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Notes from Meeting Masaaki Imai

Notes from Meeting Masaaki Imai

What a great time on Thursday with Masaaki Imai! We were hosted by a non-profit organization, SightLife, that has used Lean to improve the way they collect, process, and ship corneas to transplant patients around the world. It’s a bit of a cliche’ to say that Lean allows us to see the world through “new […]

Stuff I’m Reading, April 4, 2012: Staffing Levels, Death Rates, Student Projects

Here are links to some more articles I’ve read recently that might be of interest on a number of Lean related topics: THE MORE THE MERRIER (The New Yorker) – “But there’s a strong case to be made that corporate America’s fetish for cost-cutting has gone too far.” Hospital performance rewards fail to cut death […]

Lots of Great Lean Healthcare Progress in Iowa

Lots of Great Lean Healthcare Progress in Iowa

Thanks to Dean Bliss for sending an article to me about some of the great Lean healthcare work taking place in Iowa. I’ve visited Iowa a number of times to give talks and visit hospitals and I know many of the leaders from their involvement in the Healthcare Value Network. There have been many people […]

By February 27, 2012 2 Comments Read More →
Guest Post: Demand for #Lean Professionals Now Exceeds #SixSigma?

Guest Post: Demand for #Lean Professionals Now Exceeds #SixSigma?

Mark’s note: This is a guest post by Tim Noble of The Avery Point Group. Does this assessment match your view, from the hiring side or from the perspective of a job seeker? Leave a comment and share your thoughts. Ongoing Surge in Demand for Continuous Improvement Talent May Also Be Signaling a Decoupling of […]

By February 23, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

ASQ Member Videos on Quality, Their Careers, and Their Lives

As mentioned in Monday’s post with Podcast #131 (Paul Borawski, CEO of the American Society for Quality), ASQ had a contest where members could submit videos about the impact of Quality on their careers and lives. The page for their “YouQ” contest is hosted within Facebook, which means many of you won’t be able to […]

By November 30, 2011 1 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 →

Radiology Patient Flow Improvement Using Lean at a German Hospital

This is the first Lean article or case study I recall seeing about a German hospital: “JACR: Lean Six Sigma increases MRI productivity.” The article clearly articulates the benefits for patients, staff, and the hospital –  University Hospital Giessen and Marburg. The hospital, using “Lean Six Sigma” was able to “double the percentage of patients […]

By September 20, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
Dear “Lean Six Sigma” Crowd – Lean is About Quality, Too

Dear “Lean Six Sigma” Crowd – Lean is About Quality, Too

First off, I’m not trying to dredge up a “Lean vs. Six Sigma” battle here. I’m not “anti-Six Sigma.” I’m not a huge proponent of the methodology and I don’t practice Six Sigma personally, but I see a place for a structured statistical quality improvement methodology to help solve certain complex problems. What I *do* […]

Video Presentation on Reducing Healthcare Waste & Improving Care

Video Presentation on Reducing Healthcare Waste & Improving Care

Last week, I posted a podcast with Mike George, founder of Strong America Now, an organization that is promoting Lean and Six Sigma methods to our political leaders and government. Much of the discussion, maybe unfortunately, was focused on Mr. George and his approach (“Lean Six Sigma”) rather than the potential for using Lean to […]

Podcast #125 – Mike George on Lean Six Sigma for Government & Politicians

Podcast #125 – Mike George on Lean Six Sigma for Government & Politicians

Please upgrade your browser MP3 File (run time 17:50) My guest for Podcast #125 is Mike George, the founder of Strong America Now, a “nonprofit organization dedicated to mobilizing and educating citizens to support only those Presidential candidates who commit to eliminating the deficit with no new taxes.” In this episode, George talks about his […]

Links to Dilbert Cartoons on #Lean and/or #SixSigma

Links to Dilbert Cartoons on #Lean and/or #SixSigma

I’ve often blogged about Dilbert and “dilbert lean” is a fairly common search term, so I thought I’d do my best to compile all of the Lean or Six Sigma related strips that I could find into a single post, providing links to them:. If I’m missing anything, let me know. You can reach this […]

Podcast #121 – About the New Ohio State University Healthcare MBOE Program

Podcast #121 – About the New Ohio State University Healthcare MBOE Program

Please upgrade your browser MP3 File (run time 20:09) Today’s episode is a discussion with Mrinalini Gadkari, a  Senior Lecturer at the Fisher College of Business. Today, we’re talking about the new  Master of Business Operational Excellence (MBOE) for Healthcare Program that is starting this fall. We’ll talk about how the program is structured, who […]

Newt Endorses Lean & Six Sigma for Government; Staff Quits on Him

Newt Endorses Lean & Six Sigma for Government; Staff Quits on Him

I met Newt Gingrich at the Ontario Hospital Association conference in late 2009, as I blogged about here: “Meeting Newt Gingrich, a Lean Champion.” Yesterday morning, I was told that Newt had given an endorsement of the use of Lean and Six Sigma methods to help reduce waste in government, as reported here: “Newt Gingrich […]

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 […]

Podcast #118 – Jim Womack on GM, Toyota & Lean Six Sigma

Podcast #118 – Jim Womack on GM, Toyota & Lean Six Sigma

Please upgrade your browser MP3 File (run time 29:14) Episode #118 is a follow up to podcast #116 with  Jim Womack, founder and former Chairman of the Lean Enterprise Institue, now their Senior Advisor and author of the new book “Gemba Walks,” available in paperback, Kindle format, iBooks, and other formats. In this episode, we […]

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 […]

Funny Six Sigma Parody Site: ISSISSIPPI.org

Funny Six Sigma Parody Site: ISSISSIPPI.org

I stumbled across this site a few week ago and would have shared it for April Fools’ Day if I hadn’t presented a joke of my own, the A3 Sensei app. This site, ISSISSIPPI.org, purports to be a group called “The International Six Sigma Institute and Secret Society for Imperious Professionals of Process Improvement.” There […]

Guest Post: Continuous Improvement’s Continuous Mistakes

Mark’s Note: Today’s guest post is from Dan Feliciano (@DanFeliciano on Twitter), a lean six sigma professional and former candidate for Governor of Vermont. I recently attended the IQPC’s 12th Annual Lean Six Sigma & Process Improvement Summit in Orlando.  The summit is spun as drawing “together everything your organizational team could need in 2011 […]

By February 16, 2011 19 Comments Read More →