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It’s Awful When the Person Teaching #Lean Doesn’t Get the Bad 5S Joke

It’s Awful When the Person Teaching #Lean Doesn’t Get the Bad 5S Joke

Long-time readers might remember this post of mine from February 2007: Bad Lean/5S Hits the UK Media Please check out that post. It’s a classic example of what I shortly thereafter started (in March 2007) calling “L.A.M.E.” or Lean As Misguidedly Explained. In that post, I shared a picture from the UK news article that typifies […]

A Sad Story About “Lean” That Wasn’t Really Lean Management At All

A Sad Story About “Lean” That Wasn’t Really Lean Management At All

In March, I wrote a post titled “Is it Lean’s Fault or the Old Management System’s?” about how people’s complains about Lean are actually often complaints about old management mindsets. Unfortunately, what’s described as “Lean” in an organization is sometimes not a transformation in management thinking… in those cases, it’s really just a few new tools […]

Visiting Two Japanese Hospitals with an Eye for Lean; I Can’t Wait to Go Back

Visiting Two Japanese Hospitals with an Eye for Lean; I Can’t Wait to Go Back

In November 2012, I had the opportunity to visit Japan for the first time as part of a Lean healthcare study mission. It was fascinating to compare notes with colleagues from the U.S., Belgium, and Holland as we visited factories, including a Toyota plant, and two hospitals that are using the methodology – at least […]

5S Gone Wild at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit

5S Gone Wild at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit

I had a chance, on Tuesday, to attend what’s often informally called the “Detroit Auto Show” (or the NAIAS, formally). As a kid, I went to the show every single year and always loved it, especially the concept cars (like this year’s Cadillac Elmiraj, at left. Click for a bigger view… the boat, I mean […]

By January 24, 2014 3 Comments Read More →
A Little Knowledge is a Dangerous Thing – 5S & #Lean

A Little Knowledge is a Dangerous Thing – 5S & #Lean

I read this valid complaint from somebody on a LinkedIn group…. it led to a “facepalm” that I managed to catch on camera: I interviewed with a medium sized company for a quality Manager position a while back. They were convinced that 5S is lean. They referred to 5S as the “five pillars” of lean. A […]

By January 17, 2014 22 Comments Read More →
10 (Actually, 20) of the Most Read LeanBlog.org Posts in 2013

10 (Actually, 20) of the Most Read LeanBlog.org Posts in 2013

Thanks everybody for reading my blog in 2013! I appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to read and participate in the discussion and I h0pe you’ll continue visiting the site in 2014… in what will be my 10th year of blogging (I started this site in 2005). Here are the ten most-read […]

By December 27, 2013 5 Comments Read More →
The Term “Lean Production” is 25 Years Old – Some Thoughts on the Original John Krafcik Article

The Term “Lean Production” is 25 Years Old – Some Thoughts on the Original John Krafcik Article

People often ask me where the term “Lean” comes from. It’s not an acronym, so it shouldn’t be spelled “LEAN” (but it often is). Lean is not a synonym for “lacking or deficient” in resources, as some dictionaries will tell you or as it gets used in news headlines about “surviving the lean economy.” The […]

By September 23, 2013 9 Comments Read More →
Guest Post: The Ultimate Lean Thinker’s Phone – the iPhone “5S”

Guest Post: The Ultimate Lean Thinker’s Phone – the iPhone “5S”

Hi, this is Dr. Les Muda, the world’s first (and only) Lean healthcare comedian, taking over Mark’s blog today for a guest post about a new product I am very excited about – the Apple iPhone 5S. First off, I haven’t been doing too much stand up comedy recently, as you might remember from my […]

By September 18, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Video: Influencing Hand Hygiene Behaviors

Video: Influencing Hand Hygiene Behaviors

A friend shared this fun video about how to influence hand washing behavior amongst a group of 12 kids. As the introduction points out, improper hand hygiene can be deadly in hospital settings. In the scenario, the kids are given a task to complete, with the promise of cupcakes at the end as a reward: […]

By August 15, 2013 5 Comments Read More →
Service and Quality Start with Who?

Service and Quality Start with Who?

A Lean thinking friend’s wife had emergency surgery (she is going to be fine) and my friend sent some pictures of Lean-related things he saw at the hospital. The good included: Sheets posted on the wall to get staff input on some proposed process changes In-room patient info whiteboards that were actually being used and […]

Some Recent Interviews on Lean Healthcare & Kaizen

Some Recent Interviews on Lean Healthcare & Kaizen

I was fortunate to have three interviews published in the past week, where I was talking about Lean Healthcare and Kaizen, so I thought I’d share them here. Cutting Waste is More Important Than Ever: An Interview with Lean Healthcare Expert Mark Graban Mary Pat  Whaley asked me 10 questions about Lean Healthcare and published […]

Waste & #Lean in Healthcare: 5S-ing the Deck Chairs on the Titanic?

Waste & #Lean in Healthcare: 5S-ing the Deck Chairs on the Titanic?

Today, I presented a webinar for Gemba Academy on waste in healthcare (a recording is available here). I won’t be making slides available, but I have this notes document to share with citations, etc. Some of my key points included: Of the “8 types of waste,” they are not created equally Defects leading to patient […]

The 9th Type of #Lean Waste – Tape?

The 9th Type of #Lean Waste – Tape?

I was preparing for the Gemba Academy webinar that I’m doing next Tuesday (you can still sign up) on  Stories about the Eight Types of Waste in Healthcare. I found this fun picture from about 2008 that I decided to incorporate into my talk. I was leading some 5S work in an X-ray area, where […]

Toyota, Respect for People (or “Humanity”) and Lean

Toyota, Respect for People (or “Humanity”) and Lean

A principle that has been often discussed (and hopefully practiced) in the Lean community over the past few years is usually described as “respect for people.” A certain British rabble rouser recently said at a Lean conference “all this respect for people stuff is horse sh*t,” and that it is a “conventional Western management interpretation.” […]

By February 26, 2013 33 Comments Read More →
Japan Trip: Going to Gemba and Seeing 5S at a Japanese Hospital

Japan Trip: Going to Gemba and Seeing 5S at a Japanese Hospital

Original Post From 2012: I’ve been going back through my notes and pictures from my first trip to Japan in November… my goal is blog about something or share a picture on a weekly basis. Read more about my guides, Kaizen Institute, and their next tour in June (I probably won’t be able to attend […]

By February 25, 2013 8 Comments Read More →
Update on 5S Bin Prices – Healthcare vs. Industry Price Disparity

Update on 5S Bin Prices – Healthcare vs. Industry Price Disparity

Back in 2007, I published a post about the disparity in pricing for blue plastic bins that are often used for Lean “5S” practices or just for general shelf storage. In 2007, the SAME plastic bin was $4.55 in the Grainger industrial catalog, but it was a whopping $13 in a hospital lab equipment catalog. […]

By January 13, 2013 5 Comments Read More →
Alabama Coach Nick Saban – National Champion & Lean Thinker?

Alabama Coach Nick Saban – National Champion & Lean Thinker?

I guess that, considering last year’s blog post, this Lean thinker couldn’t really root for Notre Dame and Coach Brian Kelly Monday night in the BCS National Championship Game. Just before kickoff, ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi asked Saban, “Coach, you love to talk about process… but this game is all about results. What do you need […]

By January 9, 2013 6 Comments Read More →
Just Call it “5S Six Sigma” Instead of “Lean Sigma,” Please

Just Call it “5S Six Sigma” Instead of “Lean Sigma,” Please

My whole career, I have worked with the Lean methodology (aka the Toyota Production System). I’ve just really never done much with Six Sigma. I’ve read about Six Sigma and I took a Green Belt course when I worked at Dell in the late 90s. I’ve studied and used statistical methods (especially what I learned […]

By October 22, 2012 23 Comments Read More →