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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How this Kaizen Prevents New Moms From Feeling Like They’re Being “Stabbed in the Heart”

How this Kaizen Prevents New Moms From Feeling Like They’re Being “Stabbed in the Heart”

I wanted to share a recent Kaizen improvement story that I heard from a hospital. Great things can happen when we: Listen to our patients Take action to prevent similar problems Get departments working together to coordinate care Imagine you’re a new mother and you’re recovering in a room after your postpartum care. You’ve been […]

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

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of April 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 […]

Why is Today “#WorldNoResourcesDay” and Why Do Words Matter?

Why is Today “#WorldNoResourcesDay” and Why Do Words Matter?

I learned about this the other today via Twitter (hat tip to @agile_memes), but today is “World No Resources Day” (see hashtag #WorldNoResourcesDay). See the small website at http://worldnoresourcesday.com/ and their thoughts on “why should I join in?” I’m not sure who is behind this. It’s probably not some Communist May Day thing. Maybe it is. Even if it […]

What Can a 10 Month Old Child Teach Us About Focus, Willpower… and Kaizen?

What Can a 10 Month Old Child Teach Us About Focus, Willpower… and Kaizen?

Mark’s note: Today’s guest post is by Gert Linthout, from Belgium. Gert and I were part of the same Lean healthcare study trip to Japan back in 2012. He was the co-creator of this creative video on Kaizen that I featured in this blog post. See his previous guest post. By Gert Linthout Last Saturday afternoon, we enjoyed […]

Cleaning out the Backlog: 3P in the NHS, “Secret” HAI Weapons, MRI $$$, and Fines for Medical Harm

Cleaning out the Backlog: 3P in the NHS, “Secret” HAI Weapons, MRI $$$, and Fines for Medical Harm

As I sometimes do, I’m going to close out a bunch of browser tabs (which makes my Mac run faster) and I’ll do that by sharing some articles that caught my eye but maybe don’t merit full blog posts of their own. I’m cleaning out the LeanBlog backlog and trying to reduce inventory… so here […]

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 […]

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