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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Celebrate Norm’s birthday by checking out one of our audio or video podcasts that we’ve done together (the audio podcast was actually his idea, back in 2006!): Episode #1 (7/16/06) – Norman Bodek discusses kaizen and employee suggestion systems. Episode #2 (8/4/06) – Second interview with Norman Bodek, discussing how to stop blaming employees and […]
Also available as Video Podcast #11, Episode #95 of the LeanBlog Podcast features Norman Bodek talking about some of the ideas in his most recent book, How to do Kaizen: A new path to innovation – Empowering everyone to be a problem solver. Late in the podcast, Norman asks and answers an interesting question: what […]
Video #11 features Norman Bodek talking about some of the ideas in his most recent book, How to do Kaizen: A new path to innovation – Empowering everyone to be a problem solver. Late in the podcast, Norman asks and answers an interesting question: what if an employee suggests “we should blow up the factory”??
I’m here at the Shingo Prize conference for the second year in a row. Lots of good networking and talks/panels. I’ll share a few quotes and highlights, along with a picture of my friend and sometimes guest blogger, Adam Zak. This post (and part 2, to come) will include: Notes from Bruce Hamilton’s talk Former […]
In this post, I’m going to tell you about some upcoming Lean events I’m involved in – planning, producing, or participating. Eric Ries “Lean Startups” Webinar for LEI Shingo Prize Conference Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit
Happy New Year to my blog readers! Do you have any “lean resolutions” for the year 2010? Feel free to share them, if you like, in the comments section for this post. Here were some resolutions from two years ago, if anyone wants to revisit those. Alternatively, taking a cue from Jim Collins via Matthew […]
In the past week, I found two articles about hospitals that are engaging staff members through suggestion programs. Employee suggestions are a core part of Lean and the Toyota Production System. There’s so much wasted potential when hospitals don’t get people engaged in improving their work and improving processes. This is wasted potential in terms […]
As Thanksgiving approaches, a friend recommended re-watching the classic WKRP in Cincinnati “Turkey Drop” episode. Early in the episode, there’s a little scene where the station manager, Mr. Carlson, asks Les Nessman, the news director, how things are going.
Video #7 is a continuation of Episode #3 with Norman Bodek recounting his early trips to Japan and learning about kaizen, just in time, and Lean. For audio podcast episodes, please visit www.leanpodcast.org. For video podcasts, visit www.leanvideopodcast.org. You can also go to YouTube to watch (the full series can be found there.)
I blogged earlier about the Obama administration’s announcement that the healthcare industry is promising $2 Trillion in savings (reduced cost increases) over the next 10 years. Hooray, we set a goal. The announcements were light on how to do this… generalities such as “increase hospital efficiency.” Again, sounds great, but how? It’s not going to […]
This is the first of four video segments with the “godfather of lean” Norman Bodek, President of PCS Press. In these videos, Norman talks about how he got started with learning about Lean in Japan and how he started to spread these practices in the U.S. For audio podcast episodes, please visit www.leanpodcast.org. For video […]
Norman Bodek’s newly redesigned website at PCSPress.com has a nice personal introductory video that he’s made an embedded into the site. Stay tuned here for some upcoming Video Podcasts that I’ve recorded with Norman about his story.
FOXNews.com – Mystery Celebrity Link You’ll have to click on the above link to see who said the following (the link is from Fox News and is absolutely safe for work, for those who are not trusting the link). “‘Iâ€šÃ„Ã´m going to make mistakes and I wouldnâ€šÃ„Ã´t trade that for anything because I always say […]
Norman Bodek is once again back for episode #61 of the LeanBlog Podcast, talking about his discovery of a unique system in Japan, at Canon, called the “Super Meister” system that trains employees to be able to build an entire copier on their own. This was introduced in Episode #55 of the Podcast. Norman also […]