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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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, […]

An Invention to Prevent Empty Gel or Foam Sanitizer Dispensers in a Hospital

An Invention to Prevent Empty Gel or Foam Sanitizer Dispensers in a Hospital

Every time I am in a hospital or clinic setting, one of the first things I do is get a pump or squirt of gel or foam from a wall-mounted dispenser to clean my hands. Or, I should say *try* to get hand sanitizer. For one, it’s important to practice proper hand hygiene when entering […]

Guest Post: The one thing Lean Six Sigma got wrong about Lean

Guest Post: The one thing Lean Six Sigma got wrong about Lean

Mark’s Note: Today’s post is a guest post by Erwin van der Koogh, who comes to us from Australia. The thoughts and opinions here are his, although I agree with enough of it to publish it here. I’ll be participating in the discussion via comments and I hope you’ll join in. By Erwin van der […]

Throwback Thursday: My Past April Fools’ Day Posts

Throwback Thursday: My Past April Fools’ Day Posts

I hope you enjoyed yesterday’s April Fools’ Day joke about turning this blog into an insipid BuzzFeed-type site. It’s become a bit of a tradition for me, having some fun on April 1st. You can browse them via this link or scroll down in this post. In case you’re a new reader, here’s my past posts […]

10 More Reasons to Come See Kaizen at Franciscan St. Francis Health This April

10 More Reasons to Come See Kaizen at Franciscan St. Francis Health This April

You Still Have Time to Register Joe Swartz and I have been planning the first-ever workshop (a conference of sorts) where people can come see what a Kaizen culture, or a culture of continuous improvement, looks like at his health system, Franciscan St. Francis Health in Indianapolis. It’s designed to be a small event. We […]

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 […]