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Good Ideas, Lean Ideas, Keep Crossing the Pacific

Good Ideas, Lean Ideas, Keep Crossing the Pacific

The ideas, principles, and methods that we’d recognize as “Lean” aren’t exclusively of Japanese origin. Many of us, myself included, draw inspiration from Toyota, reading books about them and visiting their factories. For me, I’ve had a chance to visit Toyota plants in Japan, California, and Texas, and the story is very consistent. As Masaaki […]

By December 8, 2014 4 Comments Read More →
Must Listen: CBC Radio Piece on #Lean in Ontario, ThedaCare, and Saskatchewan

Must Listen: CBC Radio Piece on #Lean in Ontario, ThedaCare, and Saskatchewan

I was thankful to find this CBC Radio news story / podcast from the program “White Coat Black Art,” hosted by Dr. Brian Goldman: The Toyota Way for Healthcare It’s just under 30 minutes long and I think it’s a “must listen.” You can also get this through iTunes and your iOS device. Here are […]

By November 13, 2014 5 Comments Read More →
Questions That Aren’t Really Questions

Questions That Aren’t Really Questions

My Lean mentors often talk about “leading with questions.” Kim Barnas and ThedaCare use this approach in different ways, including “stat sheets,” which are basically checklists (or standardized work) full of questions for leaders to use in the workplace. See her outstanding book Beyond Heroes: A Lean Management System for Healthcare. What kinds of questions […]

By October 30, 2014 17 Comments Read More →
Continuous Improvement of Learning: North East Shingo Conference 2014

Continuous Improvement of Learning: North East Shingo Conference 2014

Mark’s note: Christina Kach is our guest blogger today, with a post about the recent North East Shingo Conference, where she was an attendee. See her past posts here. Recently, my coworkers and I had the opportunity to attend the North East Shingo Conference in Springfield, MA (presented by the Greater Boston Manufacturing Partnership, or GBMP). The […]

Report to President Obama Endorses Lean & Systems Engineering in Healthcare

Report to President Obama Endorses Lean & Systems Engineering in Healthcare

I recently saw a tweet that referenced a May 2014 that was sent to President Obama and his administration: “Report to the President – Better HealthCare and Lower Costs: Accelerating Improvement Through Systems Engineering.” The report was written by the “President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology,” or PCAST, and a working group that includes professors, […]

Picking on the PICK Chart

Picking on the PICK Chart

The so-called “PICK chart” has become a pretty common sight in healthcare as a way of visualizing and prioritizing Lean or Kaizen improvement ideas. The concept was supposedly invented at Lockheed Martin, but it’s a pretty common-sensical approach that’s used to sort and rank ideas based on two dimensions: Impact the idea would have (low […]

What Does #Lean Flow Look Like in Healthcare? Check Out These Two Videos

What Does #Lean Flow Look Like in Healthcare? Check Out These Two Videos

It’s easy for people to think that Lean is about cost-cutting. That would be wrong, but many people associate Lean with cost cutting. Cost cutting is the old mindset. The old hack and slash approach, which focuses on layoffs or “everybody cut your budget by x%” mandates, dies hard. It’s easy for people to think […]

My Thoughts on “10 Ideas That Hospital and Health System CEOs Need to Ditch,” Including Blame

My Thoughts on “10 Ideas That Hospital and Health System CEOs Need to Ditch,” Including Blame

I saw this piece by Bob Herman at Becker’s Hospital Review and ended up writing a blog post here instead of writing a long comment there. The piece is: 10 Ideas That Hospital and Health System CEOs Need to Ditch I was happy to see ThedaCare’s CEO Dr. Dean Gruner quoted – listen to my podcasts […]

Day 2 Notes: Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit 2014

Day 2 Notes: Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit 2014

Today is the second and final day of the 5th annualLean Healthcare Transformation Summit. Follow along on Twitter with hashtag#HCSummit14 to see my tweets and thoughts from others. I will be adding updates to this post during the day, as well. These are not meant to be complete notes or a transcript… but quotable and interesting thoughts or […]

Live Blogging Day 1: Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit 2014

Live Blogging Day 1: Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit 2014

Today is the first day of the 5th annual Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit. Follow along on Twitter with hashtag #HCSummit14 to see my tweets and thoughts from others. I will be adding updates to this post during the day, as well. These are not meant to be complete notes or a transcript… but quotable and interesting thoughts or comments […]

Article about Lean in Two Sioux Falls Health Systems

Article about Lean in Two Sioux Falls Health Systems

I recently saw an article about Avera Medical Group and Sanford Clinic in Sioux Falls, South Dakota: “Health systems learn to be lean.” Avera McKennan Hospital, in Sioux Falls, was featured in the 2nd edition of my book Lean Hospitals.  A physician describes how, with Lean, they are spending MORE time with each patient AND get to […]

A Book, a Webinar, a Workshop & a Summit from the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value

A Book, a Webinar, a Workshop & a Summit from the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value

I am an unabashed fan of the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value, as you’re probably aware. For full disclosure, I was previously an employee of the Lean Enterprise Institute, a key partner of the Center. They have a lot of great information and events, so I’d like to use today’s post to share that with […]

#Lean *IS* about Doing More with Less, But Be Careful Saying That

#Lean *IS* about Doing More with Less, But Be Careful Saying That

It’s often said that Lean is about “doing more with less.” Historically, and practically speaking, it’s true. But, it’s a phrase that we should be careful about, for a number of reasons. Looking back at the origins of the term “Lean” as “Lean Production” 25 years ago (read more here). Generally speaking, the term “lean” […]

Good Questions, But With Some Misunderstandings about Lean Healthcare

Good Questions, But With Some Misunderstandings about Lean Healthcare

In 2009, I wrote about a nurses’ union in New Brunswick that supported Lean because they realized this methodology could help reduce waiting times and improve working conditions. It’s win/win. Yet, as part of the recent politicized Lean healthcare brew-ha-ha in Saskatchewan (read more here), the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) has been critical of the provinces’ […]

More on Lean in Saskatchewan

More on Lean in Saskatchewan

Since the healthcare improvement work I do is apolitical and non-partisan, I’m generally not one to butt into the political affairs of Canada or other countries. But, when I hear complaints about Lean or when it’s being called a “scam” and a “cult” by some in Saskatchewan (read here), my ears perked up and I […]

Video on this June’s Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit

Video on this June’s Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit

I hope you’ll consider coming to the 5th annual Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit, being held in Los Angeles, June 4th and 5th, 2014. The Summit is sponsored by the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value and the Lean Enterprise Institute. It’s always a great event – for the speakers and the networking. Here is a short […]

By February 27, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
Super Bowl Commercial: American Factories? You Can’t Do That! Really?

Super Bowl Commercial: American Factories? You Can’t Do That! Really?

I’m a bit of a counter-culturalist when it comes to the hype about Super Bowl commercials being entertainment and being something we “have to watch” or “have to discuss at the water cooler.” Bah, I don’t pay attention to most of them. I got a bit behind on the game when I paused the DVR […]

By February 4, 2014 7 Comments Read More →
Podcast #192: John Torinus, Solving the Employer Healthcare Crisis

Podcast #192: John Torinus, Solving the Employer Healthcare Crisis

Please upgrade your browser MP3 File (run time 36:50) Joining me for podcast #192 is John Torinus, author of the excellent book, The Company That Solved Health Care: How Serigraph Dramatically Reduced Skyrocketing Costs While Providing Better Care, and How Every Company Can Do the Same. John is the CEO of Wisconsin-based Serigraph Inc., a […]

By January 27, 2014 0 Comments Read More →