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“We are not Toyota”

“We are not Toyota”

Mark’s note: Today’s guest post is a return visit by Gert Linthout, from Belgium. Gert and I were part of the same Lean healthcare study trip to Japan back in 2012… Once upon a time… It was some years ago, when we guided a Lean transformation project in a regional hospital. The ambition was to drastically improve…

By November 12, 2015 4 Comments Read More →
Are Lean and Green Really “Two Sides of the Same Coin?”

Are Lean and Green Really “Two Sides of the Same Coin?”

I used to like the slogan, “Lean and Green are two sides of the same coin.” I even used it as a tagline in presentations in which I was arguing that there is a potential for significant synergy between the Lean and sustainability programs in my company.

By September 18, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
The Ergonomics of Compliance

The Ergonomics of Compliance

Many industries face the compliance conundrum. The compliance conundrum occurs when staying in regulatory compliance interferes with business as usual operations. In highly regulated industries, where regulating bodies conduct periodic audits, the strain of the compliance conundrum is even more apparent.

By September 11, 2015 6 Comments Read More →
Why is There a Scrap of Paper with “5S = Failure Pls address” on My Desk?

Why is There a Scrap of Paper with “5S = Failure Pls address” on My Desk?

Mark’s Note: Today’s guest post is by Paul Critchley and while it shares a story from a manufacturing company, I could see a situation like this taking place in healthcare or in any large organization that doesn’t quite get what Lean is about. By Paul Critchley: Lean can be many things to many people; a […]

By September 4, 2015 4 Comments Read More →
What Can a 10 Month Old Child Teach Us About Focus, Willpower… and Kaizen?

What Can a 10 Month Old Child Teach Us About Focus, Willpower… and Kaizen?

Mark’s note: Today’s guest post is by Gert Linthout, from Belgium. Gert and I were part of the same Lean healthcare study trip to Japan back in 2012. He was the co-creator of this creative video on Kaizen that I featured in this blog post. See his previous guest post. By Gert Linthout Last Saturday afternoon, we enjoyed […]

Guest Post: “Do No Harm” – Patient Safety is Defined by Standard of Care

Guest Post: “Do No Harm” – Patient Safety is Defined by Standard of Care

Mark’s Note: I met today’s guest blogger, Gus Lusack, when I was working with a hospital pathology department in the British NHS. Gus was the microbiology manager at the time and, while most of my engagement was in the core lab, we had many great conversations about Lean and healthcare improvement. He’s now working as […]

Guest Post: The one thing Lean Six Sigma got wrong about Lean

Guest Post: The one thing Lean Six Sigma got wrong about Lean

Mark’s Note: Today’s post is a guest post by Erwin van der Koogh, who comes to us from Australia. The thoughts and opinions here are his, although I agree with enough of it to publish it here. I’ll be participating in the discussion via comments and I hope you’ll join in. By Erwin van der […]

SAFETY – Question Your Assumptions

SAFETY – Question Your Assumptions

Mark’s note: Today’s guest post is by Brian Buck, a fellow lean healthcare  practitioner who blogged until about two years ago at his site “Improve With Me.”  Recently, I took my son to his primary care provider and the doctor asked if I would like a flu shot for my four year old son.  I […]

By November 19, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Guest Post: Organizations are Solving Problems; Are They Workarounds or Real Improvements?

Guest Post: Organizations are Solving Problems; Are They Workarounds or Real Improvements?

Mark’s note: Today’s post is a guest post by my friend and colleague Isaac Mitchell. We’ve crossed paths at conferences, including the annual Society for Health Systems conference, where he shared some of their great work on Kaizen that’s being done at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. Hopefully we’ll see you there in February with keynote […]

By November 6, 2014 7 Comments Read More →
Guest Post: Standardized Work is for Leaders, Not Just Assembly Lines

Guest Post: Standardized Work is for Leaders, Not Just Assembly Lines

Mark’s note: Today’s post is by David Meier, a former Toyota group leader, and co-author of the excellent books The Toyota Way Fieldbook and Toyota Talent: Developing Your People the Toyota Way. He is currently working on a project to renovate and re-open a Kentucky distillery. I’ve learned a ton from David and I’m happy […]

By November 4, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
Continuous Improvement of Learning: North East Shingo Conference 2014

Continuous Improvement of Learning: North East Shingo Conference 2014

Mark’s note: Christina Kach is our guest blogger today, with a post about the recent North East Shingo Conference, where she was an attendee. See her past posts here. Recently, my coworkers and I had the opportunity to attend the North East Shingo Conference in Springfield, MA (presented by the Greater Boston Manufacturing Partnership, or GBMP). read […]

Guest Post: Poka Yoke… When It’s Personal

Guest Post: Poka Yoke… When It’s Personal

Mark’s Note: Today’s guest post is by Chris Burnham. I invited him to write this after I saw him share his pre-surgical “poka yoke” (or error proofing) on Twitter (caution: picture of feet). I asked him if “anybody was offended” by his abundance of caution and interest in not having the wrong foot operated on. […]

By October 8, 2014 4 Comments Read More →
Struggle with Change? Engagement Kata, The Essential Tool in the Innovation Toolbox

Struggle with Change? Engagement Kata, The Essential Tool in the Innovation Toolbox

Mark’s Note: Today’s post is by Dr. Mark Jaben, following up our recent podcast discussion. See his previous guest posts.  Hidden brain ————–> prefrontal cortex ————–> creativity Our brain is only willing to expend the necessary energy to be creative when the prefrontal cortex, our conscious awareness,  has analyzed all the possible responses it knows […]

By February 19, 2014 9 Comments Read More →
Guest Post: The Best #Lean Offense Isn’t Defense

Guest Post: The Best #Lean Offense Isn’t Defense

Mark’s note: Christina Kach is our guest blogger today, with a post written on a flight back from visiting what’s considered to be one of America’s best Lean companies/factories. A big part of Lean practice teaches us to find the real root cause in a problematic situation. This way when you are fixing something, you […]

By February 13, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Standardized Work? Why Are NFL Concussion Guidelines Not Always Followed?

Standardized Work? Why Are NFL Concussion Guidelines Not Always Followed?

Mark’s note: Ah, another NFL playoff weekend and time for another football post to follow up my apparent jinxing of the Eagles’ head coach Chip Kelly last week. Today’s guest post from Chad Walters is an intersection between sports, medicine, and Lean. Last weekend during the NFL playoffs, two players – David Bakhtiari of the […]

By January 11, 2014 9 Comments Read More →
Belated Book Review: The Machine That Changed The World

Belated Book Review: The Machine That Changed The World

Mark’s note: Christina Kach is back with a new post, this time a review of what should probably be considered a “Lean classic.” Come back tomorrow for my first podcast interview with one of the co-authors, Dan Jones. You can find my previous podcasts with Jim Womack on the Lean Podcast main page. Maybe this […]

By December 17, 2013 4 Comments Read More →
Guest Post: Book Chapter on VIBCO and “Captain Karl”

Guest Post: Book Chapter on VIBCO and “Captain Karl”

Mark’s note: Today’s guest post is an excerpt from the book Remarkable by Toby LaVigne. Toby’s bio can be found at the bottom of this post. In this chapter from the book, Toby writes about a good friend of mine and of this blog – Karl Wadensten, the President of VIBCO. You can watch or listen […]

By December 16, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Kaizen Coaching: Avoid the Shut Down

Kaizen Coaching: Avoid the Shut Down

Mark’s Note: Today brings another guest post from Joe Swartz, my co-author for our Healthcare Kaizen series of books. Read his previous posts here.    I also did a  podcast  with him about his experiences at the Franciscan St. Francis Health System. Also, check out  this video about their Kaizen approach. You can also read […]