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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?

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 →
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 →
#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 →
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 →
Contest: Win a Set of #Lean & #PatientSafety Books Plus Some StoreSMART Supplies

Contest: Win a Set of #Lean & #PatientSafety Books Plus Some StoreSMART Supplies

StoreSMART, a Rochester, New York-based manufacturer and retailer, has been an advertiser on this blog for over six months now. I also very much appreciate that they are trying to learn how to better serve those who are practicing Lean...

By January 12, 2017 1 Comments Read More →
Marie Osmond and The Excuses for Not Getting Lean

Marie Osmond and The Excuses for Not Getting Lean

Hear Mark read the post (subscribe to the podcast series):

I don’t normally pay too much attention to TV commercials, but I was working out the other day and had TV streaming through my iPhone. Appropriately enough, a Nutrisystem ad with Marie Osmond started playing.

By January 10, 2017 2 Comments Read More →
Better Metrics & “Understanding Variation” – An Important Topic for Healthcare

Better Metrics & “Understanding Variation” – An Important Topic for Healthcare

My favorite book, as I've written about before, is not a "Lean book" -- it's Understanding Variation: The Key to Managing Chaos by Donald J. Wheeler, PhD. It might look like a book about statistics...

By January 9, 2017 3 Comments Read More →
My Post for the Deming Institute Blog: Why Dr. Deming’s Work is So Important to Me

My Post for the Deming Institute Blog: Why Dr. Deming’s Work is So Important to Me

I'm extremely honored that The W. Edwards Deming Institute published my first blog post in a series of three that I've written for them, to be published over the next month or so.

By January 6, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
My Visit to Cleveland Clinic: Seeing Leaders Engaging Staff in Meaningful Improvement

My Visit to Cleveland Clinic: Seeing Leaders Engaging Staff in Meaningful Improvement

I had a chance to visit one of their community hospitals, Hillcrest Hospital, as well as the main campus. It was a very stimulating visit and it was great to see the progress they were making in building a “culture of improvement.”

By January 3, 2017 3 Comments Read More →
Food for Thought on Mistakes and Perfection

Food for Thought on Mistakes and Perfection

I saw this quote the other day and tweeted it. It seemed like food for thought and something to reflect on for a new year. A Google search doesn't lead to a clear creator of this quote... it's a common thought that has been around a long time, I guess.

By January 2, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
“The reign of the king-leader is gone” at GM? What about healthcare?

“The reign of the king-leader is gone” at GM? What about healthcare?

I was happy to see an engineer (Chemical Engineering) and a General Motors leader, Alicia Boler Davis, on the cover of the Northwestern University alumni magazine.

See this profile and story:

DRIVING GM

By December 12, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Examples of Corporate Speak Masking Reality in Banking and Healthcare

Examples of Corporate Speak Masking Reality in Banking and Healthcare

I get annoyed by corporate euphemisms, such as referring to people as “resources,” the term “right-sizing” for layoffs, and the type of jargon and babble parodied in the Weird Al song “Mission Statement.”

By December 2, 2016 1 Comments Read More →
Lean People Don’t Say Things Like “Idiot Proofing”

Lean People Don’t Say Things Like “Idiot Proofing”

I’ve long been skeptical of so-called “Lean Sigma” or “Lean Six Sigma.” And not because I’m against Six Sigma statistical methods, which are valid and helpful in solving certain difficult problems.

By November 21, 2016 8 Comments Read More →