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Overcapacity and Overproduction in the Auto Industry (and Healthcare)

Overcapacity and Overproduction in the Auto Industry (and Healthcare)

I’ve seen this going around social media the past few days, an article with shocking pictures of all of the cars and trucks that have been built, only to sit in huge inventory yards around the world: “Where the World’s Unsold Cars Go To Die.” The photos are dramatic, including this one: Note: The Jalopnik […]

Kaizen Adventures in My Hometown of Livonia, Michigan

Kaizen Adventures in My Hometown of Livonia, Michigan

I’m in my home town of Livonia, Michigan this week, having arrived to the snow and cold yesterday, staying through Thursday. Boy, my blood has really “thinned out” from 15 years of mostly living in Texas or Arizona. I made sure my rental car (a very mediocre Ford Fusion) has heated seats. I also made […]

By January 20, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Guest Post: 11 Common Misconceptions About Lean

Guest Post: 11 Common Misconceptions About Lean

Mark’s note: Here’s another great vacation guest post by Jeff Hajek: By Jeff Hajek Despite having been fairly main stream for going on three decades now, there are a surprising number of misconceptions about Lean. Here is a list of 11 of the top things people misunderstand about continuous improvement.   Lean means getting rid […]

By October 8, 2012 4 Comments Read More →

Weekend Fun: GMBP’s “WIP IT”

Ah, the perks of subscribing to the GBMP’s YouTube channel… this might be basically a world premiere, breaking news video release. I *never* thought I’d see and hear Bruce “Toast” Hamilton singing Devo. And wearing the hat. And cracking a whip. (For those who don’t get the joke, WIP = Work In Process inventory) About […]

Not Exactly News – TSA Wastes Money

Not Exactly News – TSA Wastes Money

While the hurdles to systemic Lean healthcare transformation are high (see the payment system challenges discussed in John Toussaint’s new book), I am generally optimistic that we can significantly improve healthcare. I am, however, very cynical about attempts to apply much “Lean government” thinking (such as ASQ’s Paul Borawski’s earnest questions about government and quality). […]

Missing the Inventory Target at Target & Lessons Learned

Missing the Inventory Target at Target & Lessons Learned

Over the weekend, I went to a local Texas Target store to buy a Christmas-themed gift card. I checked a few registers and all I could find were for new babies, birthdays, or “LOVE.” Not a single Christmas, winter, or holiday gift card to be found in the entire front of the store, the grocery […]

By December 19, 2011 8 Comments Read More →
Hoarders and Stashers? Ask Why…

Hoarders and Stashers? Ask Why…

Short post today, but a simple message, I think. One of the best lessons I’ve learned about Lean management is about the need to ask “why?” Don’t assume, don’t blame – ask why. It’s a very common situation in a hospital to find hoarders everywhere. Be very careful when you enunciate that word, “hoarders,” or […]

By November 18, 2010 11 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 →

WSJ Wrongly Blames Apple Inventory Problems on “Lean Manufacturing”

OK, so I’ll admit I had a case of “rabbit ears” when I took the WSJ to task for calling the doomed BP Deepwater Horizon rig a “lean” operation. They were using the colloquial everyday use of “lean,” a term that can get in the way of understanding the real “lean manufacturing” principles and approaches […]

Guest Post: The Secret to Lean is Saying No

Guest Post: The Secret to Lean is Saying No

Mark’s note: Yes, I’m still on vacation. I’m very thankful for my cadre of guest bloggers, including today’s guest, Jeff Hajek. Jeff is an active blogger at his site “Gotta Go Lean” and he is the author of the book  Whaddaya Mean I Gotta Be Lean? Building the bridge from job satisfaction to corporate profit, […]

Ten (Mostly) Common Misconceptions About Toyota & Lean

Ten (Mostly) Common Misconceptions About Toyota & Lean

Ten Common Misconceptions About Toyota | Quality Digest I found this interesting column from Quality Digest, by Stewart Anderson, a guy who says he has first hand experience with Toyota people and suppliers. The website bio page requires registration to view, which is a ridiculous request of QD, I believe. So out of principle, I’m […]

By October 27, 2009 5 Comments Read More →

Exec from Seattle Children’s on Lean Healthcare in the Washington Post

Patrick Hagan: Waste Not, Want Not: The Key to Reducing Costs – washingtonpost.com Here is an outstanding piece from the President & Chief Operating Officer of Seattle Children’s Hospital, Pat Hagan. Coincidentally, I just recorded a podcast today with Joan Wellman, a Lean healthcare consultant who helped get them going on their journey. I had […]

By October 13, 2009 2 Comments Read More →

USA Today Features Lean in Hospitals

Hospital CEOs manage staff time, inventory to cut costs – USATODAY.com It’s nice to see a major publication covering Lean and, especially, Lean in healthcare. This time, it was USA Today who, again, did a better job than the WSJ normally does. The article highlights some of the opportunities and successes that hospitals are having […]

By September 11, 2009 3 Comments Read More →
Airbus "Violated Key Tenet of Lean"?

Airbus "Violated Key Tenet of Lean"?

Airbus Aims to Pull Back Without Stalling – WSJ.com: This recent article about Airbus talks about facing a challenge of declining airplane orders. Airbus said Friday that it booked orders for just 16 planes in March, compared with 54 orders in March 2008 and 37 orders the previous year. The company has said it may […]

Sunday Brunch Thoughts

Sunday Brunch Thoughts

So it’s Sunday morning, I have a cup of coffee at the ready… nice quiet, peaceful, sunny Sunday morning (you can tell we don’t have kids). Last Sunday, my wife and I went to a local restaurant that had been advertising their weekend brunch menu. As we were seated, we were handed the regular normal […]

Just an Emergency

SHIPPING, SHIPBUILDING AND OFFSHORE NEWS Toyota’s overproduction and inventory emergency (thanks to Jason for the tip): Toyota is currently renting a ship in the Swedish port of Malmö: to store 2,500 unsold autos. “It’s an emergency measure that we had to take due to storage space issues,” EUobserver reports Toyota press spokeswoman Anne Gaublomme as […]

Soup Analyst Doesn’t Understand Just-In-Time

Soup Analyst Doesn’t Understand Just-In-Time

Campbell Soup Cools as Grocers Cut Stocks – WSJ.com: Saw an article yesterday about Campbell Soup sales falling because retailers, including Wal-Mart were being more efficient in their supply chain and inventory management. Makes sense to me. Tom Schoewe, chief financial officer of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., told analysts last week that the company “clearly exceeded […]

By February 25, 2009 5 Comments Read More →
Of Course Inventories are Swelling in Long, Slow Supply Chains

Of Course Inventories are Swelling in Long, Slow Supply Chains

Firms Race To Regain Control Over Inventories – WSJ.com With the dramatically slowing global economy, it’s no surprise that companies and supply chains are getting socked with excess inventories right now. The WSJ discussion very quickly turned to software: The economic downturn is hitting companies so hard and so fast that even those that have […]

By February 10, 2009 2 Comments Read More →