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Notes from Day 1 of the #LeanStartup Conference 2013

Notes from Day 1 of the #LeanStartup Conference 2013

It was an amazing first day of the Lean Startup conference yesterday in San Francisco. Videos will be available online soon, but for now I can share some notes I took during the main stage sessions in this Google Doc  (or download as a PDF). This blog also has summaries  of many of the talks. […]

By December 10, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
Parallels and Learning Between Aircraft Engine MRO and Human Healthcare

Parallels and Learning Between Aircraft Engine MRO and Human Healthcare

My wife is a leader in a business (not GE) that does aircraft engine “MRO” work – maintenance, repair, and overhaul. I’ve been able to visit her shop floor (her “gemba”) and we noticed similar parallels between their work (bring engines back to prime “health”) and what’s done in healthcare. This parallel was also explored […]

Lean & the “Work-Out” Process in Healthcare – Success, My Questions, and Your Experiences

Lean & the “Work-Out” Process in Healthcare – Success, My Questions, and Your Experiences

In the past few years, I’ve heard of the “Work-Out” process that has origins at GE. This consultant’s website gives a good overview and it squares up with what I’ve been reading in the book The GE Work-Out : How to Implement GE’s Revolutionary Method for Busting Bureaucracy & Attacking Organizational Problems. I’ve never used […]

By September 17, 2013 4 Comments Read More →

Weekend Fun: 30 Rock Mocks GE’s Manufacturing Reshoring

One of the things I love about the NBC show “30 Rock” is the way is skewers GE culture (such as its past mocking of Six Sigma – see here, here, and here). In the parallel universe of 30 Rock, GE has been acquired by KableTown, a company that’s a parody of Comcast. In recent […]

Fox News Channel Understands “Lean” Better than the WSJ

Fox News Channel Understands “Lean” Better than the WSJ

On Friday, there was yet another Wall Street Journal article about Lean (fixating as they always do on the “Just In Time” component). The article titled “For Lean Factories, No Buffer” yet again takes an outdated 1980s view that Lean is about low inventory. On the flip side, I was more pleasantly surprised that Fox […]

30 Rock: Jack Donaghy is a “Six Sigma Black Belt Ultra” – And He Has Proof

30 Rock: Jack Donaghy is a “Six Sigma Black Belt Ultra” – And He Has Proof

Absolutely hilarious… last Thursday’s “30 Rock” features Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) talking about how he’s a “Six Sigma Black Belt Ultra… with the groin branding to prove it.” To which, the new boss from their new owner Kabletown asks, “What’s Six Sigma? A rock band?” About LeanBlog.org: Mark Graban is a consultant, author, and speaker […]

By February 8, 2011 10 Comments Read More →
G.E. Rediscovers the Value in Providing Real Value to Manufacturing Customers

G.E. Rediscovers the Value in Providing Real Value to Manufacturing Customers

I’ll apologize if today’s post seems off-topic to my healthcare readers, but I have to share a link to a Sunday New York Times article about General Electric (“G.E. Goes With What It Knows: Making Stuff“). After being seduced by the idea of making easy money through “financial engineering,” G.E. is relearning that there’s value […]

By December 16, 2010 7 Comments Read More →
Tampa Bay Business Journal Features Lean at Moffitt Cancer Center

Tampa Bay Business Journal Features Lean at Moffitt Cancer Center

The full article requires a subscription, but John Toussaint and I were each quoted in this article from last Friday: “Toyota techniques drive profit, efficiency gains at Moffitt.” As with many of these articles, the full story tells a picture of quality improvement and patient benefit, but the headline focuses just on cost and efficiency. […]

By November 16, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
My Interview with Justin Holland, of GE Healthcare

My Interview with Justin Holland, of GE Healthcare

Today’s post is an interview I conducted via email with Justin Holland, Managing Principal of GE Healthcare Americas. Before joining GE, he was most recently Vice President of Business Performance at  Cleveland Clinic. In this interview we cover topics including how GE integrated lean with six sigma, how healthcare organizations are striving to have a […]

By September 2, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Of 777s and Heart Rate Monitors

In recent years, healthcare has been learning a lot of lessons from aviation — including checklists and “Crew Resource Management,” as written about in the excellent books   The Checklist Manifesto and Why Hospitals Should Fly. Aviation has gotten much safer over the past few decades, due mainly to improvements in teamwork and human factors. […]

Saturday Fun: 30 Rock’s 6 Principles of 6 Sigma

Saturday Fun: 30 Rock’s 6 Principles of 6 Sigma

My blog has gotten a lot of traffic since Thursday as people search for “30 rock jack welch” after his “acting” appearance on the show and they’re finding  this blog post from 2006. I try to keep things light on the weekends here… I’m posting a picture that the NBC website has from an episode […]

Hey, Reuters, Six Sigma Did Not Start at Toyota!

Hey, Reuters, Six Sigma Did Not Start at Toyota!

ANALYSIS – Six Sigma mystique takes beating in downturn | Motoring | Reuters Thanks to a former Toyota employee (and friend of mine) for sending this along. Pretty glaring “defect” in this article about the demise (?) of the Six Sigma methodology: U.S. companies have spent hundreds of millions of dollars adopting Six Sigma, the […]

"If you didn’t do it in Six Sigma, then it didn’t happen."

Guest Columnist – Quality Digest Wow, this is pretty bad… allegedly about GE. Granted, any dysfunctional Lean company could end up with similar dynamics. So none of this is knock on Six Sigma… it’s about human nature and organizational dynamics. There’s an expression that pretty much describes Six Sigma’s infiltration at GE: If your only […]

By September 28, 2008 14 Comments Read More →
The Value Stream of Succession Planning and Leader Development

The Value Stream of Succession Planning and Leader Development

by Jamie Flinchbaugh, co-author, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Lean What’s the purpose of thinking about work as a value stream? Is it just a buzzword? It helps us identify how our activities connect and flow together in order to deliver value to some customer. So let’s look at the process of succession planning and development […]

GE’s CIO and Lean Results

GE’s CEO controls information worth billions – July 21, 2008 It’s always interesting to read about GE’s shift from a Six Sigma company to a Lean Six Sigma company. Their CIO, Gary Reiner, is responsible for their Lean Six Sigma program, which is unique for a Chief Information Officer. From the FORTUNE article: You’ve been […]

Signs of The Lean Buzzword Spreading?

Networks Plot Course – WSJ.com As the entertainment industry works to recover from the recently-ended writers’ strike, the WSJ article featured a quote from a division of General Electric: “[the networks] are hoping to maintain some of the cost-cutting benefits of the strike, such as ending costly studio deals through the use of force majeure […]

By February 15, 2008 5 Comments Read More →

Six Sigma In the Newsroom

Technology Review: “You Don’t Understand Our Audience” It’s just one part of a very interesting article in the MIT magazine by John Hockenberry, a former reporter for NBC news. NBC (and NBC Universal) are a part of the General Electric (GE) corporate umbrella (also recommended is the part about trying to use GE “corporate synergy” […]

By January 19, 2008 1 Comments Read More →

Comments from GE’s CEO

An interview with P&G and GE CEOs Lafley and Immelt – December 11, 2006: I saw this yesterday and it jumped out at me, from a FORTUNE magazine interview with Proctor & Gamble’s CEO, A.G. Lafley and GE’s Jeff Immelt: “A.G., your company employs more people outside the U.S. than in it and has for […]

By December 12, 2006 7 Comments Read More →