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Podcast #199 – Jeff Gothelf, #LeanUX

Podcast #199 – Jeff Gothelf, #LeanUX

MP3 File (run time 34:03) Joining me for episode #199 is Jeff Gothelf (@jboogie), talking about “Lean UX” or “Lean User Experience,” a key method for software development, usually used in conjunction with design thinking, agile development, and Lean Startup business practices. Jeff is author of the book Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve […]

Preaching to the Choir: Lean Works Everywhere

Preaching to the Choir: Lean Works Everywhere

Some of you might have seen it, but I wrote a piece for the LinkedIn Influencers series about how the “Lean Manufacturing” principles are being used in various “knowledge work” settings – including healthcare, education, software, government, financial services, etc. Here it is: “Lean” is Not Just for Manufacturing – It Applies to Knowledge Work […]

By February 7, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The power of the (Lean) startup mindset

The power of the (Lean) startup mindset

Last week, while in Canada, I saw this article in the Globe & Mail: “The power of the startup mindset.” I was surprised that the word “Lean” didn’t appear in the headline (there was physical space for it in the print edition). It was basically an article about the “Lean Startup” methodology, but it didn’t […]

By November 27, 2013 3 Comments Read More →
Digital Pathology Software Company PathXL on Their Journey to Becoming a Lean Enterprise

Digital Pathology Software Company PathXL on Their Journey to Becoming a Lean Enterprise

Mark’s Note: Today’s post is a guest post by Nial Toner, who works for PathXL in the UK. I thought this was an interesting post because it touches on leader behaviors and team dynamics in a setting that we don’t often talk about here – a technology and R&D setting. I’ll be away on vacation […]

By October 25, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Upcoming Webinars with Mark Graban, Shingo, and KaiNexus

Upcoming Webinars with Mark Graban, Shingo, and KaiNexus

Here are a few upcoming free webinars that I am participating in… I hope you are interested and can attend: Mark Graban & Joe Swartz – Healthcare Kaizen Join  Shingo Research Award recipients, lean experts and authors of  Healthcare Kaizen, Mark  Graban and Joe Swartz, as they present an hourlong Shingo-sponsored live webinar. Whether you […]

By October 10, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Podcast #155 – Jim Benson (@ourfounder), “Personal Kanban”

Podcast #155 – Jim Benson (@ourfounder), “Personal Kanban”

Please upgrade your browser MP3 File  (run time 28:18) Joining me for episode #155 is Jim Benson, author of the book Personal Kanban: Mapping Work | Navigating Life. Jim is the founder of a company with a great name, Modus Cooperandi. He is, most notably, the creator of the “personal kanban” approach for managing work. […]

“Blame & Shame” is Shameful

“Blame & Shame” is Shameful

Many leaders in healthcare (including John Toussaint, Paul Levy, and others) are working to eliminate the “name, blame, and shame” culture that often exists in hospitals. This push (in my mind) started with W. Edwards Deming, who taught that 94% of problems are caused by the  system, and continued to the modern patient safety movement, […]

Update on KaiNexus – Making Improvement Easier in New Ways & Places

Update on KaiNexus – Making Improvement Easier in New Ways & Places

It‘s been about a year since I started working with a software startup KaiNexus. We’ve made a lot of progress in that year, refining our product, signing on more early adopter customers, and adding more talent as we continue pretty much bootstrapping our growth. We recently released  our first iOS app for our customers and […]

Podcast Interview on “Lean Healthcare” for the ScrumCast Show

Podcast Interview on “Lean Healthcare” for the ScrumCast Show

Today, I’d like to share a podcast where the ScrumCast hosts,  Derek Neighbors and Clayton Lengel-Zigich, interviewed me about Lean in healthcare. Their audience is primarily IT and software people working with Lean-related methodologies called agile, scrum, “Lean Startups,” etc. They asked great questions and this discussion, about 16 minutes, might serve as a good […]

Quitting a Software Application: Safari vs. Chrome & Error Proofing

Quitting a Software Application: Safari vs. Chrome & Error Proofing

The two primary web browsers I use these days on my Mac are Safari and Chrome. I’ve always been a big user of keyboard shortcuts, whether in Microsoft Office or other software. In Safari, when trying to close a single tab, the shortcut is Command-W. If you accidentally hit Command-Q (right next to W, of […]

By August 26, 2011 4 Comments Read More →
Of Blogs and Books (or from Solo to Silo); The Need for Lean in Publishing

Of Blogs and Books (or from Solo to Silo); The Need for Lean in Publishing

As a kid, I always enjoyed writing and, at one point, dreamed of being a baseball beat writer, like the father  of one my best friends from elementary school who got to travel and cover the Detroit Tigers. I was editor of the high school newspaper and did very well in English and humanities classes, […]

Changes in Mac OS X “Lion” and Parallels to Workplace Changes

Changes in Mac OS X “Lion” and Parallels to Workplace Changes

 It’s nowhere near as important as yesterday’s topic of employee and patient safety, but my last two days of using the new Mac OS X 10.7 “Lion” operating system made me think of some classic change management challenges that might be of interest to Windows and Linux users even. If you’ve ever used a computer […]

Warning: You Can’t Even Draw a Map with this “Value Stream Mapper” App

Warning: You Can’t Even Draw a Map with this “Value Stream Mapper” App

If you are a Twitter user and follow the #Lean hashtag on Twitter, you might have seen a lot of noise from a company called Designing Kaizen (@DesigningKaizen), claiming to have a web-based app for “value stream mapping” (see their app’s separate website here). After getting a ton of evasive answers and non-answers about who […]

Blog Post About Preventable Errors Felled by Preventable Error

Blog Post About Preventable Errors Felled by Preventable Error

So Monday’s blog post was about preventable medical errors – namely errors involving pharmacies giving the wrong meds or wrong doses to patients. That’s not rocket science – it’s a clearly preventable error. But it’s also something to not blame individuals for – it’s a matter of fixing processes and systems and creating environments where […]

Reminder, Monday Night – Talking at Lean Software Austin Gathering

Reminder, Monday Night – Talking at Lean Software Austin Gathering

As a former Austin resident (“Keep Austin Weird!”), I’m happy to be heading down I-35 from Fort Worth to attend the Lean Software Austin gathering on January 17, 2011. What do I know about software? Not much. But I’ll be there to talk about general lean culture and lean management methods, leading a discussion about […]

By January 15, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
Podcast #99 – The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development

Podcast #99 – The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development

Please upgrade your browser MP3 File | AAC File (run time 28:29) For episode #99 of the podcast, I’m talking with the authors of the book The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development: A cheat sheet to The Four Steps to the Epiphany. My guests are Brant Cooper and Patrick Vlaskovits. Both are experienced entrepreneurs from […]

By October 11, 2010 5 Comments Read More →
This Yahoo Check Makes Zero Cents

This Yahoo Check Makes Zero Cents

This is a cliche’ of bad process and bad information systems, but I actually received a paper check in the mail from Yahoo! for ZERO cents. ZERO dollars and ZERO cents. $0.00. I guess this is something that CEO Carol Bartz would curse and swear about, as she often does. A full image of the […]

Guest Post: Don’t Market Without Your Kanban

Guest Post: Don’t Market Without Your Kanban

Today’s guest blogger is Joe Dager, of the site Business901. He’s a very active blogger and podcaster and he’s very active on Twitter (@Business901) as well. Joe also takes the step of turning the podcasts inteviews into free e-books, which you can also download. Joe interviewed me twice last year, about lean healthcare and about […]