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I won’t literally be on the beach as the photo at left suggests.
But, I will be away on vacation through October 9, so I was going to take some time away from the blog to enjoy the trip, recharge the ole’ batteries, etc.
Thanks everybody for reading my blog here in 2016! It’s been an interesting year and I appreciate you taking time out of your busy lives to read and participate in the discussion. I hope this site will continue to be a part of your life in 2016.
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 Guide / Poster.
Hi – No blog post with actual, typical Lean content today… as you might have read earlier in the week, my experience as a new Frontier FIOS internet customer was a complete disaster. I’m on Day 10 without working home office internet, which is both frustrating AND very time consuming.
Thanks everybody for reading my blog throughout 2015! It's been a great year and I appreciate you taking time out of your busy lives to read and participate in the discussion. I hope this site will continue to be a part of your life in 2016. Here are the ten most-read posts of the year...
Thanks to everybody for reading Lean Blog this year! As Christmas approaches, I’m taking off this week and probably next to enjoy time with family and some downtime. I hope you’ve had a successful year and I wish you nothing but the best for 2016...
Technical Update on Lean Blog Emails & Problems with MailChimp RSS Feeds & Outlook – Root Cause Found, Problem Solved?
Thankfully, it has been a while since I’ve had to post something about technical difficulties here on the blog.
Thanks to my reader survey, two people pointed out that they were having trouble opening the daily or weekly automated emails that go out with my blog posts in them. They have trouble when using Outlook as the email client and the emails were causing the program to freeze and lock up, forcing a restart. Annoying.
In the category of “not so new” (this blog is nine years old) and hopefully “somewhat improved,” you might notice a slightly different design today here at LeanBlog.org.
The last major refresh I did to the site’s look and feel was in late 2009. There’s a screenshot further down in the post showing the pre-2009 look. As you can see, it was a pretty major overhaul. It was sort of the equivalent of building a new hospital tower and then moving all of the content into it. I switched platforms, from Blogger to WordPress, and a I debuted a new logo and a new look. These were major changes that required the help of a consultant.
That change wasn’t “Kaizen” as much as it was “Kaikaku” (or radical change).
The changes I made over the weekend, by myself, are more along the lines of Kaizen, or continuous improvement – smaller, incremental change.
I’m now entering my 10th year of blogging here, if you can believe it (starting in January, 2005). Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to read and participate on my blog (and/or listening to my podcasts).
“On the road again….” — a great Willie Nelson tune. I’m going to be on the road, moving from the Dallas/Fort Worth area down to San Antonio, as my wife has a new job assignment for the next few years.
My blogging will be relatively light over the next few weeks. I’ll have a podcast or two, some guest blog posts (contact me if you would like to submit one), and some updates about my upcoming book Healthcare Kaizen. I will probably also do some posts that are a collection of links to interesting things I’ve read, but with less commentary than usual.
Taking a bit of a break from the blog will allow me to focus on the important things related to this move. Thanks for your understanding.
I always like to give a brief shout out to new sponsors when I have them. I have a brand new sponsor, starting out for the next two months, in a company that will be relevant to a Lean audience – they are Creative Safety Supply. They are running two ads in the right hand column of the blog and they are going to be sponsoring an upcoming Podcast episode, as well.
Here are a few updates about my blog and my podcasts. For one, I’ve now been blogging for seven years now. I’ll write a blog post soon with my reflections on the anniversary/birthday of my blog.
The other updates:
- My “Best of Lean Blog 2011” eBook is now completed and available
- My podcasts are now available through the Stitcher Radio apps and service
A number of us combined efforts to provide this as a free service to our loyal readers, so thanks go to:
Today, I’m announcing an evolution of my work life: doing less with the Lean Enterprise Institute, doing more consulting and speaking, and starting to help build an exciting startup company, KaiNexus.
The first 16 years of my career has been an interesting journey: General Motors, Dell, Honeywell and a total of 10 years in the “lean manufacturing” world, with a transition in 2005 to “lean healthcare” consulting and writing. From 2001 to 2004, I had a detour through a lean-focused startup company, Factory Logic, and I’ve always enjoyed the small organization setting and the opportunity to build new things, like the Healthcare Value Network that I’ve helped build over the last two years.
So, please forgive me for writing a blog post about myself. Since I often get asked, usually in a friendly way, “So, um, what exactly do you do?”, this blog post is a chance to talk about that…
Again, my apologies for writing about myself today, following up on my post about the upcoming 2nd edition of my book Lean Hospitals: Improving Quality, Patient Safety, and Employee Satisfaction, I have a few more updates and coming attractions to mention.
In this post, I’ll cover:
- An upcoming video series on Lean Design in healthcare
- An upcoming publication to support relief efforts in Haiti
- What I’m working on
- A new book on Daily Kaizen for healthcare
- My plans for LeanBlog.org
My main announcement is that I’m happy to say that I am working on a revised edition of my Shingo Award winning book, Lean Hospitals: Improving Quality, Patient Safety, and Employee Satisfaction. Those of you who grew up in the 1980’s might appreciate the musical reference shown in the picture to left :-) That’s not the new cover of the book.
Unlike a blog, it’s hard to practice “continuous improvement” with a book. There were a few small edits made with each successive printing of the book. But here is my chance to make more significant improvements, as opposed to just having defects fixed.