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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 →

Labor Day Reflections for a Safer Week (and Years) Ahead

I didn’t have a post yesterday because it was the Labor Day holiday here in the U.S. While I’m not a “worker,” in the sense of an hourly employee or union worker anymore, I still enjoyed the day off with family. Managers and consultants and white-collar professionals are certainly hard working… but the spirit of […]

By September 4, 2012 5 Comments Read More →
Weekend Fun: My Ironic Home Office

Weekend Fun: My Ironic Home Office

It’s been a month now since my wife and I moved to San Antonio. I’ve been on the road most or all of the last four weeks… so my home office is still very unsettled. Today, I’m working on that while listening (plug alert) to my college buddy John Sandfort’s new jazz CD. I am […]

More Charity Auctions – Autographed Books (Graban & Imai), 5S Starter Set

You might already know about the charity auctions that are running this week, ending Sunday May 6, to benefit Friends of the Orphans. I’m happy to announce four more auctions that also end on Sunday night: 2 Books: Autographed Lean Hospitals (2nd Ed) & Healthcare Kaizen! 2 Books, Autographed: Take Charge Patient & Critical Conditions […]

A Video Showing Office 5S Gone Wrong

A Video Showing Office 5S Gone Wrong

Update 5/28/14 – My “Office 5S Gone Wrong” video has gotten more than 113,000 views on YouTube since I created it back in 2010… Some of you who are new to the blog might not have seen it yet: You might remember my blog post from 2007 titled “Bad Lean/5S Hits the UK Media.” It featured […]

Guest Post: Tool Crib Management & Its Role in Lean Manufacturing

Guest Post: Tool Crib Management & Its Role in Lean Manufacturing

Mark’s Note: Today’s post is a guest post that’s written for manufacturing settings. But, I’d challenge healthcare readers to think about how the impact of wasted motion and time for nurses and other healthcare professionals running around to get their own tools, supplies, and equipment. Think of a “tool crib” as a clean utility room, […]

Mistake Proofing Designed Into a Lock

Mistake Proofing Designed Into a Lock

In prep for our move to San Antonio, my wife and I have been applying “5S” principles to our lives and possessions. We have gone through an intense “sort” process – deciding what to move and what to donate or trash. Even with getting rid of many items that really just aren’t needed (binders full […]

Two Lean Jobs in the New York HHC

Two Lean Jobs in the New York HHC

The country’s largest public health system, the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation has two Lean healthcare jobs available and they’ve asked me to post them here. Carlos Scholz writes: We have 2 open positions for Lean Facilitators/Trainers at New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. If you know about anyone, please forward these […]

The Lean Blog Holiday Gift Guide

The Lean Blog Holiday Gift Guide

This time of year, every publication under the sun (print and web) has a “Holiday Gift Guide” to share. In that spirit, I am happy to present the first Lean Blog Holiday Gift Guide. This guide is a mix of products I legitimately use and enjoy and some are somewhat tongue-in-cheek items that seem “Lean” […]

By December 6, 2011 13 Comments Read More →
Lean Healthcare “Success” Without Benefits? What?

Lean Healthcare “Success” Without Benefits? What?

I saw the following in a submission for a session at the 2012 Society for Health Systems conference, where I’m the Lean track chair. One submission said the following: “Lean efforts often succeed but do not always provide meaningful benefits” What? If there are no meaningful benefits, how is that a success? About LeanBlog.org: Mark […]

By September 1, 2011 15 Comments Read More →

Waste & Respect for People in Hospice or a Dell Factory

I’ve recently had an email exchange with a retiree who is volunteering in a non-profit hospice care facility. I’m sharing this thoughts with his permission. It sounds like there’s often nothing for the volunteers to do and the leaders aren’t very keen in listening to ideas that the correspondent or their fellow volunteers have for […]

By August 25, 2011 2 Comments Read More →
Links to Dilbert Cartoons on #Lean and/or #SixSigma

Links to Dilbert Cartoons on #Lean and/or #SixSigma

I’ve often blogged about Dilbert and “dilbert lean” is a fairly common search term, so I thought I’d do my best to compile all of the Lean or Six Sigma related strips that I could find into a single post, providing links to them:. If I’m missing anything, let me know. You can reach this […]

Guest Post: Misuse of Rules and Rewards

Guest Post: Misuse of Rules and Rewards

As Mark Graban stated in a recent post, “People fear or assume that a factory is…mindless, monotonous, repetitive…”  These sentiments may come from observation of one aspect of lean and manufacturing: rules and related rewards. There is the common (mis-)perception that all manufacturing work is like an assembly-line; the work is all standardized and people […]