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My Personal Kaizen on Scheduling Meetings – Fewer Emails and Less Time

My Personal Kaizen on Scheduling Meetings – Fewer Emails and Less Time

One of the key aspects of the Kaizen process is that we SHARE completed improvements with others. That’s a key principle that Joe Swartz and I wrote about in Healthcare Kaizen, and it’s a key aspect of the KaiNexus software platform. Another important Kaizen behavior is leading by example and I try to do that. One […]

Misplaced Milkshake Blenders & Unclear Water Dispensers

Misplaced Milkshake Blenders & Unclear Water Dispensers

Last week was the annual LEI Lean Transformation Summit (see my notes here). There were many inspiring stories, but are always reminders that it’s not always a Lean world around us. Tom Ehrenfeld (who blogged about the two days of the Summit here and here) shared a crazy story from his trip to the airport on […]

Lean: DO Try This at Home

Lean: DO Try This at Home

Mark’s Note: Today’s guest post is from a colleague I have worked with before on a hospital project. Bernita and I worked together at a children’s hospital, as she wrote about here on the HKS blog. Bernita’s post is modified from something she originally shared internally at HKS… the topic of “Lean and Kaizen at […]

By October 18, 2013 9 Comments Read More →
Ten “Everyday Lean” Examples of Creativity over Capital

Ten “Everyday Lean” Examples of Creativity over Capital

There’s a fun post on Lifehacker with photos of (and links to details on) ten clever household “hacks.” In the “kaizen” mindset, there’s a great value placed on using “creativity over capital” or “putting your mind before your wallet.” There’s usually more than one way to solve a problem and the most expensive way isn’t […]

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 […]

Error Proofing Against Drinking Bad Tap Water at #HIMSS13

Error Proofing Against Drinking Bad Tap Water at #HIMSS13

Here in New Orleans, there was a problem with the city water today and there’s a 24-hour “boil water” order in effect through tomorrow morning. We could play a good game of the 5 Whys: Why can’t we drink the water? It’s potentially unsafe Why? The water pressure dropped earlier this morning Why? Because there […]

A Coffee Mug Error Proofed Against Tipping?

A Coffee Mug Error Proofed Against Tipping?

I saw this at an office supply store today (but didn’t buy it). For all of the coffee making problems I have, tipping mugs over isn’t one of them (knock on wood). This mug is advertised as having a clever mechanism that allows the mug to be lifted only vertically, preventing it from tipping over […]

By January 24, 2013 3 Comments Read More →
“Living Lean” Vignette – Good Illustration or a Bit of a Stretch?

“Living Lean” Vignette – Good Illustration or a Bit of a Stretch?

Hat tip to Bob Emiliani (a Lean Blog sponsor) for pointing out this article a while back: “Case in Point: Avoiding martial-arts moves by ‘pulling the Andon cord‘” that was in the Washington Post, of all places. The piece, written by a duo of a professor and a consultant, attempts (I think) to make Lean […]

Weekend Fun: My Ironic Home Office

Weekend Fun: My Ironic Home Office

It’s been a month now since my wife and I moved to San Antonio. I’ve been on the road most or all of the last four weeks… so my home office is still very unsettled. Today, I’m working on that while listening (plug alert) to my college buddy John Sandfort’s new jazz CD. I am […]

Stuff I’m Reading, May 7, 2012: Nurses, Blame, Government, Apple in China

Here are links to some more articles I’ve read recently that might be of interest on a number of Lean related topics: Twin boys die after morphine overdose (understaffing, poor training, & other system issues) Two years on, gov’t says it’s Leaner  (Regina, Saskatchewan) Montreal nurses suspended over woman’s death during childbirth (only the nurses […]

Mistake Proofing the Home Alarm System

Mistake Proofing the Home Alarm System

As I’ve mentioned, my wife and I are in the process of moving from suburban Fort Worth to San Antonio. As we have potential buyers coming through the house, one thing I have to be mindful of is NOT turning on the home alarm system when leaving. As with many process improvements, it’s tough breaking […]

Ending the Home Kanban System (For This Home, At Least)

Ending the Home Kanban System (For This Home, At Least)

As I lighten my workload a bit during my “Blog Break” in preparation for my family’s move to San Antonio, I thought new readers might want to check out my post from 2008 titled “A Home Kanban System – Toilet Paper & Paper Towels.” Do you utilize kanban at home? Since we’re moving, I’m no […]

Lean in Your Life – Preventing Health Problems with Technology

Lean in Your Life – Preventing Health Problems with Technology

Continuing this first week of the year’s theme of using Lean principles to improve our lives, I’m going to write about two pieces of technology that can help prevent two different types of health problems, particularly in the elderly. The first is suggested by a blog reader who had an elderly parent forgetting to take […]

By January 6, 2012 2 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 […]

Reducing Waste & Saving Time in the New Year

Reducing Waste & Saving Time in the New Year

1/3 update: Welcome back to work to many of you. No new post today, but the rest of the week continues on the theme of applying Lean to your own life and work – including a podcast tomorrow with Dan Markovitz.   Well, it’s the new year – 2012! Happy New Year. If you feel […]

By January 1, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Everyday Lean: Error Proofing Sidewalk Grates (photo by @karenmartinopex)

Everyday Lean: Error Proofing Sidewalk Grates (photo by @karenmartinopex)

Thanks to my friend and fellow author Karen Martin for taking this picture while in Calgary. Even if you don’t wear high heeled shoes, I think you can appreciate the attempt at error proofing. Karen and I both wondered if this modification to the grates was proactive or in response to an incident or injury? […]

By September 29, 2011 11 Comments Read More →
Guest Post: Being the Change

Guest Post: Being the Change

Mark’s note: Today, I’m happy to welcome back an old Lean Blog contributor, Andy Wagner. He takes a more personal turn here than most of my guest bloggers for the next two weeks, writing about the application of Lean thinking to his personal life in a very meaningful way. His post (the first in what […]

Guest Post: How to Have a Lean Party

Guest Post: How to Have a Lean Party

Mark’s note: Today’s guest post is from a Michigander (I prefer that term over Michiganian, but I digress). Jon Wetzel, among other things, is very involved with the Michigan Lean Consortium and he lives very near where I grew up. You can find him blogging regularly on a topic near and dear to my heart […]