Tag: Sports

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. The Innovative Franciscan NICU Mattress Cover […]

What We Can Learn About Teamwork and Culture from the San Antonio Spurs

What We Can Learn About Teamwork and Culture from the San Antonio Spurs

After living in San Antonio for almost four years, my wife and I will finally be settled into the DFW area by the end of March. There’s a lot we will miss about San Antonio and that includes the San Antonio Spurs. Even if you’re not into the NBA, it’s basically a civic obligation to […]

By February 26, 2016 1 Comments Read More →
Simple Mixups & How Blaming Workers Doesn’t Explain or Prevent Them

Simple Mixups & How Blaming Workers Doesn’t Explain or Prevent Them

When we see a simple error, even in something as silly as sports memorabilia, we would ask “why?” or “how?” instead of “who?” Blaming individuals doesn’t help…

By January 4, 2016 3 Comments Read More →
Lean Blog Flashback to 2014: The NY Jets & Copying

Lean Blog Flashback to 2014: The NY Jets & Copying

Here is a post from today’s date, October 28, from last year. Organizations get in trouble when they copy a Lean tool or method and they don’t have the entire system and mindset in place. It’s a Catch 22 — we want to learn from others…

By October 28, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Lean Blog Flashback to 2011 – Wrong Pitcher

Lean Blog Flashback to 2011 – Wrong Pitcher

This week, I’m taking a week off from new blog posts due to a pressing deadline for the 3rd edition of my book Lean Hospitals, our first KaiNexus User Conference, and few other things. Here is a post from today’s date, October 26, back in 2011. With the World Series starting tomorrow, will anything similar happen […]

By October 26, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Like Lean: An NFL Head Coach Gets Out of His Office, Listens, Learns

Like Lean: An NFL Head Coach Gets Out of His Office, Listens, Learns

…this WSJ article caught my attention: “The Coach Who Won’t Leave the Locker Room.” The sub headline is “Why Carolina Panthers’ Ron Rivera has become obsessed with integrating himself into his players’ personal workspace.” An NFL coach is at “the gemba” during a game, of course…

By October 15, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
How Kaizen & Continuous Improvement are Key to Northwestern’s Stellar Defense

How Kaizen & Continuous Improvement are Key to Northwestern’s Stellar Defense

Many of you don’t care about football, but you might find it interesting, as I did, to learn that Northwestern’s defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz is apparently a fan of Kaizen…

By October 8, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
Are Millennials the Only Ones Who Need to Understand Why?

Are Millennials the Only Ones Who Need to Understand Why?

And the idea of knowing why… again that’s an old desire. It’s not just a recent discovery of Simon Sinek and the outstanding book Start with Why (my friends at Gemba Academy have a podcast interview with him coming soon). Why are we doing something? Why are we starting this company? That’s an old tale… are you breaking rocks or building a cathedral?

By September 16, 2015 10 Comments Read More →
Football, Holistic Systems, and Challenging the Way It’s Always Been Done

Football, Holistic Systems, and Challenging the Way It’s Always Been Done

Many of you might not care, but it’s football season. Major college football starts tomorrow night and the NFL kicks off their season next Thursday. On that note, if you’d like to “kick off” a Kaizen approach to continuous improvement in your organization, I’d like to help. read more

By September 2, 2015 0 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. I was in Toronto to take a training class to […]

By August 18, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of August 10, 2015, Baseball, #LeanStartup Sushi

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of August 10, 2015, Baseball, #LeanStartup Sushi

Here’s the latest installment of “Key Tweets,” a post that summarizes some of my tweets (or retweets) from the week. Follow [email protected] join the fun and the conversation. See the previous installments of Key Tweets here. If you’re reading this via email or RSS, you might get a better experience by clicking through to view […]

By August 15, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Would the WSJ Blame “Just in Time” for the Stanley Cup Being Late?

Would the WSJ Blame “Just in Time” for the Stanley Cup Being Late?

The Wall St Journal loves writing about how “Just In Time” (JIT) is a risky inventory strategy. See my past posts about how the WSJ is so often wrong on this. The WSJ seem to only understand Lean as JIT, as opposed to seeing Lean as a broader methodology and management system. JIT is just one component […]

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 […]

Random Super Bowl XLIX Lean-Like Moments – Katy Perry and GE

Random Super Bowl XLIX Lean-Like Moments – Katy Perry and GE

Following up my earlier post about the “Patriot Way…” During her halftime extravaganza (video), Katy Perry had a silver strap around her wrist, attached to the microphone. It reminded me of the Nintendo Wii strap that helps prevent throwing the controller (Update: I’m not the only one to think this and it might literally be a Wii […]

By February 1, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
The Patriots, Coach Belichick, Aspects of Lean Thinking, and Dr. Deming

The Patriots, Coach Belichick, Aspects of Lean Thinking, and Dr. Deming

Earlier this month, for the College Football Playoff championship game, I wrote about “Lessons from the Football Coaching and Leadership Styles of the Oregon Ducks and Ohio State Buckeyes.” I had found articles about both teams in the name of balance (and because both teams represented Lean-like thinking or new ways of doing things). read […]

By February 1, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
Lessons from the  Football Coaching and Leadership Styles of the Oregon Ducks and Ohio State Buckeyes

Lessons from the Football Coaching and Leadership Styles of the Oregon Ducks and Ohio State Buckeyes

Note: Today is the fifth anniversary of the Haiti earthquake. Russell Maroni’s journal from his volunteer work there, including some Lean concepts he employed, is still available. You can download a free PDF and I hope you’ll consider making a charitable contribution. Now on to today’s somewhat trivial, by comparison, topic. Tonight is the inaugural […]

By January 12, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
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 2 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 8 Comments Read More →