Tag: Safety

How Lean Thinkers Shop? Plus the Lean Blog Holiday Gift Guide 2016

How Lean Thinkers Shop? Plus the Lean Blog Holiday Gift Guide 2016

I’m guessing most “Lean thinkers” stayed home the other day on the “Black Friday” shopping day. Why might this be?

For one, I think we tend to put safety first, so we avoid jostling, pushing, and shoving for discounts (and the injuries that can follow, sadly).

By November 28, 2016 2 Comments Read More →
Toronto Cyclist Error Proofs With a “Pool Noodle” to Improve His Safety

Toronto Cyclist Error Proofs With a “Pool Noodle” to Improve His Safety

This article from the Toronto Star caught my eye the other day:

Cyclist says his pool noodle makes Toronto streets safer for him

There was a law passed in Ontario requiring drivers leave one meter of space between them and cyclists. This doesn’t always happen, as there have been almost 900 collisions between bikes and cars to date this year in Toronto.

By October 21, 2016 5 Comments Read More →
Bad Systems & Training, Weak Problem Solving, and Poor Supervision Cause Cancelation of NFL Pre-Season Game?

Bad Systems & Training, Weak Problem Solving, and Poor Supervision Cause Cancelation of NFL Pre-Season Game?

The cancelation of a meaningless NFL exhibition pre-season game is probably one of the least important problems in the world. But, it happened recently and the “comedy errors” is interesting to think about.

By August 23, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Could Lean Thinking Have Prevented the Recent Disney Tragedy?

Could Lean Thinking Have Prevented the Recent Disney Tragedy?

Mark’s Note: I’m going to be away from the blog through July 15, releasing a podcast or two… but here’s another guest post from our friend, Paul Critchley:

For many families, making a trip to Walt Disney World is the quintessential family vacation. My wife and I started planning our Disney trip years ago. We knew we wanted to wait until our daughters were old enough to be able to 1) Remember the trip and 2) Not need to be carried. Although the latter didn’t quite work as planned all the time, I’m certain the former will. With all the anticipation you’d imagine, we finally made the journey last month.

Meet a Lean Blog Sponsor: Creative Safety Supply; Their “Gemba” Infographic

Meet a Lean Blog Sponsor: Creative Safety Supply; Their “Gemba” Infographic

Thanks to the team at Creative Safety Supply for their sponsorship of LeanBlog.org. They’ve been running ads in the right sidebar since 2013. They’re a great fit for this blog because of their products that support safety and visual methods, two important aspects of Lean. Their current ads are for Lean Posters and for a 5S Guide / Poster.

Mr. Burns From the Simpsons is, No Surprise, a Safety Hypocrite

Mr. Burns From the Simpsons is, No Surprise, a Safety Hypocrite

We can probably all use a mid-week chuckle… I used to be a die hard fan of The Simpsons. I’ve drifted away from watching the show over time, but a friend recommended that I was the season finale.

Updates: NICU Innovation, Labs, MLB Netting, VA Waiting (and Cheating)

Updates: NICU Innovation, Labs, MLB Netting, VA Waiting (and Cheating)

I recently saw some updates and new details related to some topics I’ve covered here on the blog, so I’m combining them into this batch update.

In this post, we cover everything from a hospital NICU, to baseball, to healthcare waiting times and a scandal there that won’t die.

Throwback Thursday: I Was Lucky To Survive This Taxi Ride

Throwback Thursday: I Was Lucky To Survive This Taxi Ride

Today and tomorrow, I’m going to be at the annual Society for Health Systems conference in Houston. I’m doing the Deming Red Bead Experiment today and I’m participating in a panel discussion tomorrow. If you’re here, please say hello!

By February 18, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Throwback Thursday: Various Posts from February 4th, Across 11 Years

Throwback Thursday: Various Posts from February 4th, Across 11 Years

My blog turned 11 years old last month. Thanks to everyone for reading! I looked back, as a Throwback Thursday, and found a number of really good posts that were published on this date...

By February 4, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
The Shared Interests & Goals of Lean and the Patient Safety Movement

The Shared Interests & Goals of Lean and the Patient Safety Movement

Later today and tomorrow, I’ll be attending the annual World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit that’s produced by a non-profit called the Patient Safety Movement. If you’re also at the event, please say hi! Follow the event on the hashtag #0X2020.

By January 22, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Happy Labor Day 2015: Good Jobs, Safe Jobs

Happy Labor Day 2015: Good Jobs, Safe Jobs

It's the Labor Day holiday in the United States today, so I'm trying to minimize my own labor (that said, I'll be working a bit... on the 3rd revised edition of my book Lean Hospitals... by choice... and not for an hourly wage). Many people ARE working today, including folks at the grocery store, the gym, and other stops I might make.

By September 7, 2015 4 Comments Read More →
Lean Thoughts at a Toronto Blue Jays Game

Lean Thoughts at a Toronto Blue Jays Game

I love what I do and I travel a lot… the travel can sometimes be a drag, such as last Monday’s flight delays with storms in Chicago, arriving in Toronto three hours late (after midnight). But, sometimes things work out in a surprisingly good way.

By August 18, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Why This Sushi Company Policy Letter Should be Copied by Hospitals – As Long as They All Actually Live by It

Why This Sushi Company Policy Letter Should be Copied by Hospitals – As Long as They All Actually Live by It

I love the Texas-based grocery store chain “Central Market.” It’s like a local version of a Whole Foods, basically.

One of their features is a sushi area that’s run by a third-party company, Yummi Sushi.

A Lean Guy Reads the Boston Papers: Facts, Respect, and Baseball Fan Risks

A Lean Guy Reads the Boston Papers: Facts, Respect, and Baseball Fan Risks

My wife and I were in Boston over the weekend, as it was her fifth reunion from her MIT master’s program. I’m also an alum, but was considered a “guest” since I graduated 16 years ago from my program and you don’t have to have an MIT degree to know 16 divided by 5 is not an integer.

Why Would These Workplace Slogans Be Offensive to Employees?

Why Would These Workplace Slogans Be Offensive to Employees?

Reminder: I’m doing a webinar today with Dr. Greg Jacobson, CEO of KaiNexus, titled “How To Spread Continuous Improvement” and I hope you’ll join us. Register if you can attend live at 1 pm CDT or we’ll send you a link to the recording.

Lean Factories and Lean Hospitals Are Safer and They’re Better Listeners

Lean Factories and Lean Hospitals Are Safer and They’re Better Listeners

When we introduce the idea of Lean to healthcare organizations, it’s very common for somebody (often a senior physician) to say something like,

“But we don’t want assembly line medicine.”

Stuff I’m Reading March 2015: Womack, Sweatshops, Hospitals, and Surveys

Stuff I’m Reading March 2015: Womack, Sweatshops, Hospitals, and Surveys

As often happens, I have too many open browser tabs full of articles that I was going to potentially blog about. Too much WIP (a problem that Jim Benson will discuss in our upcoming Boston workshop).

So, it’s time for me to clear out my backlog and to share some articles I’ve been reading with some quick notes, instead of full blog posts. Well, I got my backlog down by three. I’ll try again next week with some shorter blurbs about more articles, perhaps.

A Story About a Hospital Putting Safety First Over Patient Satisfaction

A Story About a Hospital Putting Safety First Over Patient Satisfaction

In yesterday’s blog post (“Safety is always our top priority” – From lip service to daily practice?“), I challenged hospital leaders to back up the “happy talk” with real action and stories about putting safety first. It’s easier said than done.

By February 26, 2015 6 Comments Read More →