Tag: Books

Highlights & Notes from “The Essential #Deming”

Highlights & Notes from “The Essential #Deming”

I was fortunate to be exposed to the writings of W. Edwards Deming before I even learned about Lean. While I sometimes get tired of reading new books on Lean and Toyota, I never tire of revisiting books  by or videos featuring Dr. Deming. A few years back, I again re-read big chunks of “Out […]

Podcast #174 – John Hunter, “Management Matters”

Podcast #174 – John Hunter, “Management Matters”

Please upgrade your browser MP3 File (run time 37:46) My guest for podcast #174 is John Hunter, a long-time friend and fellow blogger – at his Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog and, more recently, as a blogger for the W. Edwards Deming Institute. John has recently published a book through LeanPub.com titled “Management Matters.” In […]

April Fool: Announcing my Next #Lean Book Project – Baby’s First Lean Book

April Fool: Announcing my Next #Lean Book Project – Baby’s First Lean Book

After the nice response to Lean Hospitals and  Healthcare Kaizen, I often get asked, “So, what’s your next book going to be?” (other than the upcoming  Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen, that is). I’ve had people suggest writing something about Lean in ambulatory care and outpatient clinic settings. Or maybe an introductory Lean book for […]

Start 2013 with “The Spirit of Kaizen”

Start 2013 with “The Spirit of Kaizen”

As we enter the new year, it’s a great time to reflect back on 2012 – what worked and what didn’t work… what do we plan to do differently in 2013? Those are some of the core questions found on a “strategy A3” as often used in the Lean methodology. Individuals and organizations often try […]

By December 31, 2012 7 Comments Read More →
Podcast #158 – Art Byrne, “The Lean Turnaround”

Podcast #158 – Art Byrne, “The Lean Turnaround”

Please upgrade your browser MP3 File  (run time 32:20) My guest for podcast #158 is Art Byrne, author of the new book The Lean Turnaround: How Business Leaders Use Lean Principles to Create Value and Transform Their Company. Art is very well known in the Lean community for his successful run as CEO of Wiremold, […]

By September 28, 2012 2 Comments Read More →
Podcast #154 – Rick Morrow, Process Improvement in Healthcare

Podcast #154 – Rick Morrow, Process Improvement in Healthcare

Please upgrade your browser MP3 File  (run time 27:01) My guest for episode #154 is Rick Morrow, a director at Healthcare Performance Partners and author of the book Utilizing the 3Ms of Process Improvement in Healthcare: A Roadmap to High Reliability Using Lean, Six Sigma, and Change Leadership, from Productivity Press (which is my publisher, […]

Podcast #151 – Karen Martin, “The Outstanding Organization”

Podcast #151 – Karen Martin, “The Outstanding Organization”

Please upgrade your browser MP3 File  (run time 24:06) Joining me for episode #151 is my friend Karen Martin, talking about her newly-released book The Outstanding Organization: Generate Business Results by Eliminating Chaos and Building the Foundation for Everyday Excellence. Karen is the founder of Karen Martin & Associates and she is previously the co-author […]

New Book by @PaulFLevy – “Goal Play!” with Lessons for Healthcare

New Book by @PaulFLevy – “Goal Play!” with Lessons for Healthcare

Paul Levy, the former CEO of Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, is a long time friend of mine and this blog (read his ongoing blog here although he’s no longer “Running a Hospital”). I’ve been meaning to blog about it for a while… it’s still a relatively new book that Paul has published (a […]

Podcast #150 – Jeffrey Lobosky, MD, “It’s Enough to Make You Sick”

Podcast #150 – Jeffrey Lobosky, MD, “It’s Enough to Make You Sick”

Please upgrade your browser MP3 File (run time 22:18) My guest for episode #150 is Jeffrey M. Lobosky, MD, the author of the book It’s Enough to Make You Sick: The Failure of American Health Care and a Prescription for the Cure. Dr. Lobosky talks about what he thinks is lacking in current healthcare reform […]

Guest Post: Book Review – “Adventures in Leanland”

Guest Post: Book Review – “Adventures in Leanland”

Mark’s note: While I am busy in “moving land” this week, Christina Kach was kind enough to write a review of a book that was sent to me –  Adventures in Leanland  by Russell Watkins (a free copy was provided for review). The book was published through Lulu and you can also buy it there. […]

New eBook Compilation – Lean Blog: Sports

New eBook Compilation – Lean Blog: Sports

Being a big fan of what the guys at LeanPub are doing (listen to my podcasts with them here and here), I created a new compilation of sports-related posts from my blog dating back to 2005. The book is not-so-creatively titled Lean Blog: Sports –  Lean Concepts in Sports and Lean Lessons from Sports. I’ll […]

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 […]

Podcast #145 – Natalie Sayer, “Lean for Dummies”

Podcast #145 – Natalie Sayer, “Lean for Dummies”

Please upgrade your browser MP3 File (run time 26:30) Episode #145 is a conversation with Natalie J. Sayer, co-author of the recently updated 2nd edition of the book Lean For Dummies. I was able to meet Natalie at the recent ASQ Lean and Six Sigma Conference, where she was also a presenter. While I was […]

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 […]

“On the Mend” Wins Shingo Award

“On the Mend” Wins Shingo Award

Congratulations to Dr. John Toussaint and Roger Gerard, co-authors of the outstanding book,  On the Mend: Revolutionizing Healthcare to Save Lives and Transform the Industry, for being one of this year’s recipients of the Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award  (as announced by LEI). Congrats also go to whole team of people who were involved […]

By February 26, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Book Review: One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way

Book Review: One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way

While doing research for my upcoming book on “Healthcare Kaizen,” I found two books that touched on kaizen-style continuous improvement in our everyday lives. One was a brief mention in a book from a TV personality (see my post An Unexpected Lean Thinker and her “Kaizen Lifestyle”) and the second is a book with a […]

Podcast #135 – Dan Markovitz “A Factory of One”

Podcast #135 – Dan Markovitz “A Factory of One”

Please upgrade your browser MP3 File (run time 25:15) Our guest for episode #135 is Dan Markovitz, author of the new book A Factory of One: Applying Lean Principles to Banish Waste and Improve Your Personal Performance. If your New Year’s resolutions include improving your own personal productivity, Dan is a great person to talk […]

By January 4, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Updated: 2011’s Best “Lean Blog” Posts are Being Published as an e-Book

Updated: 2011’s Best “Lean Blog” Posts are Being Published as an e-Book

Updated (12/23): Based on the positive response I received, I decided to move forward with an eBook through LeanPub. It’s being published incrementally, with some experimental pricing. If you buy early, you get a lower price (but with free updates to come as the eBook is completed). Click here to buy or for more details. […]

By December 27, 2011 7 Comments Read More →