Tag: LAME

We Can’t Ignore “Lean Horror Stories” or That Cheeseburger Ain’t Healthy Eatin’

We Can’t Ignore “Lean Horror Stories” or That Cheeseburger Ain’t Healthy Eatin’

When people ask me why I do what I do, my first answers are: improving patient safety creating better workplaces for people It’s as simple as that. Those are the important problems that I’m passionate about (and have been able to help fix, at least in some local situations). At a more global scale, too […]

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of March 16, 2015

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of March 16, 2015

Here’s the latest installment of “Key Tweets,” a post that summarizes some of my tweets (or retweets) from the week. Follow me @MarkGraban. See the previous installments here. If you’re reading this via email or RSS, you might get a better experience by clicking through to view it on the website because it will display article link […]

#Throwback Thursday – “Lean Sigma” is Still Pretty Often Wrong on Lean

#Throwback Thursday – “Lean Sigma” is Still Pretty Often Wrong on Lean

Last weekend, at a patient safety conference, I heard a physician talk about “robust process improvement” and this, thankfully, included an endorsement of Lean methods. That’s the good news. The bad news was that the physician who was presenting trotted out what appeared to be a tired and incorrect framing of Lean and Six Sigma, […]

By January 29, 2015 14 Comments Read More →
My Cogent, Academic Analysis of the “Fake Lean” Problem & “Muppets Most Wanted”

My Cogent, Academic Analysis of the “Fake Lean” Problem & “Muppets Most Wanted”

Today’s post is published over on LinkedIn, as part of the “Influencers’ program that I’m a part of. Kermit the Frog & Lean Management: How Could Something So Right Feel So Wrong? It’s a silly piece (in honor of “Muppets Most Wanted” being released on home video today) but it has a serious message. “Fake Lean” […]

By August 11, 2014 5 Comments Read More →
This Date in Lean Blog History: August 6

This Date in Lean Blog History: August 6

My blog will turn 10 years old in February, 2015. You’re probably either thinking, “Wow, that’s awesome!” or “Get a life, dude.” :-) Here’s a look back at some of the posts from August 6 in past years… what was I writing about? 2013: Podcast #183 – Scott Sambucci, Lean Startup Ideas for Sales 2012: Dr. Donald […]

It’s Awful When the Person Teaching #Lean Doesn’t Get the Bad 5S Joke

It’s Awful When the Person Teaching #Lean Doesn’t Get the Bad 5S Joke

Long-time readers might remember this post of mine from February 2007: Bad Lean/5S Hits the UK Media Please check out that post. It’s a classic example of what I shortly thereafter started (in March 2007) calling “L.A.M.E.” or Lean As Misguidedly Explained. In that post, I shared a picture from the UK news article that typifies […]

A Sad Story About “Lean” That Wasn’t Really Lean Management At All

A Sad Story About “Lean” That Wasn’t Really Lean Management At All

In March, I wrote a post titled “Is it Lean’s Fault or the Old Management System’s?” about how people’s complains about Lean are actually often complaints about old management mindsets. Unfortunately, what’s described as “Lean” in an organization is sometimes not a transformation in management thinking… in those cases, it’s really just a few new tools […]

More on Lean in Saskatchewan

More on Lean in Saskatchewan

Since the healthcare improvement work I do is apolitical and non-partisan, I’m generally not one to butt into the political affairs of Canada or other countries. But, when I hear complaints about Lean or when it’s being called a “scam” and a “cult” by some in Saskatchewan (read here), my ears perked up and I […]

Is it Lean’s Fault or the Old Management System’s?

Is it Lean’s Fault or the Old Management System’s?

It’s easy for an organization to say they are “doing Lean” or they have “started a Lean transformation.” They might hire a consultant or put out a press release… or maybe there’s an optimistic (but premature) news article about how the hospital or health system is going to turn around with Lean. The problem is […]

A Little Knowledge is a Dangerous Thing – 5S & #Lean

A Little Knowledge is a Dangerous Thing – 5S & #Lean

I read this valid complaint from somebody on a LinkedIn group…. it led to a “facepalm” that I managed to catch on camera: I interviewed with a medium sized company for a quality Manager position a while back. They were convinced that 5S is lean. They referred to 5S as the “five pillars” of lean. A […]

By January 17, 2014 22 Comments Read More →
More “Lean Office” Silliness

More “Lean Office” Silliness

An old friend of mine (whose name and company remains confidential) recently saw me reference an old blog post on Facebook. I had posted a link to this old post about Kyocera’s “Lean Office” initiative that focused on neatness and, among other things, said employees could not hang sweaters on the back of their office […]

Can’t Always Believe Somebody Saying “Toyota Would Tell You To…”

Can’t Always Believe Somebody Saying “Toyota Would Tell You To…”

From my experience, you have to be cautious when somebody says either, “Lean says you should….” or “Toyota would tell you to…” because those statements, even if stated authoritatively, can be wrong. At a recent speaking engagement (I won’t disclose where), a professor (one who teaches about Lean) made a curious comment that I’d put […]

April Fool: Announcing my Next #Lean Book Project – Baby’s First Lean Book

April Fool: Announcing my Next #Lean Book Project – Baby’s First Lean Book

After the nice response to Lean Hospitals and  Healthcare Kaizen, I often get asked, “So, what’s your next book going to be?” (other than the upcoming  Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen, that is). I’ve had people suggest writing something about Lean in ambulatory care and outpatient clinic settings. Or maybe an introductory Lean book for […]

Lean is Patient, Lean is Kind

Lean is Patient, Lean is Kind

Today I’m linking to a guest post that I wrote for my friend Marc Rouppe van der Voort who works at St. Elisabeth Hospital (Tilburg, Netherlands) and has a blog in Dutch (with auto Google translation). Marc used to maintain a separate blog in English  (which he stopped because Google does such a good job he […]

The 9th Type of #Lean Waste – Tape?

The 9th Type of #Lean Waste – Tape?

I was preparing for the Gemba Academy webinar that I’m doing next Tuesday (you can still sign up) on  Stories about the Eight Types of Waste in Healthcare. I found this fun picture from about 2008 that I decided to incorporate into my talk. I was leading some 5S work in an X-ray area, where […]

What I’m Reading: Paul Levy’s Blog

What I’m Reading: Paul Levy’s Blog

I sometimes do a “What I’m Reading” post where I share links to good stuff I’ve read recently. Today, I’m dedicating such a post to some recent missives from my friend Paul Levy and his excellent blog, “Not Running a Hospital” (he’s a former hospital CEO). Paul is currently at the IHI National Forum and […]

By December 11, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Just Call it “5S Six Sigma” Instead of “Lean Sigma,” Please

Just Call it “5S Six Sigma” Instead of “Lean Sigma,” Please

My whole career, I have worked with the Lean methodology (aka the Toyota Production System). I’ve just really never done much with Six Sigma. I’ve read about Six Sigma and I took a Green Belt course when I worked at Dell in the late 90s. I’ve studied and used statistical methods (especially what I learned […]

By October 22, 2012 23 Comments Read More →
“L.A.M.E.” in the News; These Three Articles Get Lean Wrong

“L.A.M.E.” in the News; These Three Articles Get Lean Wrong

As the creator of the admittedly awkward L.A.M.E. acronym (meaning Lean As Mistakenly Explained or Lean As Misguidedly Executed), one burden is that I often get emails tipping me off to L.A.M.E. sightings. In a nutshell, it’s L.A.M.E. when a company does something awful that’s not at all in line with accepted Lean or “Toyota […]

By September 14, 2012 12 Comments Read More →