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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 6 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). The […]

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 →
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 […]

Kaizen Coaching – The First Rule: Keep Ideas with the Creator

Kaizen Coaching – The First Rule: Keep Ideas with the Creator

Mark’s Note: Today’s guest post is by Joe Swartz, my co-author for the books  Healthcare Kaizen  and  The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. Joe will be a regular contributor in the future and I also did a  podcast  with him about his experiences at the Franciscan St. Francis Health System. Also, check out  this video […]

The Continuous Improvement Tower of Babel

The Continuous Improvement Tower of Babel

Mark’s Note: I’m away on vacation through November 6… there will be some guest posts in this spot during that time. Today’s post is by Richard Campos, who I met when he took my “Healthcare Kaizen” class in Denver back in April and we’ve kept in touch since then.   By Richard Campos “Let us […]

By November 4, 2013 4 Comments Read More →
The Power of Asking “What Do You Think?”

The Power of Asking “What Do You Think?”

Mark’s post: I’m still away on vacation, but happy to have some guest bloggers, including Chad Walters. Unlike his past posts, today’s not about Lean in sports… and I think you’ll enjoy it. Obviously one of the most important questions we ask in the field of continuous improvement is “Why?” and for very important reasons […]

By November 1, 2013 4 Comments Read More →
Detect Instead Of Inspect

Detect Instead Of Inspect

Mark’s Note: I’m away on vacation through November 6… there will be some guest posts in this post during that time. Today’s post is by Brian Buck, a long-time friend of this blog and a frequent contributor of some very funny Lean Memes! Check out his blog, Improve with Me. By Brian Buck: Before I […]

By October 30, 2013 4 Comments Read More →
The Affordable Care Act – Good, Bad, or What’s the Difference?

The Affordable Care Act – Good, Bad, or What’s the Difference?

Mark’s Note: I’m away on vacation through November 6… there will be some guest posts in this post during that time. Today’s post is by Dean Bliss, a good friend of mine who has worked in Lean healthcare for a long time now, in many different capacities. In my work in Lean healthcare over the […]

By October 28, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
Digital Pathology Software Company PathXL on Their Journey to Becoming a Lean Enterprise

Digital Pathology Software Company PathXL on Their Journey to Becoming a Lean Enterprise

Mark’s Note: Today’s post is a guest post by Nial Toner, who works for PathXL in the UK. I thought this was an interesting post because it touches on leader behaviors and team dynamics in a setting that we don’t often talk about here – a technology and R&D setting. I’ll be away on vacation […]

By October 25, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
‘Lean and Green’ is Free

‘Lean and Green’ is Free

Mark’s note: What follows is a guest post by Keivan Zokaei about the necessary and unsurprisingly overlap between Lean principles and environmental stewardship. I wrote about this dynamic in a 2010 blog post: “Lean Leads to Green, Which Supports Lean,” about the work done by one of my former clients, Children’s Medical Center Dallas. By […]

By October 11, 2013 12 Comments Read More →
Key Takeaways from the 2013 Northeast Shingo Prize Conference

Key Takeaways from the 2013 Northeast Shingo Prize Conference

Mark’s Note: Today’s post is by a regular guest contributor, Christina Kach. I was disappointed that I couldn’t attend this year’s event in Massachusetts, but I was happy that Christina put together this summary.   Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Northeast Shingo Prize Conference in Hyannis, Massachusetts. Over the course of […]

Guest Post: How Standardized Does a Kaizen Process Need to Be?

Guest Post: How Standardized Does a Kaizen Process Need to Be?

Mark’s Note: Today’s post is by a colleague from The Netherlands, Erwin Haas. Erwin is a leader in a Dutch consulting firm, NextChange, a formal partner of KaiNexus. I am the chief improvement officer at KaiNexus. By Erwin Haas A couple of weeks ago, I talked with a Lean coach at a Dutch Hospital and […]

By September 24, 2013 2 Comments Read More →