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#Ebola – The Glaring Gap Between Staff Education and Proper, Effective Training

#Ebola – The Glaring Gap Between Staff Education and Proper, Effective Training

I saw this headline the other day: “U.S. Soldiers Get Just Four Hours of Ebola Training” The phrase “just four hours” implies that it wasn’t enough. How do we know? Maybe four hours of training, done properly, is all that’s needed. It might also be four hours MORE than the amount of training given to […]

By October 18, 2014 11 Comments Read More →
The Real #VAscandal is the Long Waiting Times & Bad Management, Not Gaming by Bad Apples

The Real #VAscandal is the Long Waiting Times & Bad Management, Not Gaming by Bad Apples

Look at the System, Not the Individuals I’ve been wanting to blog about the “VA Scandal,” but have avoided it because it is somewhat politicized (as tends to happen), the allegations and story are moving quickly, and the whole thing just makes me sad, so I stop writing. Building on Monday’s post… when the news first […]

Memorial Day – A Reminder to Provide Better Care for Living Veterans

Memorial Day – A Reminder to Provide Better Care for Living Veterans

Today is Memorial Day, a U.S. holiday. It’s a day to honor those who have given their lives in military service. Lately, the news has had many reminders about our need to provide better care to our living veterans through the overburdened Veterans Administration (VA) medical system. Thanks to medical advances, more of our wounded […]

What I’ve Been Reading Lately: Not Doing Kaizen, Engaged Sailors, Etc.

What I’ve Been Reading Lately: Not Doing Kaizen, Engaged Sailors, Etc.

Every once in a while, I have too many browser windows open and it slows my computer down. That’s when I dump a bunch of links in a post that clears out the Lean Blog backlog. Dan Markovitz had a thought provoking post called “How not to build a kaizen culture in three easy steps,” […]

By February 28, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
We STILL Need to Reduce Waiting Times for Veterans

We STILL Need to Reduce Waiting Times for Veterans

Today is Veterans Day in the U.S. and it’s also Remembrance Day in Canada, the UK, and the Commonwealth countries. The poppy  pin is worn as a symbol of Remembrance Day (as I wore, at left, last week while in Scotland and England on vacation). Thanks and an enormous debt of gratitude are owed to […]

By November 11, 2013 2 Comments Read More →

Podcast #134 – The Sergeant Thomas Joseph Sullivan Center

Please upgrade your browser MP3 File (run time 31:45) Episode #134 is a different topic than usual. Instead of strictly talking Lean, today’s discussion is about broader issues of healthcare quality and our United States military. Joining me are Daniel Sullivan,  President and General Manager of the  The Sergeant Thomas Joseph Sullivan Center (SSC), a […]

By December 22, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Problems like This Should be the Focus of “Lean Government”

Problems like This Should be the Focus of “Lean Government”

The “Strong America Now” initiative has proposed there are opportunities to save $500 BILLION  a year from our U.S. federal government budget by using Lean and Six Sigma methods (I interviewed Mike George, the founder of the campaign here in a podcast). As an outsider, I’d believe that the OPPORTUNITY is there for such savings, […]

By October 4, 2011 6 Comments Read More →
Memorial Day Thanks & Links to Lean in the Military

Memorial Day Thanks & Links to Lean in the Military

I know about 35% of you are reading from outside of the United States, but it is a national holiday here today, Memorial Day. It is a day to remember those who gave their lives in service to their country and for the cause of freedom around the world. For those of you who are […]

How “Waste” is Like Osama Bin Laden

How “Waste” is Like Osama Bin Laden

A few days ago, as I was glued to the coverage of Osama Bin Laden’s death and the implications around the world, I was also writing a draft of an article about “waste” and Lean healthcare for a magazine… thoughts got somewhat intertwined and I had a few ideas about how the hunt for Bin […]

Best “Back of a Business Card” Ever, Seen at #HIMSS

Best “Back of a Business Card” Ever, Seen at #HIMSS

I was at the annual HIMSS  Conference yesterday, as a guest of the software company FormFast, giving short 10-minute talks about Lean Healthcare to audiences at their booth. It’s fair to say that it’s 10x harder to give a succinct 10-minute Lean intro talk than it is to give a 60-minute overview. There’s a lot […]

By February 22, 2011 11 Comments Read More →
Some "Like Lean" Thoughts from CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Some "Like Lean" Thoughts from CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta

CNN Programs – Anchors/Reporters – Sanjay Gupta I had a very full, interesting week – giving a well-received talk about Lean Healthcare at the Ontario Hospital Association convention, spending a day with a hospital east of Toronto, and hearing some thought provoking speakers in Toronto and back in Cambridge. CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta (subject of […]

By November 20, 2009 3 Comments Read More →

A Nearly Apocalyptic Workaround?

Inside the Apocalyptic Soviet Doomsday Machine: There was a fascinating article in a recent WIRED Magazine about Cold War nuclear response and defense systems. This one sidebar struck me as a classic workaround, if the story can be believed. When: 1960s What: Midway through the Cold War, American leaders began to worry that a rogue […]

By November 8, 2009 4 Comments Read More →

Error Proofing Against Pirates

Like many, I closely followed the recent pirate seizure of the Maersk ship with the American crew and was happy when the captain was free by the U.S. Navy. I wondered how a tiny boat with four pirates could board and overtake a huge ocean container ship. Then I read about how the pirates threw […]

These Wounded Soldiers Need Lean To Get Their Benefits?

These Wounded Soldiers Need Lean To Get Their Benefits?

Soldiers risk ruin while awaiting benefit checks I’ve read about this problem before… and at the risk of this turning too political, I’m going to address the issue. Wounded U.S. soldiers are reportedly waiting too long to get the benefits to which they’re entitled. In the case of one soldier: Stevens’ descent from Army private […]

A Japanese Paper on the Spread of TPS

CURRENTS / ‘Toyota way’ inspires lean practices From a Japanese newspaper, an article about the impact the Toyota Production System is having on organizations around the world. The first example is the U.S. military, the Air Force more specifically: Since embarking a decade ago on what it described as a “lean journey,” the U.S. Air […]

John Boyd, Lean Fighter Pilot Part II

By: Andy Wagner Harry Hillaker–Father of the F-16 Toyota’s Value Innovation: The Art of Tension Mark has written before about “Everyday Lean“, those little examples of error-proofing or kanban or flow that we see in our day-to-day lives. In a similar vein, one of my enduring lean fascinations is all the places where lean thinking […]

John Boyd, Lean Fighter Pilot Part I

By: Andy Wagner The OODA Loop & You I love examples of lean thinking that come from unexpected angles. Mike Gardner at the TPM Log recently brought up one of my favorite figures from the world of folks who embody lean without knowing it, the late US Air Force Colonel John R. Boyd.Boyd is most […]

Respect for People: US Army Edition

by Dan Markovitz strategy+business, the e-magazine from Booz, Allen & Hamilton, reports how the US Army is changing the way that it shares knowledge within such a massive organization. The new system is a powerful example of how respect for people and a focus on correcting systems can lead to huge improvements. The Army’s bureaucracy […]

By February 23, 2008 4 Comments Read More →