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“Quality Circles” Are Alive & Well in Japanese Organizations; We Might Call it A3 Problem Solving

“Quality Circles” Are Alive & Well in Japanese Organizations; We Might Call it A3 Problem Solving

One question I was asked to ask during my Japan trip was to see if “Quality Circles” are still active in Japanese companies. I think the term was brought to the U.S. in the 1980s and 1990s, but generally wasn’t widely adopted for a number of reasons – probably due to management mindsets and organizational […]

By November 20, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
Our Toyota Tour Guide’s Kaizen

Our Toyota Tour Guide’s Kaizen

We just finished our second day of our Kaizen Institute Japan Lean Tour and it’s been great so far. Follow us via the hashtag #KaizenTour on Twitter for more real-time updates. Monday afternoon, we visited Toyota’s Tsutsumi plant in Toyota City, where they produce Prius and Camry models. In the theme of being an “eco-factory” for […]

By November 18, 2014 7 Comments Read More →
Follow our Japan Lean Healthcare Tour via Twitter

Follow our Japan Lean Healthcare Tour via Twitter

Konichiwa from Nagoya! Starting today, we have a group of 18 people here in Japan, including 13 doctors, some nurses, and healthcare senior leaders from around the world. I’ll eventually be blogging about aspects of the trip, but you can follow along in somewhat real time via Twitter this week. Mr Masaaki Imai now talks […]

By November 16, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
This Awesome Video Shows What Kaizen Looks Like at Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network

This Awesome Video Shows What Kaizen Looks Like at Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network

Thanks to my friend (and future co-author) Mike Stoecklein for sharing this video (and a blog post) about his Healthcare Value Network visit to Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network. The video shows many employees from many different departments at what they call an “ACT Fair” – an improvement fair where different departments highlight how they “act” to improve. […]

By November 14, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Video: Endoscopy Nurses are “Kaizen Crazy” at Franciscan St. Francis Health!

Video: Endoscopy Nurses are “Kaizen Crazy” at Franciscan St. Francis Health!

Today, I’m traveling to Tokyo, but I’m still thinking of the amazing nurses and leaders at Franciscan St. Francis Health in Indiana. Through my co-author Joe Swartz, the director of business transformation, their work is featured heavily in our book Healthcare Kaizen. I hope to share their examples and inspiration next week with our hosts and my […]

By November 12, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Kaizen Makes People Smile

Kaizen Makes People Smile

Last Wednesday, I gave a presentation on Lean, Kaizen, and continuous improvement for healthcare at the Dutch Lean Event conference. The organizers said they want their event to be a “festival” with a fun atmosphere. They had a DJ (you read that right) playing lively music the whole time during networking breaks, even at 8:30 in […]

By November 10, 2014 0 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 →
“Lean Koffie” in The Netherlands; Smells & Tastes the Same as Our “Coffee”

“Lean Koffie” in The Netherlands; Smells & Tastes the Same as Our “Coffee”

Back in September, I wrote about our most recent “Lean Coffee” gathering in San Antonio, where people from different healthcare organizations talked about their improvement efforts. As part of my visit to The Netherlands this week, Marc Rouppe van der Voort (pictured below with me), arranged a gathering of healthcare improvement professionals who participate in their […]

By November 5, 2014 4 Comments Read More →
Free Webinar Tomorrow – #Lean & Daily Management by @KaiNexus

Free Webinar Tomorrow – #Lean & Daily Management by @KaiNexus

Tomorrow, at 1 pm Eastern, Dr. Greg Jacobson and I are giving a KaiNexus-sponsored webinar: Daily Management with KaiNexus: From Huddle Boards to Web-Based Technology I’ll be talking about daily Lean management practices, such as: Strategy deployment Process audits / rounding Performance measures Kaizen & staff ideas Daily standup meetings (“huddles”) I’ll explain the practice […]

By October 27, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Not the Safest Way to Win “Toast Kaizen?”

Not the Safest Way to Win “Toast Kaizen?”

I’m guessing that many of you know Bruce Hamilton’s wonderful “Toast Kaizen” video from GBMP. When I use clips of the video for teaching Lean and Kaizen principles, part of the discussion is about how to go from the current state to the future state. How can we improve the process to make the right […]

By October 23, 2014 3 Comments Read More →
Kaizen Coaching: Don’t Give People Answers, Let Them Learn

Kaizen Coaching: Don’t Give People Answers, Let Them Learn

Last week, I taught a pilot session of a new class on Kaizen and continuous improvement that I taught for visitors to the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value. Unlike other workshops that have assumed people are starting from scratch, this was designed around exercises, simulations, discussions, and two “gemba visits” to see daily team huddles […]

By October 21, 2014 5 Comments Read More →
Kaizen: Throat Scopes & Applesauce

Kaizen: Throat Scopes & Applesauce

During my recent visit to Franciscan St. Francis Health System, some of the nurses proudly called themselves “Kaizen Queens” (and there was one self-described “Kaizen Princess”) although they also use the term “Kaizeneer” that Franciscan uses more broadly. In the endoscopy department, they have implemented more than 750 improvements so far this year (in a […]

By October 20, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
KaiNexus Education Video #11: Perfect vs. Good

KaiNexus Education Video #11: Perfect vs. Good

Note: Our next free KaiNexus webinar will be held on Tuesday, October 28: “Daily Management with KaiNexus: From Huddle Boards to Web-Based Technology.” Register today to hear me and Dr. Greg Jacobson share our experiences and stories from our customers. About two years ago, we produced some short two- to three-minute education videos about Lean, Kaizen, […]

By October 16, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Denver Jail’s Suggestion Box (and Problems) in the News

Denver Jail’s Suggestion Box (and Problems) in the News

The Denver jail and its suggestion box program made the local news, thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request: “9 quotes from Denver Jail suggestion box” What do we see in the one image from the video, at left? The common lament of “MORE STAFF.” This is a common lament across industries, including in […]

By October 14, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
GM CEO Mary Barra Celebrates Employee Kaizen

GM CEO Mary Barra Celebrates Employee Kaizen

Time magazine recently featured GM’s relatively new CEO, Mary Barra, on the cover and in this story: “Mary Barra’s Bumpy Ride at the Wheel of GM“ I can’t find a free version of the story online. Here is a USA Today summary that says “Five things ‘Time’ revealed about GM CEO Mary Barra.” I’ve been critical […]

By October 13, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
A Visit to Franciscan St. Francis Health: A Workforce “Unleashed” by Kaizen

A Visit to Franciscan St. Francis Health: A Workforce “Unleashed” by Kaizen

Last week, I had the opportunity to spend a day with my Healthcare Kaizen co-author Joe Swartz and his colleagues at one of the three hospitals in the Franciscan St. Francis Health system. It was my second visit and, like the first, it reinforced my view that a culture of continuous improvement really is possible […]

“Many hands make light work”

“Many hands make light work”

When considering what it takes to create “a culture of continuous improvement,” many people complain that they don’t have time. They don’t have time, as leaders, and their employees don’t have time. As I’ve asked before, are they making excuses or solving that problem to create time? Sometimes, a single manager tries to do too […]

By October 6, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
KaiNexus Education Video #10: Improving Communication

KaiNexus Education Video #10: Improving Communication

About two years ago, we produced some short two- to three-minute education videos about Lean, Kaizen, and continuous improvement for KaiNexus. These were intended as short coaching sessions that would be sent to our customers / users and we’ve also shared them publicly. Dr. Greg Jacobson and I re-shot these videos recently with a professional […]

By October 3, 2014 0 Comments Read More →