Tag: Kaizen

“Practicing Lean” Excerpt from a New Chapter – Bob Rush from Tesla Motors

“Practicing Lean” Excerpt from a New Chapter – Bob Rush from Tesla Motors

Chapter 8 is written by Bob Rush, who currently works as a Lean Manufacturing Group Leader at Tesla Motors. Tesla, of course, is in the building that was the former NUMMI factory…

By January 15, 2016 1 Comments Read More →
Doctors Bash “Taylorism” and “Toyota Lean” in the New England Journal of Medicine

Doctors Bash “Taylorism” and “Toyota Lean” in the New England Journal of Medicine

In the article posted today, Pamela Hartzband, M.D., and Jerome Groopman, M.D. (the later the author of the popular book How Doctors Think), rant about all sorts of things… some of which have nothing to do with Lean…

By January 13, 2016 52 Comments Read More →
Wise Words from Mark Twain on Continuous Improvement and Perfection

Wise Words from Mark Twain on Continuous Improvement and Perfection

A hat tip goes to Brian Buck for sharing this quote via email recently. Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain, was a pithy and wise man. I didn’t remember this quote, but it is attributed to him. It’s very appropriate for the type of work we do…

By January 13, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Recording: Free Webinar with Jon Miller on “Practical Problem Solving”

Recording: Free Webinar with Jon Miller on “Practical Problem Solving”

On Tuesday, I hosted, via KaiNexus, a webinar with Jon Miller on the important topic of “Practical Problem Solving,” a structured 8-step method for solving problems. I wrote a blog post about this for the KaiNexus blog, previewing the webinar and summarizing the steps of the PPS method: read more photo by:

By January 8, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
More Notes on Dr. Deming & “If Japan Can, Why Can’t We?” (Part 3)

More Notes on Dr. Deming & “If Japan Can, Why Can’t We?” (Part 3)

Hopefully you’ve already seen the famed 1980 NBC documentary “If Japan Can, Why Can’t We?” that featured Dr. W. Edwards Deming. I posted a link to the video and some notes on Part 1 of the broadcast. Today, I’d like to blog about Part 3 of the program…

By January 6, 2016 3 Comments Read More →
My Post for @KaiNexus: Webinar Highlights from @MaryGreeley Medical Center

My Post for @KaiNexus: Webinar Highlights from @MaryGreeley Medical Center

Yesterday, I had a post published over on the KaiNexus blog: Webinar Highlights: See How These Two Elements Spread Improvement I shared some highlights from an outstanding webinar that was presented by two improvement leaders from Mary Greeley Medical Center, in Ames, Iowa. They talk about their different modes of improvement, how they’ve gotten senior […]

By December 29, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Lean Leadership and Progress at Mary Greeley Medical Center [Webinar Recording]

Lean Leadership and Progress at Mary Greeley Medical Center [Webinar Recording]

Free webinar tomorrow… One of our customers that has made great strides with daily continuous improvement throughout their hospital in the past year is Mary Greeley Medical Center (MGMC) in Ames, Iowa…

By December 9, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
MDs Can Earn a CME Credit from AMA, Learning about Lean

MDs Can Earn a CME Credit from AMA, Learning about Lean

Today, I’m sharing a link to some free “Lean 101” material that the AMA has created for physicians. I’m not sure when this initiative launched, but I just learned about it… the AMA is offering some online education about Lean in healthcare…

By December 8, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
You Got Them to Do What? Getting a Hospital to Dedicate 16 Weeks of Staff Time to Lean

You Got Them to Do What? Getting a Hospital to Dedicate 16 Weeks of Staff Time to Lean

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…

By November 30, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
It’s Not the Worker’s Fault – in 1980 or Today (Part 1 of “If Japan Can, Why Can’t We?”)

It’s Not the Worker’s Fault – in 1980 or Today (Part 1 of “If Japan Can, Why Can’t We?”)

Recently, I shared the famed 1980 NBC documentary, “If Japan Can, Why Can’t We?” that essentially introduced W. Edwards Deming to a mainstream Western business audience. Today, I’m going to share some highlights and thoughts from Part 1 the program (which runs 76 minutes in its entirety). read more

By November 27, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of November 16, 2015: #LeanStartup Conference, #Deming & More

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of November 16, 2015: #LeanStartup Conference, #Deming & More

Here’s the latest installment of “Key Tweets,” a weekly post that summarizes some of my tweets (or retweets) from the week, including pictures and other fun stuff. Follow me @MarkGraban and join the fun and the conversation.

By November 21, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Fighting Against “The Way We’ve Always Done It” – Before Lean or With Lean

Fighting Against “The Way We’ve Always Done It” – Before Lean or With Lean

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 […]

By November 9, 2015 11 Comments Read More →
Is Fear the Only Reason Employees Don’t Speak Up?

Is Fear the Only Reason Employees Don’t Speak Up?

Last week, as I had mentioned, was our first ever KaiNexus User Conference. We had a great time with our customers and it was amazing to see them share their progress and lessons with each other. I gave a keynote talk on “Getting Back to Basics with Lean.” We also had a professor, Ethan Burris…

By November 4, 2015 6 Comments Read More →
One Does Not Simply “Implement Lean”

One Does Not Simply “Implement Lean”

In the past, I used the term “implement Lean” and it’s a hard habit to break. Back in about 2008, my client in the British NHS system really didn’t like the term “implement.” One of the internal process improvement leads made a good case that the word “implementation” implied an effort that had an end…

By November 2, 2015 13 Comments Read More →
Podcast #233 – Katie Anderson, A Lean Thinker Living in Japan

Podcast #233 – Katie Anderson, A Lean Thinker Living in Japan

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…

By October 14, 2015 5 Comments Read More →
How Kaizen & Continuous Improvement are Key to Northwestern’s Stellar Defense

How Kaizen & Continuous Improvement are Key to Northwestern’s Stellar Defense

Many of you don’t care about football, but you might find it interesting, as I did, to learn that Northwestern’s defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz is apparently a fan of Kaizen…

By October 8, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
Trying Too Hard to Force Innovation (or Kaizen) Can Backfire

Trying Too Hard to Force Innovation (or Kaizen) Can Backfire

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…

By October 6, 2015 4 Comments Read More →
Podcast #231 – Dr. Eric Dickson, Starting with Lean at UMass Memorial

Podcast #231 – Dr. Eric Dickson, Starting with Lean at UMass Memorial

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.

By September 29, 2015 0 Comments Read More →