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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New from KaiNexus: Blog Posts, Podcasts, and Upcoming Webinar (and Some Tunes)

New from KaiNexus: Blog Posts, Podcasts, and Upcoming Webinar (and Some Tunes)

I’m proud of the work that the team at KaiNexus has done in the four years that I’ve been involved with the company in some way. We’re gaining momentum and adding new customers in different industries, bringing us to about 30 (up from zero paying customers in early 2011). Our customers have implemented and documented […]

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Using Lean to Organize Hospital Closets… NPR Commenters Are Not Impressed

Using Lean to Organize Hospital Closets… NPR Commenters Are Not Impressed

I saw this story when it originally appeared online as part of a local public radio station in California. It was now picked up nationally by NPR and a number of you emailed me about this Lean healthcare piece about UCLA Medical Center: Hospitals Turn To Toyota To Make Care Safer And Swifter It’s a generally […]

By August 10, 2015 8 Comments Read More →
Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of August 3, 2015

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of August 3, 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 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 might get a better experience by clicking through to view […]

Let’s Play Match Game ’15 – Suggestion Box Edition

Let’s Play Match Game ’15 – Suggestion Box Edition

I guess this counts as a “Flashback Friday,” as I was reminded of an old game show that I loved as a kid: Match Game. I was too young to fully appreciate the show, I guess, but I remember it fondly and love watching old reruns (you can find episodes on YouTube). Last week, I […]

Throwback Thursday: How My Blog Rant Helped Keep an Office 5S Initiative from Being “L.A.M.E.”

Throwback Thursday: How My Blog Rant Helped Keep an Office 5S Initiative from Being “L.A.M.E.”

It’s time for another Throwback Thursday where I revisit a blog post from the past. To the left, that’s a baby Mark Graban… probably not actually thinking about Lean. I referenced this post in my recent Keith Olber-Lean parody video… the post goes all the way back to 2007, the early days of Lean Blog: […]

Mark Graban Interviewed in the Journal “Healthcare”

Mark Graban Interviewed in the Journal “Healthcare”

Thanks to Dr. Russell B. Kerbel and Khin-Kyemon Aung for interviewing me for the journal, “Healthcare: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation.” It’s an open access article, meaning you can read it online and/or download a PDF. They asked some very interesting questions, including: 1) Thinking about Healthcare Delivery Science, in the context of Ebola: What […]

Moving from “Visuals” to “Visual Management” and to Broader Lean Thinking

Moving from “Visuals” to “Visual Management” and to Broader Lean Thinking

I’ve been studying and working with Lean for 20 years now and I love Lean because I’m still learning and getting better at this craft. I love seeing other people get excited about Lean when it’s new to them, when they see the potential for improvement and the power of Lean. But, sometimes people get […]

Looking for a Manufacturing-Focused Lean Blogger to Join the Team

Looking for a Manufacturing-Focused Lean Blogger to Join the Team

I’ve been blogging since early 2005. After 10 years in manufacturing, I transitioned into healthcare in August 2005 (10 years ago this month). Naturally, my focus in my writing and podcasts has shifted more toward healthcare, although I try to write about topics that are relevant to manufacturing companies and other industries. Manufacturing is still […]

Why This Sushi Company Policy Letter Should be Copied by Hospitals – As Long as They All Actually Live by It

Why This Sushi Company Policy Letter Should be Copied by Hospitals – As Long as They All Actually Live by It

I love the Texas-based grocery store chain “Central Market.” It’s like a local version of a Whole Foods, basically. One of their features is a sushi area that’s run by a third-party company, Yummi Sushi. Posted prominently is a letter that outlines their stated approach to quality and safety. Click the photo for a larger […]

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of July 27, 2015

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of July 27, 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 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 might get a better experience by clicking through to view […]

A Lean Guy Listens to NPR: NICU Waste, Growing a Rural Hospital, Value in Cancer Drugs, and More

A Lean Guy Listens to NPR: NICU Waste, Growing a Rural Hospital, Value in Cancer Drugs, and More

I did a similar post in 2012, but here’s a post where I share some recent NPR stories that I’ve heard recently (through the NPR One app, which I absolutely love). This is similar to my “A Lean Guy Reads…” series, my “Cleaning Out the Backlog” series, and the “Stuff I’m Reading” posts. Not All […]

Key Points About Kaizen from Japanese Hospitals, Going Back in December

Key Points About Kaizen from Japanese Hospitals, Going Back in December

I’ve gone to Japan twice now with Kaizen Institute to study Lean with healthcare professionals from around the world. I first went in 2012, as a paid attendee, and I went back in 2014 as a partner and co-facilitator to teach and lead discussions during the trip. Both trips were fantastic experiences, and I’ve not only seen Japan […]

Podcast #226 – Steve Hoeft and Dr. Bob Pryor, “The Power of Ideas to Transform Healthcare”

Podcast #226 – Steve Hoeft and Dr. Bob Pryor, “The Power of Ideas to Transform Healthcare”

My guests for episode #226 are Steve Hoeft and Dr. Robert (Bob) Pryor from Baylor Scott & White Health in Texas. Bob serves as President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Medical Officer for the system and was formerly CEO of Scott & White Health before their merger with Baylor Health Care System. Steve is the Chief of Operations […]

LinkedIn: How These Credit Card Websites Illustrate Lean Mistake Proofing

LinkedIn: How These Credit Card Websites Illustrate Lean Mistake Proofing

Here is my latest article for the LinkedIn “Influencers” series, written for a general audience that might not be as familiar with Lean: How These Credit Card Websites Illustrate Lean Mistake Proofing I hope you enjoy the article, even as a Lean thinker. Please feel free to comment there or below here on the blog. […]

Model Lines and Model Cells to Start a Lean Transformation Strategy

Model Lines and Model Cells to Start a Lean Transformation Strategy

There are any number of strategies or tactics that hospitals or health systems use when getting started with Lean. These approaches and decisions include one or more of the following… should we… Train lots of employees and managers about Lean? Decide if we’re using Lean or “Lean Six Sigma”? Formally certify managers and employees? Do […]

Parody Video: Keith Olber-Lean and the “Worst Persons in the Lean World.”

Parody Video: Keith Olber-Lean and the “Worst Persons in the Lean World.”

In this post, I’ll be presenting a parody video of Keith Olbermann‘s “worst persons in the sports world” videos. I don’t know how much overlap there is in people who read my blog and people who are fans of Olbermann. I’ve always been a big fan of Olbermann the sports guy… Olbermann the political commentator […]

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of July 20, 2015

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of July 20, 2015

Back from vacation and tweeting again… 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 might get a better […]

Flashback Friday: Lean Won’t Work Here, We’re Different

Flashback Friday: Lean Won’t Work Here, We’re Different

Call it summer laziness, but I’m going to follow up my Throwback Thursday feature with a what I’ll call a “Flashback Friday” along with what’s a more embarrassing picture of myself from my awkward early years (I’m now in awkward middle age). The picture below… I call this my “Ron Burgundy phase.” Thank you, braces. […]