Tag: Lean Hospitals

What These Nurses Had to Say About “Lean Hospitals”; Free Gift with Pre-Order

What These Nurses Had to Say About “Lean Hospitals”; Free Gift with Pre-Order

I recently learned that a company called Anderson Continuing Education offers continuing education (CE) credits for nurses related to my book Lean Hospitals. See their page for my book. I am still trying to learn more, but they will sell the book or, if you already own the book, you can just buy a quiz (that can […]

Lean Hospitals: Thoughts from a Health System C.O.O. on Lean, Purpose, and Safety

Lean Hospitals: Thoughts from a Health System C.O.O. on Lean, Purpose, and Safety

In the previous editions of my book Lean Hospitals, I’ve included case examples from Avera McKennan Hospital and Avera Health. Fred Slunecka is the former president of Avera McKennan and he is now chief operating officer for the Avera system. I talked with Fred again for the updated and revised third edition (available for pre-order now, shipping […]

Free  Chapter – Upcoming 3rd Edition of “#Lean Hospitals”

Free Chapter – Upcoming 3rd Edition of “#Lean Hospitals”

The revised, updated, and expanded third edition of my book Lean Hospitals has been sent to the printer and copies should start shipping by mid June. I’m happy to now be offering a free PDF of the revised first chapter. You can click here to download the PDF (newsletter registration required): read more

#Lean: The Toyota Production System is Mainly About the Philosophy

#Lean: The Toyota Production System is Mainly About the Philosophy

Things are coming along with the 3rd revised edition of my book Lean Hospitals. There’s a lot of “batch and queue” processing (and delays) in the publishing value stream. A few weeks back, the publisher threw the “first pages” over the proverbial wall to me. These are the first typeset pages in PDF form that have […]

By February 24, 2016 12 Comments Read More →
Where Do Hospitals Get the Idea that Lean is Only About Cost Reduction?

Where Do Hospitals Get the Idea that Lean is Only About Cost Reduction?

It’s very frustrating when I hear people in healthcare complain that their hospital or health system has equated Lean with cost savings — only focusing on cost reduction or primarily focusing on it…

By January 12, 2016 18 Comments Read More →
Updating a Vision, Again, for Lean Hospitals (or Lean Health Systems)

Updating a Vision, Again, for Lean Hospitals (or Lean Health Systems)

Back in 2011, I asked for and received some great input from readers about updating a chapter for the second edition of my book Lean Hospitals on “A Vision for Lean Hospitals.” A lot has changed in the healthcare environment over four years (as has our understanding of Lean, both generally speaking and in healthcare). So it’s […]

By September 1, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
I Wish I Could Say I Intentionally Made This Mistake to Illustrate a Point

I Wish I Could Say I Intentionally Made This Mistake to Illustrate a Point

As I mentioned on Monday, I’m working on a 3rd revised edition of my book Lean Hospitals. Traditional book publishing is a funny (and sometimes frustrating) value stream, in a lot of ways. There are many batches and many queues along the way… one of the reasons it takes so long to transform a Word .DOC manuscript […]

By August 26, 2015 3 Comments Read More →
Updating “Lean Hospitals” and a New eBook, “Practicing Lean”

Updating “Lean Hospitals” and a New eBook, “Practicing Lean”

Hopefully you’re aware of my book Lean Hospitals. It was first published in 2008 and I was able to do a second, revised edition that was released in 2011. Traditional book publishing doesn’t really allow any sense of continuous improvement, other than maybe fixing a spelling error in a new printing of an edition. So, changes […]

Lean Post: Standardization is a Countermeasure, Not a Goal

Lean Post: Standardization is a Countermeasure, Not a Goal

Today’s post is being hosted by the Lean Enterprise Institute and their “Lean Post” blog… click on the headline below or the image to read: “Standardization is a Countermeasure, Never the Goal“ It’s a post that encourages people to “ask why” when thinking about standardized work, 5S, and other Lean practices. Instead of thinking “what […]

“You get what you expect and you deserve what you tolerate.”

“You get what you expect and you deserve what you tolerate.”

Along my Lean journey, I learned an expression about the role of leaders and I shared this in my first book Lean Hospitals. Last year, this phrase somehow “went viral” via Twitter when Tariq Trotter, aka @BlackThought, (co-founder of hip-hop “neo-soul” band The Roots) tweeted the phrase with attribution to me (which isn’t quite correct because […]

By February 10, 2014 8 Comments Read More →
Back from Vacation; Chinese Translation; Champagne Gemba Time

Back from Vacation; Chinese Translation; Champagne Gemba Time

I’m back from vacation and, as with any good vacation, I’m trying to get back into the swing of things with work and the blog. Thanks again to all of my great guest bloggers from the past two weeks. One thing that was waiting for us when my wife and I returned was the Chinese […]

By October 15, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
ASQ Influential Voices: Happy Quality Professionals?

ASQ Influential Voices: Happy Quality Professionals?

In this month’s installment of the “ASQ Influential Voices” blog series, ASQ President Paul Borawski asked, “Are Quality Professionals Happy On the Job?,” citing a study published in  Forbes Magazine that named software quality assurance engineer as the “happiest job” in the U.S.. read more

Reader & Book Reviewer Question: The Business Case for Lean Healthcare?

Reader & Book Reviewer Question: The Business Case for Lean Healthcare?

Dr. Jaap van Ede, a Dutch journalist and researcher on business improvement methods (such as Lean, Six Sigma, TOC, QRM, and TPM), has posted a summary and review of my book Lean Hospitals. The review is titled “A well-balanced introduction to Lean in hospitals.” His summary can be viewed at left (click for a larger […]

By February 8, 2012 5 Comments Read More →
What’s Changed in Lean Healthcare Since 2008?

What’s Changed in Lean Healthcare Since 2008?

It’s been three years since the first edition  of my book Lean Hospitals: Improving Quality, Patient Safety, and Employee Engagement  was published. The second edition  came out last week and I’ve tried to reflect a bit on what has changed in the past three years on the Lean healthcare front. I’m also curious to hear […]

By November 17, 2011 6 Comments Read More →
Now Shipping! “Lean Hospitals,” 2nd Revised Edition (w/ 20% Off)

Now Shipping! “Lean Hospitals,” 2nd Revised Edition (w/ 20% Off)

It’s official – the 2nd revised edition of my first book, Lean Hospitals: Improving Quality, Patient Safety, and Employee Engagement, is now shipping from Amazon.com! Other country sites, like Amazon.ca and Amazon.co.uk don’t have their inventory yet. Ah, paper and global supply chains!. I received my author’s box of books on Friday and sent off […]

By November 14, 2011 3 Comments Read More →
Update on Lean Hospitals, 2nd Edition – Download the New Chapter 1

Update on Lean Hospitals, 2nd Edition – Download the New Chapter 1

Today’s post is an update on the 2nd revised edition of my first book, Lean Hospitals: Improving Quality, Patient Safety, and Employee Engagement. The final edits and fully typeset book have been sent to the printer and Amazon currently shows no date – but it should be available by December 1, if not earlier, based […]

By October 18, 2011 8 Comments Read More →
25% off on Pre-Orders of “Lean Hospitals,” 2nd Edition

25% off on Pre-Orders of “Lean Hospitals,” 2nd Edition

The 2nd revised edition of my book Lean Hospitals can be pre-ordered from Productivity Press for a 25% discount. The book should be available in early November. Click here for more details on the discount offer. You can also, if prefer, pre-order the book through Amazon. It will be available via Kindle and other ebook […]

By September 29, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

The Global Spread of “Lean Hospitals”

I’m in beautiful Traverse City, Michigan for a few days for the Michigan Lean Consortium annual conference. It’s my home state, so it’s great to see the collaboration around lean healthcare and lean, more generally. Michigan, along with other industrial states like Wisconsin and Iowa, have been strong adopters of lean healthcare, but the ideas […]

By August 11, 2011 6 Comments Read More →