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The New York Jets Illustrate What Happens When an Losing Organization Tries to Copy a Winner

The New York Jets Illustrate What Happens When an Losing Organization Tries to Copy a Winner

Organizations try to copy each other all the time. It doesn’t always work. Manufacturing: A plant manager visits another factory and sees neatly organized tools and then comes home and tells everybody “to do 5S.” They’ve thoroughly missed the fact that the good factory engaged everybody in the 5S process and was using the methodology […]

By October 28, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Safety is “always our top priority,” except when it isn’t… in football and hospitals

Safety is “always our top priority,” except when it isn’t… in football and hospitals

Although I’m a proud alum of Northwestern University, a former marching band member, and an ardent follower of our football team (as I’ve written about before), I grew up as a fan of the Michigan Wolverines and have many friends who are alumni. After watching NU shock Penn State on Saturday, I flipped over to […]

By September 29, 2014 7 Comments Read More →
Lean is Not About Cutting Costs; 2 Data Point Comparisons in EDs & the NFL

Lean is Not About Cutting Costs; 2 Data Point Comparisons in EDs & the NFL

Two pet peeves of mine are hearing people say things like “Lean is all about reducing waste” and or “Lean is all about cost cutting” (and thankfully others are also trying to dispel that myth). Another pet peeve is people drawing conclusions off of two data points, but we’ll come back to that later in […]

By September 17, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
A Little Kaizen in Baseball – The Washington Nationals’ Bullpen

A Little Kaizen in Baseball – The Washington Nationals’ Bullpen

I saw this article over the holiday weekend: “Nats install bullpen seating for relievers.” The Washington Nationals relief pitchers asked to have a set of raised bleacher seats installed so they could view the game from above the fence instead of through the fence – see the article link for a picture or see this tweet: Big day […]

Spurs Win the NBA Title: Systems, Learning, Teamwork, & Leadership

Spurs Win the NBA Title: Systems, Learning, Teamwork, & Leadership

Since my wife and I moved to San Antonio just over two years ago, we’ve become big Spurs fans. Since the Spurs are the only major pro sports team here, it’s basically a civic obligation to get behind our local team. The ThedaCare folks and others in Appleton and Green Bay feel that way about […]

Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich, Deming, and Lean Leadership

Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich, Deming, and Lean Leadership

Since moving to San Antonio two years ago, I’ve become a big fan of the San Antonio Spurs. For one, it’s essentially a civic responsibility to cheer for them, with the Spurs being the only major pro team in town. They are similar to the Green Bay Packers in that regard. Second, they are a […]

Gaming the System: Graduation Rates & Pneumonia Rates

Gaming the System: Graduation Rates & Pneumonia Rates

Regular readers of the blog will know that one of my favorite topics is “Gaming the Numbers” (or “Gaming the System“). As Brian Joiner so brilliantly wrote, as shared by the late, great Peter Scholtes , there are three things people can do when faced with having to hit goals, targets, or quotas: (1) improve the […]

Video: Formula 1 Pit Stops 1950 & Today… a Huge Difference

Video: Formula 1 Pit Stops 1950 & Today… a Huge Difference

I’m not a racing fan, but wow this video is impressive. I can appreciate a great process and all of the planning that’s involved. I can also see the difference between having four pit crew members and 18 crew members (or so… it’s hard to count). What can you do to improve your processes? It […]

Learning Not to Blame: Baseball Edition

Learning Not to Blame: Baseball Edition

Following up my post about not blaming a bartender, here’s another look at learning to cast aside our old habit of blaming individuals… this time, baseball related. Modern organizations (in healthcare and business) tend to blame an individual when something goes wrong. It’s commonplace in our societies and it’s, basically, human nature to blame. But, […]

Fighting “We’ve Always Done It This Way” in Workplaces & Baseball

Fighting “We’ve Always Done It This Way” in Workplaces & Baseball

I found a picture (posted by Jamie Voster on LinkedIn) and I re-shared it through my account. Neither Jamie nor I know where the picture was taken or who took it (I wish I could do a better job of giving credit). Anyway, here is the great picture and the quote, attributed to the late […]

A Collection of Past Posts About Lean, Basketball, and the Workplace

A Collection of Past Posts About Lean, Basketball, and the Workplace

Since today is the first full day of the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament, many of you might be checking scores or watching games instead of thinking Lean. So, here are a few past blog posts that connect basketball to situations in our workplaces. Standardized, but Not Identical – College Basketballs NCAA basketballs used by different […]

Process Problem: #NFL #SuperBowl #CoinToss, A Defect & Rework

Process Problem: #NFL #SuperBowl #CoinToss, A Defect & Rework

For the coin toss of the Super Bowl 48 (or XLVIII), the referee Terry McAulay handed the coin to Joe Namath to toss it… it appeared that McAulay realized when the coin was in mid air that he had possibly forgotten to ask the Seahawks to call it. Oops! Failing to stop Namath, McAulay caught the […]

By February 2, 2014 8 Comments Read More →
Standardized Work? Why Are NFL Concussion Guidelines Not Always Followed?

Standardized Work? Why Are NFL Concussion Guidelines Not Always Followed?

Mark’s note: Ah, another NFL playoff weekend and time for another football post to follow up my apparent jinxing of the Eagles’ head coach Chip Kelly last week. Today’s guest post from Chad Walters is an intersection between sports, medicine, and Lean. Last weekend during the NFL playoffs, two players – David Bakhtiari of the […]

By January 11, 2014 9 Comments Read More →
Parallels Between Philadelphia Eagles’ Coach Chip Kelly & A Lean Leader

Parallels Between Philadelphia Eagles’ Coach Chip Kelly & A Lean Leader

The Philadelphia Eagles are playing in an NFL playoff matchup tonight against the New Orleans Saints. I’d admired Eagles head coach Chip Kelly and his somewhat unlikely rise through the coaching ranks. He’s well known from his successful stint at the University of Oregon, but before that he was the offensive coordinator at New Hampshire, […]

By January 4, 2014 6 Comments Read More →
Denver Bronco Loses Touchdown for Not Following Standardized Work

Denver Bronco Loses Touchdown for Not Following Standardized Work

I’ll apologize in advance to those of you who don’t care about football. Thursday night, we saw the type of error that happens every few years in the NFL… a player,  Danny Trevathan, of the Denver Broncos, was about to score an easy touchdown, yet he dropped the ball, celebrating early, before crossing “the plane” […]

By September 9, 2013 8 Comments Read More →
Weekend Fun: An Example of Poor Problem Solving

Weekend Fun: An Example of Poor Problem Solving

Here’s a funny ESPN commercial featuring golfer Rickie Fowler. Fowler is pouring coffee, yet he makes some bad assumptions about which coffee is decaf and about the “milk” being bad (compounded by the joke that he’s supposedly color blind). I guess if there’s any Lean lesson, it’s that we can be at the “gemba” and […]

By August 30, 2013 7 Comments Read More →
I Thought Major League Baseball Error Proofed Against This

I Thought Major League Baseball Error Proofed Against This

Wednesday night’s game between the Cincinnati Reds and the San Francisco Giants had some batter’s box lines that would have been embarrassing on a Little League field (click here for better views and an article about this). My first thought was “how hard is this to error proof?” There are $99 devices that allow one […]

My Guest Post @LeanBlitz – Baseball and Warnings

My Guest Post @LeanBlitz – Baseball and Warnings

My friend Chad Walters has contributed guest posts to my blog (and has been a podcast guest) and I’m happy to return the favor with a guest post on his site: “Guest Post: A Clown Post About Bryce Harper and Warnings.” Since his “Lean Blitz” blog is sports themed, I wrote a post about warning […]