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It’s Easy to See Why Labor Would be Upset with This Hospital CEO

It’s Easy to See Why Labor Would be Upset with This Hospital CEO

Monday is Labor Day, a holiday here in the United States. Some nursing unions support Lean in healthcare, while others are in opposition. My stance is been that the unions should love Lean (since it  improves the workplace for their members), but they are right to criticize practices like layoffs and other things that aren’t really […]

By August 29, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
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 […]

Live Blogging Day 1: Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit 2014

Live Blogging Day 1: Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit 2014

Today is the first day of the 5th annual Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit. Follow along on Twitter with hashtag #HCSummit14 to see my tweets and thoughts from others. I will be adding updates to this post during the day, as well. These are not meant to be complete notes or a transcript… but quotable and interesting thoughts or comments […]

#Lean *IS* about Doing More with Less, But Be Careful Saying That

#Lean *IS* about Doing More with Less, But Be Careful Saying That

It’s often said that Lean is about “doing more with less.” Historically, and practically speaking, it’s true. But, it’s a phrase that we should be careful about, for a number of reasons. Looking back at the origins of the term “Lean” as “Lean Production” 25 years ago (read more here). Generally speaking, the term “lean” […]

AME Spring Conference: Art Byrne

AME Spring Conference: Art Byrne

Like yesterday’s “live blog” post about the Autoliv talk, I also wrote this post as Art Byrne talked, but held it for publication today. He is author of the book The Lean Turnaround: How Business Leaders Use Lean Principles to Create Value and Transform Their Company  and was my guest for episode #158 of my […]

Some Recent Interviews on Lean Healthcare & Kaizen

Some Recent Interviews on Lean Healthcare & Kaizen

I was fortunate to have three interviews published in the past week, where I was talking about Lean Healthcare and Kaizen, so I thought I’d share them here. Cutting Waste is More Important Than Ever: An Interview with Lean Healthcare Expert Mark Graban Mary Pat  Whaley asked me 10 questions about Lean Healthcare and published […]

What is Your Health System Doing to Reduce Costs? Process Improvement or Layoffs?

What is Your Health System Doing to Reduce Costs? Process Improvement or Layoffs?

While Lean is not primarily a cost-cutting methodology (or, we could say it’s not focused ONLY on costs), cost reduction is a common end result of improving safety, quality, flow, and other factors. Since 60 to 70% of a hospital’s costs are labor, typically, it’s tempting for hospitals to slash headcount when things get tight […]

Guest Post: 11 Common Misconceptions About Lean

Guest Post: 11 Common Misconceptions About Lean

Mark’s note: Here’s another great vacation guest post by Jeff Hajek: By Jeff Hajek Despite having been fairly main stream for going on three decades now, there are a surprising number of misconceptions about Lean. Here is a list of 11 of the top things people misunderstand about continuous improvement.   Lean means getting rid […]

By October 8, 2012 4 Comments Read More →
My Article: “Lean as an Alternative to Mass Layoffs in Healthcare”

My Article: “Lean as an Alternative to Mass Layoffs in Healthcare”

Almost two years ago, I wrote an article for FierceHealthcare.com called “How lean management helped hospitals avoid layoffs.” Here in 2012, I see headlines daily about a hospital somewhere in the U.S. who is “forced” to lay off staff (or they say they “have to” or they “have no choice”) in an attempt to cut […]

By September 7, 2012 1 Comments Read More →

Lean at the Peterborough (Ontario) Regional Medical Centre

Ontario’s Peterborough Regional Medical Centre is about 18 months into their Lean transformation. They are being featured in a series of four articles in their local newspaper, the first two of which are already out. Article one: LEAN machine at PRHC Article two: New RX remedy About LeanBlog.org: Mark Graban is a consultant, author, and […]

Reader Question: “No layoffs due to Lean” extends to “no demotions?”

In the Lean movement, organizations are often wise to have some variation on a “no layoffs due to Lean” policy, as I’ve written about before. Many healthcare organizations, including ThedaCare, have made this  commitment  quite publicly. Since Lean is about engaging everybody in system redesign and process improvement, it’s understandable that people won’t participate if […]

By February 7, 2012 19 Comments Read More →

My Article in “Hospital & Health Networks” on Waste in Healthcare

After last week’s piece on “putting the continuous back into continuous improvement,” I had another article published this past week. This new article was published in the publication “Hospitals & Health Networks,” co-authored with Rob Harding, and it’s called “Cut Costs by Reducing Redundant or Inefficient Activity.” I’m not totally crazy about the use of […]

By August 19, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
As Seen on TV: Random Lean Terms in Commercials

As Seen on TV: Random Lean Terms in Commercials

On a recent Sunday morning, I was watching cable news channels and two different commercials had a word jump out at me, words that are commonly used in the Lean management system. One commercial featured the term “mistake proofed” and another used the term “right-sized.” Let’s talk about the terms and what they mean. About […]

Fox News Channel Understands “Lean” Better than the WSJ

Fox News Channel Understands “Lean” Better than the WSJ

On Friday, there was yet another Wall Street Journal article about Lean (fixating as they always do on the “Just In Time” component). The article titled “For Lean Factories, No Buffer” yet again takes an outdated 1980s view that Lean is about low inventory. On the flip side, I was more pleasantly surprised that Fox […]

Doofus and Leanie Cartoon #4 – GM vs. Toyota

Doofus and Leanie Cartoon #4 – GM vs. Toyota

It has been a while since I’ve collaborated with artist Ed Butler on a “Doofus and Leanie” cartoon (Ed was also the artist for Wii Lean and the satirical “Lean Sensei” app. The recent reactions of GM (layoffs) and Toyota (no layoffs) to the production shutdowns caused by parts shortages caused by the Japan earthquake […]

GM Blames Layoffs on the Japan Earthquake and JIT; Should Instead Look in Mirror

GM Blames Layoffs on the Japan Earthquake and JIT; Should Instead Look in Mirror

Let me give a big ole’ Texas-sized hat tip to Bob Emiliani for sending me this sad article with the headline“General Motors lays off workers at NY plant.” This is an addition to earlier Shreveport layoffs. The media will let GM off the hook as the parts shortages are the result of the tragic Japan […]

A Few Random Links – Oct 22 2010

It’s time for a Lean Blog feature where I throw a few links at you – articles I’ve saved and read that maybe don’t merit a full post, but are worth sharing and making a brief comment on. I often send links like this out via Twitter (follow me @LeanBlog). About LeanBlog.org: Mark Graban is […]

By October 22, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
My Guest Article on Lean as an Alternative to Hospital Layoffs

My Guest Article on Lean as an Alternative to Hospital Layoffs

Thanks to FierceHealthcare.com for publishing my guest article on the front page of their site: “How lean management helped hospitals avoid layoffs.” The article features quotes from two of our Healthcare Value Network organizations, ThedaCare and Akron Children’s Hospital, and two other outstanding hospitals, Denver Health and Avera McKennan. You can read the full article […]

By October 1, 2010 6 Comments Read More →