sweatshops, Hospitals, and Surveys

Stuff I’m Reading March 2015: Womack, Sweatshops, Hospitals, and Surveys

As often happens, I have too many open browser tabs full of articles that I was going to potentially blog about. Too much WIP (a problem that Jim Benson will discuss in our upcoming Boston workshop). So, it’s time for me to clear out my backlog and to share some articles I’ve been reading with […]