Tag: Sports

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 9 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 […]

Podcast #171 – Chad Walters (@LeanBlitz), Lean in Sports

Podcast #171 – Chad Walters (@LeanBlitz), Lean in Sports

Please upgrade your browser MP3 File (run time 33:12) My guest for episode #171 is Chad Walters (@leanblitz), a friend and a  Lean consultant. He is owner of Lean Blitz Consulting in Augusta, Georgia, a firm focused on continuous improvement for small businesses and sports organizations. I’m a big fan (and frequent commenter) on Chad’s […]

Error Proofing an NFL Coach

Error Proofing an NFL Coach

Hat tip to one of my favorite blogs, Uni-Watch.com, for pointing this out. In Sunday’s Texans / Patriots game, somebody on the Texans sideline apparently removed the red “challenge” flag from the back pocket of head coach Gary Kubiak. This wasn’t some sort of prank… it was apparently a systematic way of avoiding an unsportsmanlike […]

By January 15, 2013 4 Comments Read More →
Alabama Coach Nick Saban – National Champion & Lean Thinker?

Alabama Coach Nick Saban – National Champion & Lean Thinker?

I guess that, considering last year’s blog post, this Lean thinker couldn’t really root for Notre Dame and Coach Brian Kelly Monday night in the BCS National Championship Game. Just before kickoff, ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi asked Saban, “Coach, you love to talk about process… but this game is all about results. What do you need […]

By January 9, 2013 6 Comments Read More →
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 […]