Tag: Healthcare

Some of My Recent KaiNexus Blog Posts: Toyota vs. Google, Kaizen, & Visual Management

Some of My Recent KaiNexus Blog Posts: Toyota vs. Google, Kaizen, & Visual Management

In addition to my blogging here, I write occasionally for our blog over at KaiNexus.com, where we have multiple contributors. I also do monthly webinars and the next one is on February 16, where Dr. Greg Jacobson and will talk about gaining “buy in” for improvement. It’s free… I hope you’ll join us (to watch live or […]

By February 8, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Toyota’s Japan Shutdown & Lessons for Hospitals (and Others)

Toyota’s Japan Shutdown & Lessons for Hospitals (and Others)

I wrote a new piece for LinkedIn that I hope would be of interest to you even if you’re in healthcare. Why? It’s a story about what an organization does when you don’t have enough (or any) direct work for your front-line staff to do. Toyota would continue paying employees and would put them to…

By February 5, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Is This The One Question That Determines If You’re Truly a Lean-Thinking Hospital?

Is This The One Question That Determines If You’re Truly a Lean-Thinking Hospital?

I get asked a lot, “How do you know if a hospital is truly ‘Lean?’” Nobody is ever perfect or “fully Lean,” but you could ask, “How do you know if somebody is on a legitimate Lean transformation journey?” If you could only ask one question…

By February 3, 2016 5 Comments Read More →
How Failed Lean Implementations Are Like a Bad Home Theater System

How Failed Lean Implementations Are Like a Bad Home Theater System

Alternate title: “Lean is an Integrated System. Of Course Just Implementing Pieces Leads to Failure.” Throughout the 10 years that I’ve been involved with Lean healthcare efforts, I’ve heard multiple stories of organizations that ended their formal Lean initiatives. They do so, as I’ve been told, because they need to cut costs…

By February 1, 2016 4 Comments Read More →
Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of January 25, 2016: Bill Clinton, Patient Safety, Workshops

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of January 25, 2016: Bill Clinton, Patient Safety, Workshops

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 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 […]

By January 29, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Guest Post: Steven Leuschel on Lean Healthcare Huddles

Guest Post: Steven Leuschel on Lean Healthcare Huddles

Mark’s Note: Today’s post is an excerpt, used with permission, from a new book by Steven Leuschel titled “Lean Culture Change,” with an introduction by Rodger Lewis, a former Toyota executive at the Georgetown, Kentucky plant. I’ve also recently recorded a podcast with Steven, which will be published in February. read more

By January 28, 2016 1 Comments Read More →
Podcast #240 – @LeahBinder of @LeapfrogGroup on #PatientSafety

Podcast #240 – @LeahBinder of @LeapfrogGroup on #PatientSafety

My guest for episode #240 is somebody I’ve wanted to interview for a long time, Leah Binder, the president and CEO of Leapfrog Group, “a voluntary program aimed at mobilizing employer purchasing power to alert America’s health industry that big leaps in health care safety, quality and customer value will be recognized and rewarded.” read […]

By January 26, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of January 18, 2016: Fake Lean, Toyota, MLK

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of January 18, 2016: Fake Lean, Toyota, MLK

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 me @MarkGraban and join the fun and the conversation. See theprevious installments of Key Tweets here. If you’re reading this via email or RSS, you might get a better […]

By January 24, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
The Shared Interests & Goals of Lean and the Patient Safety Movement

The Shared Interests & Goals of Lean and the Patient Safety Movement

Later today and tomorrow, I’ll be attending the annual World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit that’s produced by a non-profit called the Patient Safety Movement. If you’re also at the event, please say hi! Follow the event on the hashtag #0X2020. I attended last year and wrote a post titled “Politicians and Patient Safety: […]

By January 22, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Throwback Thursday: HBR on Taylorism vs Toyota

Throwback Thursday: HBR on Taylorism vs Toyota

In the midst of the discussion about the NEJM article, John Shook of LEI (a former Toyota employee) pointed me to this 1993 HBR article: “Time-and-Motion Regained” I believe it’s freely available…

By January 21, 2016 6 Comments Read More →
Cleveland Clinic Improvement Model, Part 2: Problem Solving & Standardization

Cleveland Clinic Improvement Model, Part 2: Problem Solving & Standardization

Yesterday, I wrote Part 1 of this post on the Cleveland Clinic Improvement Model. Part 1 covered the left hand half of the model, with Organizational Alignment and Visual Management being the key themes. Once you have alignment, measures, and visual management in place (with big doses of communication, leadership, and teamwork), you’re better situated […]

By January 20, 2016 4 Comments Read More →
Cleveland Clinic Improvement Model, Part 1: Alignment & Visual Management

Cleveland Clinic Improvement Model, Part 1: Alignment & Visual Management

Back in November, I had a chance to meet Nate Hurle, from Cleveland Clinic, as he was giving a presentation about their work with Lean and continuous improvement. As we chatted, I mentioned that I’d be in Ohio in early December, as I was going to visit my grandfather who lives in northeastern Ohio (he’s […]

By January 19, 2016 6 Comments Read More →
Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of January 11, 2016: Mountains, Thoreau, Ben Stiller, NEJM

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of January 11, 2016: Mountains, Thoreau, Ben Stiller, NEJM

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 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 […]

By January 16, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Doctors Bash “Taylorism” and “Toyota Lean” in the New England Journal of Medicine

Doctors Bash “Taylorism” and “Toyota Lean” in the New England Journal of Medicine

In the article posted today, Pamela Hartzband, M.D., and Jerome Groopman, M.D. (the later the author of the popular book How Doctors Think), rant about all sorts of things… some of which have nothing to do with Lean…

By January 13, 2016 47 Comments Read More →
Where Do Hospitals Get the Idea that Lean is Only About Cost Reduction?

Where Do Hospitals Get the Idea that Lean is Only About Cost Reduction?

It’s very frustrating when I hear people in healthcare complain that their hospital or health system has equated Lean with cost savings — only focusing on cost reduction or primarily focusing on it…

By January 12, 2016 15 Comments Read More →
Dr. Don Berwick is “Stunned” By How Few Organizations Study Deming

Dr. Don Berwick is “Stunned” By How Few Organizations Study Deming

One of the first people in healthcare to be influenced by Deming’s work is Dr. Don Berwick, founder of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (at right in that picture). Berwick wrote about Deming’s ideas back in…

By January 7, 2016 9 Comments Read More →
My Post for @KaiNexus: Webinar Highlights from @MaryGreeley Medical Center

My Post for @KaiNexus: Webinar Highlights from @MaryGreeley Medical Center

Yesterday, I had a post published over on the KaiNexus blog: Webinar Highlights: See How These Two Elements Spread Improvement I shared some highlights from an outstanding webinar that was presented by two improvement leaders from Mary Greeley Medical Center, in Ames, Iowa. They talk about their different modes of improvement, how they’ve gotten senior […]

By December 29, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of December 14, 2015: Holiday Prius, Lean Videos, What’s Kaizen Really?

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of December 14, 2015: Holiday Prius, Lean Videos, What’s Kaizen Really?

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 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 […]

By December 18, 2015 0 Comments Read More →