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Kaizen is Usually a Team Sport

Kaizen is Usually a Team Sport

Last Thursday, Joe Swartz and I presented about “Kaizen Coaching” at the annual Shingo Institute Conference. In the start of our breakout session, I made a point I usually make, something I learned from Norman Bodek: “A suggestion is something for you to do, an idea is something I can do.” The point is that […]

Kaiser Permanente CEO George Halvorson on Continuous Improvement

Kaiser Permanente CEO George Halvorson on Continuous Improvement

There’s a great piece, currently available for free on the HBR website, about continuous improvement: The Culture to Cultivate The author, George Halvorson, is the recently retired CEO of Kaiser Permanente and it’s really helpful that he is writing about the power of a culture of continuous improvement. Here are some highlights from the column […]

Podcast #176 – Norman Bodek, The Harada Method

Podcast #176 – Norman Bodek, The Harada Method

Please upgrade your browser MP3 File (run time 25:14) Joining me once again for episode #176 is my good friend Norman Bodek, who has been a guest many times here. Today, we are talking about his latest book, The Harada Method: The Spirit of Self-Reliance. You can also learn more about the book and Norman’s […]

KaiNexus Update – User Badges & Sharing Improvements Widely

KaiNexus Update – User Badges & Sharing Improvements Widely

The team at KaiNexus (where I am the “chief improvement officer”) is always improving. I want to share a few of these improvements, as our CEO/co-founder Greg Jacobson, MD and I are presenting today at the annual conference of the Texas Association for Healthcare Quality. We have two really cool new features: 1) virtual badges […]

By October 18, 2012 6 Comments Read More →
How @KaiNexus is Different Than “Collaborative Ideation” Software

How @KaiNexus is Different Than “Collaborative Ideation” Software

There are many articles written about collaborative “ideation” systems (sometimes referred as “crowdsourcing”) – web and software systems that allow ideas to bubble up from a large population of employees. I’d call these “suggestions,” per Norman Bodek’s definition that ideas are things I can do, suggestions are things somebody else needs to do. There’s a […]

By September 1, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Jerks Can Be Creativity Killers, Alright

Jerks Can Be Creativity Killers, Alright

Saw this in the most recent Fast Company:  Is Your Manager A Creativity Killer? If the manager is something like a case study from the book The No A**hole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t, then the answer is probably yes. Norm Bodek always teaches that everybody is creative… we just […]

New Lean Blog Charity Auctions – Great Books on #Lean, #Quality, #Deming!

New Lean Blog Charity Auctions – Great Books on #Lean, #Quality, #Deming!

Update 5/1/12 – more auctions! Back in October, we raised about $1000 for Friends of the Orphans through a charity auction, for which authors and publishers generously donated books. Now, I’m happy to present another auction that comes as a result of me “5S-ing” my home office as my wife and I prepare for our […]

Full “Healthcare Kaizen” Book Website Launches

Full “Healthcare Kaizen” Book Website Launches

My co-author, Joe Swartz, and I did a soft launch a few weeks back, but we’re happy to announce that the full website for our upcoming book Healthcare Kaizen: Engaging Front-Line Staff in Sustainable Improvements  is live at www.HCkaizen.com. Details were in my email newsletter  that went out today (sign up here), but I’ll fill […]

Podcast #141 – Norman Bodek Remembers Taiichi Ohno

Podcast #141 – Norman Bodek Remembers Taiichi Ohno

Please upgrade your browser MP3 File (run time 30:18) Episode #141 is a chat with Norman Bodek, as he shares his recollections of working with Taiichi Ohno, one of the creators of the Toyota Production System. Norman met and worked with Ohno in Japan and then published the translation of Ohno’s classic book “Toyota Production […]

Today Would Have Been Taiichi Ohno’s 100th Birthday

Today Would Have Been Taiichi Ohno’s 100th Birthday

Hat tip to John Shook and the Lean Enterprise Institute for pointing this out via his email newsletter  – today would have been the 100th birthday of Taiichi Ohno, usually credited as one of the creators of the Toyota Production System, the basis for “Lean.” See his profile on Wikipedia – Taiichi Ohno (February 29, […]

By February 29, 2012 8 Comments Read More →
My Conference Kaizen

My Conference Kaizen

I spent Monday and Tuesday in lovely Phoenix at the ASQ Lean and Six Sigma annual conference. I saw mant friends there, including Karen Martin, former (and possibly future) guest blogger Mike Lopez, and Tony Manos from 5S Supply. The conference was kicked off by a great keynote by Ari  Weinzwei, a founder and CEO […]

By February 29, 2012 8 Comments Read More →
Kaizen on the Boeing 737 Line

Kaizen on the Boeing 737 Line

There was a nice article in the Wall Street Journal this week about the Boeing 737 and some of their Lean and Kaizen (continuous improvement) work: “Boeing Teams Speed Up 737 Output — Jet Maker’s Innovation Crews Search for Ways to Streamline Production as Aircraft Demand Soars.” Boeing needs to increase production by more than […]

By February 10, 2012 2 Comments Read More →

Norm Bodek & The Harada Method – Article and Free Webinar

Reminder: The charity Lean auctions run through Sunday night… See the blog post or go right to eBay. Our good friend Norman Bodek asked me to share this with you about the Harada Method, which (as he says) “promises to create workers who are masters of their positions and champions of continuous improvement — at […]

By October 28, 2011 3 Comments Read More →
“Management By Walking Around” vs. “Gemba Walks”

“Management By Walking Around” vs. “Gemba Walks”

It’s important not to confuse a proper Lean “gemba walk” with the idea of “management by walking around” (MBWA).  What did the late, great Dr. W. Edwards Deming say in 1982? ‘Management by walking around’ is hardly ever effective. The reason is that someone in management, walking around, has little idea about what questions to […]

One-Question Poll on Healthcare Employee Idea & Suggestion Programs

One-Question Poll on Healthcare Employee Idea & Suggestion Programs

I volunteered to give a presentation last Friday for the North Texas Society for Healthcare Risk Management, where  I was able to debut some new material from our upcoming book, Healthcare Kaizen. These continuous improvement methods are a great way for front-line staff and leaders to both identify risks, allowing them to take action to […]

By September 26, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
A New Workshop from Norman Bodek: The Harada Method

A New Workshop from Norman Bodek: The Harada Method

Mark’s Note: I’m sharing this material about a new workshop that my friend and mentor Norman Bodek is debuting in October… plus his writeup just makes for interesting reading. This is not an advertisement, it’s something I’m sharing out of my respect for Norman and his contributions to Lean and Kaizen education… and yesterday was […]

By August 13, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
A Call for (Daily) Healthcare Kaizen Examples

A Call for (Daily) Healthcare Kaizen Examples

As regular readers know, I’m working on a second book: Healthcare Kaizen: Engaging Front-Line Staff in Sustainable Improvements. My co-author, Joe Swartz, and I have a lot of examples of “daily kaizen” that will be shared in the book. The idea isn’t to copy the specific ideas as much as it is to illustrate the […]

Does Setting a Goal for Number of Kaizens Violate “Kaizen Spirit”?

Does Setting a Goal for Number of Kaizens Violate “Kaizen Spirit”?

In discussions of “kaizen” (the Japanese word that is translated to “continuous improvement” or “change for the better”), I often hear of organizations talk about getting goals and targets for the number of kaizen ideas that employees come up with in a year? Long story short, the question for debate today: Does getting a goal […]