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Intuit CEO Brad Smith & Lean Thinking

Intuit CEO Brad Smith & Lean Thinking

I was happy to see this article in FORTUNE’s recent issue: “Brad Smith, Intuit CEO: How To Be A Great Leader: Get Out Of The Way.” Smith (@IntuitBrad) talks about the Lean Startup concept often called “getting out of the office” to see how customers live and work.  Toyota would call this “Genchi Genbutsu” (go […]

Report to President Obama Endorses Lean & Systems Engineering in Healthcare

Report to President Obama Endorses Lean & Systems Engineering in Healthcare

I recently saw a tweet that referenced a May 2014 that was sent to President Obama and his administration: “Report to the President - Better HealthCare and Lower Costs: Accelerating Improvement Through Systems Engineering.” The report was written by the “President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology,” or PCAST, and a working group that includes professors, […]

Podcast #204 – Paul Plsek, Lean & Innovation at Virginia Mason

Podcast #204 – Paul Plsek, Lean & Innovation at Virginia Mason

MP3 File (run time 34:37) Joining me today for Episode #204 is Paul Plsek (@PaulPlsek) and we’re talking about his excellent book (a Shingo Research Award recipient this year) titled Accelerating Health Care Transformation with Lean and Innovation: The Virginia Mason Experience. Virginia Mason, of course, is Virginia Mason Medical Center, the outstanding Lean organization […]

Webinar Recording: What to Do When you Have Lots of Employee Ideas

Webinar Recording: What to Do When you Have Lots of Employee Ideas

At KaiNexus, Dr. Greg Jacobson and I have been doing new webinars each month (see the library here). Our most recent one was hosted by our friends and partners at Gemba Academy, so thanks to them for that and all of their support. Last week’s webinar is archived on our website, which you can access […]

Picking on the PICK Chart

Picking on the PICK Chart

The so-called “PICK chart” has become a pretty common sight in healthcare as a way of visualizing and prioritizing Lean or Kaizen improvement ideas. The concept was supposedly invented at Lockheed Martin, but it’s a pretty common-sensical approach that’s used to sort and rank ideas based on two dimensions: Impact the idea would have (low […]

Just Do It? Don’t Forget to Then Just Study It and Just Adjust It

Just Do It? Don’t Forget to Then Just Study It and Just Adjust It

I had a great conversation with my fellow Lean healthcare blogger, Brian Buck, the other day. We talk about once a month or so… Brian claims I am mentoring him, but it’s a great two-way exchange and discussion that I always learn from. Brian asked a really interesting question: “How many ‘just do its’ are […]

A Little Kaizen in Baseball – The Washington Nationals’ Bullpen

A Little Kaizen in Baseball – The Washington Nationals’ Bullpen

I saw this article over the holiday weekend: “Nats install bullpen seating for relievers.” The Washington Nationals relief pitchers asked to have a set of raised bleacher seats installed so they could view the game from above the fence instead of through the fence - see the article link for a picture or see this tweet: Big day […]

What People Say is Their “Biggest Challenge Related to Innovation and Improvement”

What People Say is Their “Biggest Challenge Related to Innovation and Improvement”

Yesterday’s post was about some of our work at KaiNexus and today’s post is hosted over on the KaiNexus Blog: Challenges to Innovation and Improvement In the post, I share some of the survey reflections that were shared with us by attendees of our webinars (our next one is on July 9, hosted by Gemba Academy). […]

Continuously Improving our KaiNexus Continuous Improvement Webinars

Continuously Improving our KaiNexus Continuous Improvement Webinars

For the past few years, Dr. Greg Jacobson and I have worked closely together to create and deliver our continuous improvement webinars. We try to share content that is useful to customers and others who are interested in improvement and the webinars also give us an opportunity to practice what we preach – and what […]

Dilbert’s Colleague “Jeff’ and “That Will Never Work”

Dilbert’s Colleague “Jeff’ and “That Will Never Work”

The Dilbert strip from June 18 features a (new?) colleague of Dilbert’s… a guy named Jeff. In the first panel, Jeff shows himself to be a Negative Nelly: The practice of Kaizen requires a certain positivity. Instead of pointing out “here’s why that won’t work,” we need to focus more on asking “how do we make […]

My Thoughts on “10 Ideas That Hospital and Health System CEOs Need to Ditch,” Including Blame

My Thoughts on “10 Ideas That Hospital and Health System CEOs Need to Ditch,” Including Blame

I saw this piece by Bob Herman at Becker’s Hospital Review and ended up writing a blog post here instead of writing a long comment there. The piece is: 10 Ideas That Hospital and Health System CEOs Need to Ditch I was happy to see ThedaCare’s CEO Dr. Dean Gruner quoted – listen to my podcasts […]

Why Isn’t the “Idea Driven Organization” More Common?

Why Isn’t the “Idea Driven Organization” More Common?

Mark’s Note: This is a guest post from an old friend of the blog, Mark Edmondson. See his older guest posts from years back. He originally posted this on the AME website and he agreed to have me re-post it. Alan Robinson and Dean Schroeder, the authors of the Lean classic Ideas Are Free: How the […]

Lean Healthcare Study Tour – Join Me in November 2014

Lean Healthcare Study Tour – Join Me in November 2014

You might remember that I partnered with Kaizen Institute about two years ago to do their first “Lean Healthcare Study Tour” to Japan. I blogged a bit about the last trip last week. It was a great learning experience, as a group of healthcare leaders and Lean practitioners from around the world spent a week […]

My Personal Kaizen on Scheduling Meetings – Fewer Emails and Less Time

My Personal Kaizen on Scheduling Meetings – Fewer Emails and Less Time

One of the key aspects of the Kaizen process is that we SHARE completed improvements with others. That’s a key principle that Joe Swartz and I wrote about in Healthcare Kaizen, and it’s a key aspect of the KaiNexus software platform. Another important Kaizen behavior is leading by example and I try to do that. One […]

Spurs Win the NBA Title: Systems, Learning, Teamwork, & Leadership

Spurs Win the NBA Title: Systems, Learning, Teamwork, & Leadership

Since my wife and I moved to San Antonio just over two years ago, we’ve become big Spurs fans. Since the Spurs are the only major pro sports team here, it’s basically a civic obligation to get behind our local team. The ThedaCare folks and others in Appleton and Green Bay feel that way about […]

Visiting Two Japanese Hospitals with an Eye for Lean; I Can’t Wait to Go Back

Visiting Two Japanese Hospitals with an Eye for Lean; I Can’t Wait to Go Back

In November 2012, I had the opportunity to visit Japan for the first time as part of a Lean healthcare study mission. It was fascinating to compare notes with colleagues from the U.S., Belgium, and Holland as we visited factories, including a Toyota plant, and two hospitals that are using the methodology – at least […]

Cleaning out the Backlog: Krafcik, Email, Lincoln, Leadership, Humility, Patient Falls

Cleaning out the Backlog: Krafcik, Email, Lincoln, Leadership, Humility, Patient Falls

As I sometimes do, I’m going to close out a bunch of browser tabs and share some articles that caught my eye recently but don’t merit full blog posts of their own. I’m cleaning out the LeanBlog backlog and trying to reduce inventory… so here we go: Where is Jon Krafcik Now? You might remember […]

Podcast #201 – WorkOut Process at Mary Greeley Medical Center

Podcast #201 – WorkOut Process at Mary Greeley Medical Center

MP3 File (run time 37:21) Joining me for episode #201 are Ron Smith, a Process Improvement Coordinator/Lean Facilitator at Mary Greeley Medical Center (in Iowa) and Suz Kaprich, a consultant with KaiNexus (disclosure: I’m on the management team of KaiNexus and have an ownership stake in the company). Today, they are talking about a three-month “WorkOut” […]