Author Archive: Mark Graban

Mark Graban's passion is creating a better, safer, more cost effective healthcare system for patients and better workplaces for all. Mark is a consultant, author, and speaker in the "Lean healthcare" methodology. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent project is an eBook titled Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus.

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GM’s CEO Roger Smith Thought Toyota Had Magic, But This Was the “Secret”

GM’s CEO Roger Smith Thought Toyota Had Magic, But This Was the “Secret”

Thanks to this post by Bruce Hamilton (aka “Toast Guy” or “Old Lean Dude”), I was reminded of the old General Motors effort, spearheaded by then-CEO Roger Smith (of “Roger & Me” fame), to fully automate car factories. Their concept was the “lights-out factory” that could run without people (other than a security guard). read […]

From 1994, But Relevant Today: “Why TQM Fails” & Parallels to Lean

From 1994, But Relevant Today: “Why TQM Fails” & Parallels to Lean

Some of you reading this might remember the Total Quality Management (TQM) movement of the late 1980s and 1990s. Many would look back and label it a “fad.” As I’ve said about Lean, it’s only a fad to those who are susceptible to fads. As I blogged about in 2006, management is often prone to…

Podcast #252 – Jordan Peck, from MIT to the VA to Maine Health

Podcast #252 – Jordan Peck, from MIT to the VA to Maine Health

My guest for episode #252 is Jordan Peck, a Senior Director in the Center for Performance Improvement at MaineHealth and Maine Medical Center. Jordan and I first met when he was a graduate student at MIT and was involved with the Lean Advancement Initiative (and I was working basically across the street at the Lean Enterprise Institute). At […]

I Want to Send Your Hospital or Health System CEO My Book “Lean Hospitals”

I Want to Send Your Hospital or Health System CEO My Book “Lean Hospitals”

As the 3rd edition of my book Lean Hospitals is starting to ship, I’m having some great conversations with people about the “State of Lean Healthcare” in 2016 (as much as one can generalize). Two of those conversations about the book and Lean healthcare will released as podcast episodes through the Gemba Academy Podcast and the […]

This Doctor is Upset About Something, But It Doesn’t Really Sound Like Lean

This Doctor is Upset About Something, But It Doesn’t Really Sound Like Lean

Now, there’s a story written by an emergency medicine physician, Dr. Brad Cotton, that appears in a publication called “Emergency Medicine News” — FIRST PERSON: ‘We Fired Our Hospital’…

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of May 30, 2016: Lean Hospitals, Why TQM (& Lean) Fails

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of May 30, 2016: Lean Hospitals, Why TQM (& Lean) Fails

Here’s the latest installment of “Key Tweets,” a weekly post that summarizes some of my tweets (or retweets) from the week, including pictures and other fun stuff. Follow [email protected] 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 […]

The Need for Standardized Work When Ordering Whiskey

The Need for Standardized Work When Ordering Whiskey

Ah, whiskey. I like whiskey. I’m not afraid to say that. I’ve blogged about whiskey (or whisky) once before: Why Kaizen is an Important Differentiator for Japanese Whisky. I also have a personal Kaizen story that I need to write about…

My LinkedIn Post on Bad Toast & Bad Management

My LinkedIn Post on Bad Toast & Bad Management

Previously on LinkedIn, I’ve written about Kaizen in a wine bar and the need for restaurants to not blame employees for problems. Yesterday, I published my 50th post for their Influencers program: This Restaurant Server Sadly Explains a Widespread Management Problem…

Information Deficits, Visual Indicators, Error Proofing, and Payment Terminals

Information Deficits, Visual Indicators, Error Proofing, and Payment Terminals

Gwendolyn Galsworth is a leading thinker and author on Lean and various aspects of “visuality.” One thing she talks about in the workplace is “information deficits.”

If Your Hospital Wants to “Implement #Lean,” You Need to Learn This Lesson from Toyota

If Your Hospital Wants to “Implement #Lean,” You Need to Learn This Lesson from Toyota

I’ve written before about the subject of hospitals “flexing” nurses and employees. I’ve criticized flexing (or the practice of sending employees home early because patient census is low) and I’ve pointed out that it’s not keeping with “Lean” principles to “save money” by sending people home early.

Memorial Day 2016 – A Day of Remembrance

Memorial Day 2016 – A Day of Remembrance

Monday is Memorial Day in the United States, a day for remembering those lost in war and in military service. It’s a day worth remembering those veterans who are alive and need to be served better by our VA health system and by society. Here are a few past posts on this topic… these problems, including […]

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of May 23, 2016: A&E Diagram, Lean Hospitals, Heart Walk

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of May 23, 2016: A&E Diagram, Lean Hospitals, Heart Walk

Here’s the latest installment of “Key Tweets,” a weekly post that summarizes some of my tweets (or retweets) from the week, including pictures and other fun stuff. Follow [email protected] 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 […]

What These Nurses Had to Say About “Lean Hospitals”; Free Gift with Pre-Order

What These Nurses Had to Say About “Lean Hospitals”; Free Gift with Pre-Order

I recently learned that a company called Anderson Continuing Education offers continuing education (CE) credits for nurses related to my book Lean Hospitals. See their page for my book. I am still trying to learn more, but they will sell the book or, if you already own the book, you can just buy a quiz (that can […]

Podcast #251 – Jim Huntzinger & Russ Scaffede on Lean Leadership

Podcast #251 – Jim Huntzinger & Russ Scaffede on Lean Leadership

Episode #251 is a bit different in that it’s audio shared by the good folks at Lean Frontiers. They recently hosted a webinar where Jim Huntzinger, founder and president of Lean Frontiers asked questions that answered by Russ Scaffede about Lean leadership. See their other webinars here. Russ has a lot of great wisdom and experience […]

#TBT: Toyota Helps Another Food Bank

#TBT: Toyota Helps Another Food Bank

Back in 2013, I blogged about Toyota helping the NYC Food Bank… not helping as in giving money, but helping as in sharing their expertise with the Toyota Production System. My post: Video: Toyota Helps a NYC Food Bank & Hurricane Sandy Victims There was another post from 2010 where Toyota helped a food bank serve […]

Mr. Burns From the Simpsons is, No Surprise, a Safety Hypocrite

Mr. Burns From the Simpsons is, No Surprise, a Safety Hypocrite

We can probably all use a mid-week chuckle… I used to be a die hard fan of The Simpsons. I’ve drifted away from watching the show over time, but a friend recommended that I was the season finale. The full episode is embedded below (and probably can only be seen in the U.S., sorry). My […]

Stuff I’m Reading May 2016: Bad Patient Experiences, Bad Workplaces & Burnout, Lean Sigma in the VA

Stuff I’m Reading May 2016: Bad Patient Experiences, Bad Workplaces & Burnout, Lean Sigma in the VA

As is often the case, I have too many open browser tabs full of articles that I was going to potentially blog about. This slows down my Mac (thanks, Chrome!). So, it’s time for me to clear out my backlog and a little mental overhead… to share some articles I’ve been reading with some quick notes, […]

Podcast #250 – Dr. Jack Billi & Mark Graban on #Lean in Healthcare

Podcast #250 – Dr. Jack Billi & Mark Graban on #Lean in Healthcare

Episode #250… a big round number. 250 podcasts in just under 10 years. Thanks again to Norman Bodek (my first guest and frequent guest) for the idea back in 2006. My goal with the podcasts has always been to showcase my guests. Occasionally, I take the stage or share the stage with audio of me. […]