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Sad Bloomberg BusinessWeek Article on Auto Supplier Safety, Thoughts for Healthcare

Sad Bloomberg BusinessWeek Article on Auto Supplier Safety, Thoughts for Healthcare

A few of you sent me this article... and you were correct to think I would be interested: "Inside Alabama's Auto Jobs Boom: Cheap Wages, Little Training, Crushed Limbs." What are the parallels and lessons for hospitals?

10 Years of “L.A.M.E.”

10 Years of “L.A.M.E.”

It's been 10 years since I first wrote about my awkward acronym L.A.M.E. Is it helpful to distinguish between true Lean principles and "Lean As Misguidedly Explained?" Will we see more L.A.M.E. talk and behaviors in the future?

New White Paper: “#Lean for Doctors”

New White Paper: “#Lean for Doctors”

I'm happy to share a link to a white paper that I co-authored for Catalysis (formerly the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value). The paper is titled: "Lean for Doctors." It's co-authored with Dr. John Toussaint and Dr. Jack Billi.

#TBT: Don’t Blame the Kicker, Don’t Blame the Oscar Presenter, and Don’t Blame the Healthcare Professional

#TBT: Don’t Blame the Kicker, Don’t Blame the Oscar Presenter, and Don’t Blame the Healthcare Professional

Today's Post in <50 words: Lean thinkers don't blame individuals who are in a bad system, whether that's a presenter at Oscars, a kicker in a football game, or a healthcare professional in a hospital.

Personal Kaizen: How I Reduced Effort & Time in Scheduling Phone Calls

Personal Kaizen: How I Reduced Effort & Time in Scheduling Phone Calls

In today's post, I write about how Kaizen starts with you. I share some examples of "personal Kaizen," including the way I've streamlined my call scheduling process, for my benefit and for others.

Learning & Emulating Without Copying Blindly from Duke Hoops, Toyota, or ThedaCare

Learning & Emulating Without Copying Blindly from Duke Hoops, Toyota, or ThedaCare

While I'm writing here about Northwestern men's basketball learning from Duke (without copying everything), the same ideas apply if you're Ford learning from Toyota or a hospital learning from ThedaCare.

I Was Asked to Share “Pet Peeves” About Lean (and Lean Sigma)

I Was Asked to Share “Pet Peeves” About Lean (and Lean Sigma)

Thanks to GoLeanSixSigma.com for asking me some questions for a discussion that they've posted on their website. On the pet peeves issue, I tried to address, in particular, some of the "Lean Sigma" stuff that I have blogged about here on this site...

By February 24, 2017 4 Comments Read More →
If a Surgeon or Hospital Puts Quantity over Quality, Why Call it a “Factory?”

If a Surgeon or Hospital Puts Quantity over Quality, Why Call it a “Factory?”

I get worked up about labeling a troubled surgical department as "a factory," but there are far more important issues of patient safety and hospital culture to be discussed related to a Seattle Times investigative piece.

By February 23, 2017 8 Comments Read More →
The Advice about #Lean That Your Hospital CEO Should Be Getting

The Advice about #Lean That Your Hospital CEO Should Be Getting

Art Byrne's latest book, The Lean Turnaround Action Guide, has a lot of great tips that he's trying to share, CEO to CEO. How many CEOs are reading this book and heeding his advice, in manufacturing or in healthcare?

By February 21, 2017 3 Comments Read More →
Registration is Open! “Kaizen Live!” at Franciscan St. Francis Health, May 24-25

Registration is Open! “Kaizen Live!” at Franciscan St. Francis Health, May 24-25

Registration is now open for our “Kaizen Live!” event, where you can visit Franciscan St. Francis Health in Indianapolis to see what a “culture of continuous improvement” is like in a way that will help you in creating the same for your organization.

By February 14, 2017 1 Comments Read More →
Lessons Ford & the UAW Learned in Japan in 1981 Still Apply (Even in Healthcare)

Lessons Ford & the UAW Learned in Japan in 1981 Still Apply (Even in Healthcare)

I continue sharing documents from the Don Ephlin library archive. What did Ford and the UAW learn when they visited Japan in 1981? Many of the things that made Japanese industry successful are the same things that make organizations successful with Lean today, including in healthcare.

By February 13, 2017 4 Comments Read More →
#TBT: My Reflections on Dr. Deming’s Notes from a 1987 Hospital Stay

#TBT: My Reflections on Dr. Deming’s Notes from a 1987 Hospital Stay

Today's post points to my guest blog post for the W. Edwards Deming Institute: Reflections on Dr. Deming's Hospital Notes - What Has Changed Since 1990? Why do the same problems that Dr. Deming experienced as a patient 30 years ago still happen so often today?

By February 2, 2017 3 Comments Read More →
The Heroism of Incremental Care & Incremental Improvement in Medicine & Organizations

The Heroism of Incremental Care & Incremental Improvement in Medicine & Organizations

Are there parallels between medicine and organizations when we look at the tension between heroism and the sometimes boring work of preventing problems and improving things? I comment on an article by Dr. Atul Gawande…

By January 31, 2017 1 Comments Read More →
Lean as Redesign and Continuous Improvement, for Organizations or a Blog

Lean as Redesign and Continuous Improvement, for Organizations or a Blog

Lean sometimes gets, I think, an unfair rap that it’s only a method for incremental improvement. See this article, for example: “Limits of Lean — Transformative Care Redesign Must Go Beyond Typical Lean-Based Improvements.”

By January 30, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Improving Safety & Quality Matters, but a $54 Million Cost Savings Makes for a Better Headline?

Improving Safety & Quality Matters, but a $54 Million Cost Savings Makes for a Better Headline?

I saw this article a few days ago in one of the larger healthcare industry trade publications: How One Woman Saved IU Health $54 Million The headline is misleading, as addressed in the opening sentence / sub-headline of the story (via HealthLeaders): “With a little help from about 10,000 of her friends and colleagues, the head

By January 26, 2017 2 Comments Read More →
You Don’t Build a Culture of Continuous Improvement by Waiting Until Your Culture is Totally Ready for Continuous Improvement

You Don’t Build a Culture of Continuous Improvement by Waiting Until Your Culture is Totally Ready for Continuous Improvement

When I talk to organizations about Kaizen, or continuous improvement, there's far too much self-defeating talk, where people say things like: "We're not going to try this Kaizen process because our culture isn't ready yet."

By January 19, 2017 1 Comments Read More →
2nd Post for the Deming Institute Blog: The Failed “Livonia Philosophy”

2nd Post for the Deming Institute Blog: The Failed “Livonia Philosophy”

Yesterday, the W. Edwards Deming Institute published the second in my series of three posts for them: "The Failure of "The Livonia Philosophy" at my GM Plant." Read more...

By January 17, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Lean is Not Just Process Improvement

Lean is Not Just Process Improvement

In my travels, I often meet people or visit organizations that say something like: "We're doing Lean... we just call it Process Improvement." They have a "Process Improvement" (PI) department...

By January 16, 2017 7 Comments Read More →