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Free Webinar on Monday: The Real Lessons of Dr. Deming’s Red Bead Factory

Free Webinar on Monday: The Real Lessons of Dr. Deming’s Red Bead Factory

I’ve written a lot about Dr. Deming’s famous “Red Bead Experiment.” As a follow up to my workshop at February’s Society for Health Systems Conference (we played the simulation with a group there), Mike and I promised to do a follow up webinar. Mike was supposed to co-facilitate the Red Bead session with me, but […]

This Nurses Union is Wrong About Lean

This Nurses Union is Wrong About Lean

There’s a weeklong nursing strike going on at Allina Health in Minnesota: Seven-day nurses strike starts at five Twin Cities hospitals. The main issue is health insurance coverage for the nurses, it seems. One reason for higher health insurance costs is rising healthcare delivery costs… one reason hospital costs are higher than they’d otherwise need to be is […]

Podcast #254 – Lean in Veterinary Medicine

Podcast #254 – Lean in Veterinary Medicine

Episode #254 is interesting to me for a number of reasons. For one, I have a “guest co-host” joining me for the first time. He’s Chip Ponsford, DVM, a doctor of veterinary medicine and former practice owner who I’ve gotten to know here in Texas over the past few years. Chip has been a great […]

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Podcast #254 – Lean in Veterinary Medicine

Podcast #254 – Lean in Veterinary Medicine

Episode #254 is interesting to me for a number of reasons. For one, I have a “guest co-host” joining me for the first time. He’s Chip Ponsford, DVM, a doctor of veterinary medicine and former practice owner who I’ve gotten to know here in Texas over the past few years. Chip has been a great […]

Podcast #253 – Ash Maurya, “Scaling #Lean” and #LeanStartup

Podcast #253 – Ash Maurya, “Scaling #Lean” and #LeanStartup

Joining me for Episode #253 is Ash Maurya, author of the book Running Lean: Iterate from Plan A to a Plan That Works and his latest, being released this week, called Scaling Lean: Mastering the Key Metrics for Startup Growth. Ash is an entrepreneur and a big part of the “Lean Startup” community. Visit his website at www.LeanStack.com. read […]

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 […]

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“Healthcare Kaizen” Videos from Franciscan St. Francis

“Healthcare Kaizen” Videos from Franciscan St. Francis

If you ever hear people say something like “Lean doesn’t work in healthcare,” you could point people to these videos that are at the top of this post (and in these blog posts and this YouTube playlist). In the videos, you’ll see staff and leaders talk bout “Kaizen” or continuous improvement. It’s powerful to see […]

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Webinar Recording – Why Change Management and Lean Are So Important

Webinar Recording – Why Change Management and Lean Are So Important

Yesterday, I did a webinar about the “ExperienceChange” workshops that I’m facilitating and would love to bring to your organization. In the webinar, the first part talks about the need for change management practices and higher levels of employee engagement…

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Are You Making Excuses or Solving Problems?

Are You Making Excuses or Solving Problems?

Here is a 10-minute talk I gave at the 2014 Lean Transformation Summit. I’m introduced by Jim Womack and we do Q&A at the end. Looking at your own organization today, do you hold yourself back by making excuses or do you get creative and find new ways of doing things? Many organizations aspire to […]

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Meet a Lean Blog Sponsor: Creative Safety Supply; Their “Gemba” Infographic

Meet a Lean Blog Sponsor: Creative Safety Supply; Their “Gemba” Infographic

Thanks to the team at Creative Safety Supply for their sponsorship of LeanBlog.org. They’ve been running ads in the right sidebar since 2013. They’re a great fit for this blog because of their products that support safety and visual methods, two important aspects of Lean. Their current ads are for Lean Posters and for a 5S […]

What Happens to Leaders Who Don’t Listen?

What Happens to Leaders Who Don’t Listen?

There’s a lot of silly stuff that people post that appears on the LinkedIn main page when I log in, between narcissistic selfies and urban legends like the one about Bill Gates and his daughter that’s making the rounds. But, occasionally there’s a real gem… this time an image shared by Shellie McKinney, an H.R. […]

Free Excerpt from “Lean Hospitals” and “Practicing Lean” Now in Kindle Format

Free Excerpt from “Lean Hospitals” and “Practicing Lean” Now in Kindle Format

Thanks to those of you who pre-ordered the 3rd edition of my book Lean Hospitals. Click below to read a free preview from the book, the start of the chapter on leading and engaging employees (arguably, it’s all about leadership). Improving the Way We Manage [Preview of “Lean Hospitals” 3rd Ed.] And if you post a comment […]

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of June 13, 2016: Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit & More

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of June 13, 2016: Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit & More

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 […]

A Lean Guy Reads & Reviews “Henry Ford’s Lean Vision”

A Lean Guy Reads & Reviews “Henry Ford’s Lean Vision”

Mark’s Note: Thanks to Paul, as one of our resident “Lean manufacturing bloggers” for reading and reviewing a book that I bought years ago, but never got around to. By Paul Critchley: I’m a car guy. Above all other mechanical devices that we engineers get to be involved with, I am fascinated most with these […]