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Visiting and Teaching at Ohio State – Meeting Archie Griffin, Reflecting on Values and Winning

Visiting and Teaching at Ohio State – Meeting Archie Griffin, Reflecting on Values and Winning

On Friday, I had a great opportunity to teach a class of healthcare professionals at the  Master of Business Operational Excellence (MBOE) program at Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business. I saw some of their capstone project presentations and I led an afternoon session discussing Lean, “sustainment” of changes, Kaizen, leadership and other topics […]

By December 20, 2012 3 Comments Read More →
BCS & College Football Coaches Poll Shenanigans – Bad Voters or Bad System?

BCS & College Football Coaches Poll Shenanigans – Bad Voters or Bad System?

Some of you might not care about college football, but I’m always interested in a story about people gaming a system and what drives that behavior, whether that’s in healthcare (such as not reporting errors) or in sports. We can criticize the individuals involved all we want, but what they are doing is usually perfectly […]

By December 5, 2012 6 Comments Read More →
Stephen Strasburg & the Washington Nationals – Long Term vs. Short Term

Stephen Strasburg & the Washington Nationals – Long Term vs. Short Term

Principle #1 of the Toyota Way management system says: “Base your management decisions on a long-term philosophy, even at the expense of short-term financial goals.” The current situation with the Washington Nationals and star pitcher Stephen Strasburg  creates the perfect situation to test this choice – even thought it’s baseball, not Lean manufacturing (or Lean […]

By September 5, 2012 5 Comments Read More →
Guest Post: Lacking Baseball Specs Leads to Offensive Explosion (and MLB Scouting Problems)

Guest Post: Lacking Baseball Specs Leads to Offensive Explosion (and MLB Scouting Problems)

Mark’s Note: Today’s post is a another guest post from  Chad Walters. Chad and I share a strong interest in sports — me as a fan and Chad as somebody who is working to bring Lean thinking to sports franchises, stadiums, and sports equipment makers. Chad has a few posts featured in my eBook “Lean […]

Podcast #152 – Matt Stewart, “Walk On,” Lessons from Northwestern’s Unlikely Rose Bowl Run

Podcast #152 – Matt Stewart, “Walk On,” Lessons from Northwestern’s Unlikely Rose Bowl Run

Please upgrade your browser MP3 File  (run time 36:18) My guest for podcast #152 is Matt Stewart and we are talking about his book The Walk-On: Inside Northwestern’s Rise From Cellar Dweller To Big Ten Champ. Matt and I are both graduates of Northwestern University. While he played football on a championship team, I was on […]

New Book by @PaulFLevy – “Goal Play!” with Lessons for Healthcare

New Book by @PaulFLevy – “Goal Play!” with Lessons for Healthcare

Paul Levy, the former CEO of Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, is a long time friend of mine and this blog (read his ongoing blog here although he’s no longer “Running a Hospital”). I’ve been meaning to blog about it for a while… it’s still a relatively new book that Paul has published (a […]

New eBook Compilation – Lean Blog: Sports

New eBook Compilation – Lean Blog: Sports

Being a big fan of what the guys at LeanPub are doing (listen to my podcasts with them here and here), I created a new compilation of sports-related posts from my blog dating back to 2005. The book is not-so-creatively titled Lean Blog: Sports –  Lean Concepts in Sports and Lean Lessons from Sports. I’ll […]

Stuff I’m Reading, May 1, 2012

Here are links to some varied articles I’ve read recently that might be of interest on a number of Lean related topics: NFL Draft – Player Names on Jerseys (Lean Blitz) – Chad Walters shares how the NFL got player names on jerseys so quickly for last week’s draft Chicken Scratches vs. Electronic Prescriptions (NY […]

Robert Andino of the Baltimore Orioles & Dr. W. Edwards Deming

Robert Andino of the Baltimore Orioles & Dr. W. Edwards Deming

Dr. W. Edwards Deming famously said that managers can’t hope to motivate employees, as they can only hope to not demotivate them. I wrote about this in my post  “If management stopped demotivating their employees…”  Deming had a chart that showed how an employee’s intrinsic motivation would only go down over time, due to poor […]

Standardized, but Not Identical – College Basketballs

Standardized, but Not Identical – College Basketballs

As the main days of the men’s NCAA basketball tourney (“March Madness”) start Thursday, here’s a topic that might make for fun Lean discussion at work or something that you might possibly bore people with at a tourney watching party or your local sports bar (hello, Cliff Clavin). ;-) As a sad aside, my Northwestern […]

Learning to See (and Spell) in the NHL

Learning to See (and Spell) in the NHL

Here’s a funny little story I saw on ESPN today (Nicklas Grossmann reveals extra ‘n’). Apparently when former Dallas Stars’ defenseman  Nicklas Grossman  entered the league in 2006, it was assumed his name was spelled Grossman with one ‘n’ (see pic). Recently, his new team, the Philadelphia Flyers saw that the player’s passport had his […]

Failure to Follow Process Leads to NL MVP’s Suspension Being Overturned

Failure to Follow Process Leads to NL MVP’s Suspension Being Overturned

This is a hot sports news story today, as I woke up to hear ESPN’s “Mike and Mike” talking about Milwaukee Brewers slugger (and reigning National League MVP) Ryan Braun’s 50-game suspension being overturned. Braun had been suspended for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs, but that’s now been overturned due to some procedural errors […]

By February 24, 2012 10 Comments Read More →
Guest Post: Talking Lean at the Baseball Winter Meetings

Guest Post: Talking Lean at the Baseball Winter Meetings

Mark’s Note: Today’s post is a second guest post from a new blogger, Chad Walters. His first post appeared last Friday. I was happy to be able to meet up with Chad to share some local Dallas BBQ while he was in town for the Winter Meetings. Chad blogs regularly at his site: LeanBlitz.net.   […]

By January 20, 2012 6 Comments Read More →
A Lean Guy Watches Moneyball

A Lean Guy Watches Moneyball

When it first came out, I was a big fan of Michael Lewis’ book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game  about the Oakland A’s major league baseball team and the unorthodox approach they took to building a team (under the leadership of General Manager Billy Beane). Now that the movie, starring Brad Pitt […]

By January 16, 2012 12 Comments Read More →
Guest Post: Finding Waste at the Stadium

Guest Post: Finding Waste at the Stadium

Mark’s Note: Today’s post is a guest post from a new blogger, Chad Walters. Chad and I share a strong interest in sports — me as a fan and Chad as somebody who is working to bring Lean thinking to sports franchises, stadiums, and sports equipment makers. Chad will have guest posts today and next […]

By January 13, 2012 5 Comments Read More →
Blame the Stanford Kicker! Blame the Kicker?

Blame the Stanford Kicker! Blame the Kicker?

At first I thought this post was stretching this week’s blog theme of applying Lean principles in everyday life, but I think it actually does fit quite well, at least for those of us for whom sports is a part of our daily life. Last night, I was able to attend the Fiesta Bowl game […]

World Series Defect: Wrong Pitcher

World Series Defect: Wrong Pitcher

People in healthcare know that miscommunications are a major cause of errors and patient harm. There was a strange footnote to game 5 of the World Series, where the Texas Rangers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2. A miscommunication led to the Cardinals and their manager, Tony LaRussa, not having the right pitcher available for […]

By October 26, 2011 12 Comments Read More →
‘Moneyball’ Lessons – Listen to Your Front-Line Staff

‘Moneyball’ Lessons – Listen to Your Front-Line Staff

I loved the book  Moneyball  by Michael Lewis, but I haven’t seen the movie yet (I hear it’s good). To me, it was a story about being forced to go against conventional wisdom to come up with your own strategy in an industry — this could be Toyota in car making, ThedaCare in healthcare, or […]

By October 10, 2011 7 Comments Read More →