Tag: LAME

Another Conversation About L.A.M.E. and Lean in Manufacturing and Healthcare

Another Conversation About L.A.M.E. and Lean in Manufacturing and Healthcare

It’s far too common to see somebody with just a little bit of understanding about Lean do things that really shouldn’t be described as Lean at all… in terms of the decisions they are making or the approaches they are taking. I saw an article about Lean in physician practices: “Lean Practice Management for Physicians.” […]

By August 31, 2015 7 Comments Read More →
So-Called “Just in Time” Retail Staff Scheduling is not #Lean At All

So-Called “Just in Time” Retail Staff Scheduling is not #Lean At All

Stories like this have been in the news before, but this was circulating the past few days: “Why erratic schedules are one of the worst parts of low-wage work.” The story refers to so-called “just-in-time” scheduling techniques that jerk employees around and disrupt lives. It happens to share a term, “JIT” with “Lean manufacturing” or […]

By August 21, 2015 5 Comments Read More →
Throwback Thursday: How My Blog Rant Helped Keep an Office 5S Initiative from Being “L.A.M.E.”

Throwback Thursday: How My Blog Rant Helped Keep an Office 5S Initiative from Being “L.A.M.E.”

It’s time for another Throwback Thursday where I revisit a blog post from the past. To the left, that’s a baby Mark Graban… probably not actually thinking about Lean. I referenced this post in my recent Keith Olber-Lean parody video… the post goes all the way back to 2007, the early days of Lean Blog: […]

Throwback Thursday: Be Lean, not L.A.M.E.

Throwback Thursday: Be Lean, not L.A.M.E.

Today’s post is a throwback to an essay that I originally wrote for the excellent book Lean-Led Hospital Design: Creating the Efficient Hospital of the Future, where it appears in an appendix with some other contributed essays. You can listen to my podcast with the authors, Charles Hagood and Naida Grunden. Reminder — check out the […]

Lean: Hit or Myth? Layoffs, Patient-Centered Care, and More

Lean: Hit or Myth? Layoffs, Patient-Centered Care, and More

It’s not uncommon to hear statements thrown around about Lean that are more of a myth than anything resembling reality. I remember the time a professor told a group that if Toyota ran a health clinic, a buzzer would go off at the end of the planned appointment time and the patient would be kicked […]

Why is Today “#WorldNoResourcesDay” and Why Do Words Matter?

Why is Today “#WorldNoResourcesDay” and Why Do Words Matter?

I learned about this the other today via Twitter (hat tip to @agile_memes), but today is “World No Resources Day” (see hashtag #WorldNoResourcesDay). See the small website at http://worldnoresourcesday.com/ and their thoughts on “why should I join in?” I’m not sure who is behind this. It’s probably not some Communist May Day thing. Maybe it is. Even if it […]

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 […]