How many times do we hear people say things like “We don’t have time for Lean” or “We don’t have time for Kaizen“? It happens a lot, right? As I’ve said before (and this video) a “lack of time” is a problem to solve…
Just Ask Why Five Times? Effective Problem Solving for #Lean or #LeanStartup Doesn’t Start or End There
We don’t just ask why. We start by properly defining and clarifying problems. Jumping straight to Five Whys is like jumping straight to “Learn” in the Lean Startup Build-Measure-Learn cycle.
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…
Lean is, of course, not about a better way to build cars. It’s a transferrable philosophy, management system, and methodology that is being applied in many different settings and industries, including healthcare. I’m often told (sometimes by somebody who is being sort of huffy): “Patients are not cars.” […]
Lean healthcare really is a global movement. Last year, when I went to Japan, we had people in the group from all across Asia, Denmark, Canada, the U.S., and Saudi Arabia. Health systems all around the world need to improve quality and patient safety, reduce waste and create better work environments, reduce waiting times, and […]
Through our practice of Lean, we’re looking at processes and our management system, looking to identify waste and opportunities for improvement. Lean is about engaging people to have them ask why we do things a certain way or if things could be better (it’s not about finding fault from on high and telling them what […]
Here’s a “Throwback Thursday” post from this date back in 2008. The post is titled, “Why Do Hospitals Have to Rely on Vigilant Patients and Families?” I think it’s still an important and relevant post, here in 2015. Why do we ask patients and families to be vigilant and inspect the work being done…
I’m going to be attending the Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco next month, as a “faculty member,” a moderator for a session, TBD, and maybe serving as a mentor. The organizers asked me to write a post introducing myself to that audience. Eric Ries, author of the book The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs […]
Today’s guest is Katie Anderson, and we’re talking about her experiences living in Tokyo for 18 months and what she’s learning about Lean culture, Japanese culture, and how those aren’t always one and the same…
Today’s podcast is presented with a heavy heart, after the recent passing of my friend Dr. Michel Téatrault, the CEO of St. Boniface General Hospital and a great Lean leader. He was a friend to many in the Healthcare Value Network and the broader Lean healthcare community. As I was remembering Michel, it occurred to me
The W. Edwards Deming Institute posted a video of Kevin Cahill, a grandson of Dr. Deming, welcoming people to the event and talking about innovation, or the desire that people have for it. But, they don’t know what to do…
Today’s guest is Eric Dickson,MD, MHCM, FACEP, the president and CEO of UMass Medical Center. Today’s podcast is a recording of an interview that I did on stage at the 2015 Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit, as part of the CEO panel I was moderating.
There’s a really good article that was published by Modern Healthcare as a special report, written by Sabriya Rice. Sabriya spent a week observing a rapid improvement event (RIE) at the Sts. Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center in Illinois. It’s an in depth article that, I think, very accurately reflects the reality that Lean is helpful, but the process isn’t easy for a number of reasons.
It’s tempting to visit a place like ThedaCare and then mandate “everybody must have huddle boards.” Then, a bunch of huddle boards get purchased and installed… and maybe not used. It’s another thing for executives to realize that they have to change the way they manage. There’s a great quote that ThedaCare folks readily share, including Kim Barnas in her book Beyond Heroes:
Joining me for episode #230 is Paul DeChant, MD, MBA to talk about reducing burnout, especially physician burnout, through Lean. Paul (see his bio here) is the former CEO of Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, a 300-physician multispecialty medical group in California’s Central Valley. Before that, he had stints at organizations including Geisinger Health System and the Palo Alto Medical […]
My two previous trips to Japan have been incredible experiences, both personally and professionally. I’m planning to go back in December with a tour group I’m helping organize with Kaizen Institute. When people go to Japan, I think they are expecting to see perfect Lean practices. But, no…
Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of September 14, 2015: Google Cars, Jon Taffer, Learning Simulations
Here’s the latest installment of “Key Tweets,” a post that summarizes some of my tweets (or retweets) from the week, including photos and other fun stuff. Follow me @MarkGraban and join the fun and the conversation. See the previous installments of Key Tweets here.
I was very saddened earlier to receive an email from an employee of a great leader, Dr. Michel Tétreault, informing me that he had passed away. Michel was, since 2005, the CEO of St. Boniface General Hospital in Winnipeg.