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2nd Post for the Deming Institute Blog: The Failed “Livonia Philosophy”

2nd Post for the Deming Institute Blog: The Failed “Livonia Philosophy”

Yesterday, the W. Edwards Deming Institute published the second in my series of three posts for them: "The Failure of "The Livonia Philosophy" at my GM Plant." Read more...

By January 17, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
My Post for the Deming Institute Blog: Why Dr. Deming’s Work is So Important to Me

My Post for the Deming Institute Blog: Why Dr. Deming’s Work is So Important to Me

I'm extremely honored that The W. Edwards Deming Institute published my first blog post in a series of three that I've written for them, to be published over the next month or so.

By January 6, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
“The reign of the king-leader is gone” at GM? What about healthcare?

“The reign of the king-leader is gone” at GM? What about healthcare?

I was happy to see an engineer (Chemical Engineering) and a General Motors leader, Alicia Boler Davis, on the cover of the Northwestern University alumni magazine.

See this profile and story:

DRIVING GM

By December 12, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Part 2: More From the Original 1984 NUMMI Team Member Handbook: Unions, Teams, Leaders

Part 2: More From the Original 1984 NUMMI Team Member Handbook: Unions, Teams, Leaders

Here’s Part 2 of a post about the original NUMMI Team Member Handbook from 1984 (see Part 1 here).

This, and other documents that I’ll be blogging about, are part of Don Ephlin’s UAW office papers that are archived at the Walter P. Reuther Library at Wayne State University in Detroit. Thanks to them for their assistance.

By December 5, 2016 2 Comments Read More →
Highlights from the Original 1984 NUMMI Team Member Handbook, Part 1

Highlights from the Original 1984 NUMMI Team Member Handbook, Part 1

I recently wrote about my exploration of the collected papers of the late Don Ephlin, a UAW senior leader and a professor of mine at MIT.

In that first post, I shared a few quotes that were scattered around the original NUMMI Team Member Handbook from 1984, the year that the plant re-opened as the joint venture between GM and Toyota. (Read past posts about NUMMI).

By November 15, 2016 8 Comments Read More →
Repeating the Same #Lean Mistakes Over and Over? Why?

Repeating the Same #Lean Mistakes Over and Over? Why?

Recently, when I posted a bit from the old 1984 NUMMI Team Member Handbook (more still to come on that), it allowed me to connect with Tom Wilson, a retired GM leader who spent time at NUMMI in the 1980s.

By October 26, 2016 3 Comments Read More →
Coming Soon: A Fresh Look at Some Old GM & NUMMI Documents About Lean, Japan, and More

Coming Soon: A Fresh Look at Some Old GM & NUMMI Documents About Lean, Japan, and More

When I was a graduate student at the MIT Leaders for Global Operations program, one of our visiting professors was Don Ephlin, a former Vice President for the United Auto Workers. He passed away in 2000 (read his obituary).

By October 18, 2016 3 Comments Read More →
Podcast #259 – Steve Bera, Reflections on NUMMI and #Lean, Part 2

Podcast #259 – Steve Bera, Reflections on NUMMI and #Lean, Part 2

Today’s episode #259 is Part 2 of a discussion I started with Steve Bera in episode #256. Steve was one of the original 16 “NUMMI Commandos” that General Motors sent to work with Toyota in the 1980s, as discussed in the outstanding book Comeback: The Fall & Rise of the American Automobile Industry.

Podcast #256 – Steve Bera, Reflections on NUMMI and #Lean, Part 1

Podcast #256 – Steve Bera, Reflections on NUMMI and #Lean, Part 1

I’m really excited to have Steve Bera as my guest for episode #256 of the podcast. I read about him as he was featured prominently in a chapter of the 1994 Pulitzer-Prize winning book Comeback: The Fall & Rise of the American Automobile Industry. I just finished it during my recent flight back from China.

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of June 13, 2016: Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit & More

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of June 13, 2016: Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit & More

Here’s the latest installment of “Key Tweets,” a weekly post that summarizes some of my tweets (or retweets) from the week, including pictures and other fun stuff. Follow me @MarkGraban and join the fun and the conversation. See the previous installments of Key Tweets here.

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of June 6, 2016: Lean Hospitals, Ali, Patient Safety, GM & Toyota

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of June 6, 2016: Lean Hospitals, Ali, Patient Safety, GM & Toyota

Here’s the latest installment of “Key Tweets,” a weekly post that summarizes some of my tweets (or retweets) from the week, including pictures and other fun stuff. Follow me @MarkGraban and join the fun and the conversation. See the previous installments of Key Tweets here.

GM’s CEO Roger Smith Thought Toyota Had Magic, But This Was the “Secret”

GM’s CEO Roger Smith Thought Toyota Had Magic, But This Was the “Secret”

Thanks to this post by Bruce Hamilton (aka “Toast Guy” or “Old Lean Dude”), I was reminded of the old General Motors effort, spearheaded by then-CEO Roger Smith (of “Roger & Me” fame), to fully automate car factories. Their concept was the “lights-out factory” that could run without people (other than a security guard).

Doctors Get Upset With Being Pushed, Bad Leadership, Clumsy Incentives; Try to Unionize

Doctors Get Upset With Being Pushed, Bad Leadership, Clumsy Incentives; Try to Unionize

A few weeks back, a number of you sent me this article from the New York Times:

Doctors Unionize to Resist the Medical Machine

The article describes a physician who is trying to take the amount of time – the right amount of time – that he thinks is required to get a proper diagnosis for the patient. Does taking longer, reducing his short-term productivity, end up improving care and reducing costs over the long term? That’s hard to know for sure, but it makes sense.

By February 15, 2016 14 Comments Read More →
More Notes on Dr. Deming & “If Japan Can, Why Can’t We?” (Part 3)

More Notes on Dr. Deming & “If Japan Can, Why Can’t We?” (Part 3)

Hopefully you've already seen the famed 1980 NBC documentary "If Japan Can, Why Can't We?" that featured Dr. W. Edwards Deming. I posted a link to the video and some notes on Part 1 of the broadcast. Today, I'd like to blog about Part 3 of the program...

By January 6, 2016 3 Comments Read More →
Throwback Thursday: #Lean Equipment and a Lean Layout Isn’t Enough

Throwback Thursday: #Lean Equipment and a Lean Layout Isn’t Enough

Going through some old files, I found an article that I wrote back in late 2005. I wrote it for somebody within our J&J Lean Healthcare circles, trying to help draw parallels to the idea that a hospital lab couldn’t just copy a “Lean layout” without also changing the way they work. I never published it

By October 1, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
Throwback Thursday: This 1946 GM Video Promoting Time & Motion Study is Dated Yet Current

Throwback Thursday: This 1946 GM Video Promoting Time & Motion Study is Dated Yet Current

For today’s Throwback Thursday, I somehow stumbled across this video on YouTube… it’s a video from 1946 that was produced by General Motors, their industrial engineering staff, the General Motors Institute (now Kettering University), and the University of Iowa.

By September 10, 2015 9 Comments Read More →
Throwback Thursday: “This American Life” on NUMMI Lessons, “Labor Notes” Still Hates Lean

Throwback Thursday: “This American Life” on NUMMI Lessons, “Labor Notes” Still Hates Lean

Episode #403 of the public radio program “This American Life” originally aired in 2010, telling the story of the NUMMI plant that was a joint venture between GM and Toyota (it’s now where they build Teslas). As a joint venture, that meant the closed-down GM Fremont plant was re-opened to be managed under the Toyota Production System.

“How do you deliver quality and value to market quickly?” – Steve Spear at MIT

“How do you deliver quality and value to market quickly?” – Steve Spear at MIT

When I was back at MIT earlier this month, I really enjoyed the lectures that I was able to attend. See my notes from Professor Zeynep Ton’s talk on “The Good Jobs Strategy.”

I’ve heard Professor Steven Spear (not “Spears,” as commonly misspelled) speak a number of times. I love his book The High-Velocity Edge and I’ve interviewed him before for my podcast in episode 58 (on his book, originally titled Chasing the Rabbit) and episode 87 (on Lean in healthcare).