Tag: Toyota

Another Conversation About L.A.M.E. and Lean in Manufacturing and Healthcare

Another Conversation About L.A.M.E. and Lean in Manufacturing and Healthcare

It’s far too common to see somebody with just a little bit of understanding about Lean do things that really shouldn’t be described as Lean at all… in terms of the decisions they are making or the approaches they are taking. I saw an article about Lean in physician practices: “Lean Practice Management for Physicians.” […]

By August 31, 2015 7 Comments Read More →
Throwback Thursday: Inc. Writes About Dr. Deming in 1987

Throwback Thursday: Inc. Writes About Dr. Deming in 1987

I stumbled across an article from the Inc. magazine archives from 1987, so it’s today’s “Throwback Thursday.” In 1987, I was starting high school and that was probably right about the time when my dad, an engineer for General Motors, was able to attend one of Deming’s famed four-day seminars. Hearing about that was my […]

By August 27, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
Using Lean to Organize Hospital Closets… NPR Commenters Are Not Impressed

Using Lean to Organize Hospital Closets… NPR Commenters Are Not Impressed

I saw this story when it originally appeared online as part of a local public radio station in California. It was now picked up nationally by NPR and a number of you emailed me about this Lean healthcare piece about UCLA Medical Center: Hospitals Turn To Toyota To Make Care Safer And Swifter It’s a generally […]

By August 10, 2015 8 Comments Read More →
Moving from “Visuals” to “Visual Management” and to Broader Lean Thinking

Moving from “Visuals” to “Visual Management” and to Broader Lean Thinking

I’ve been studying and working with Lean for 20 years now and I love Lean because I’m still learning and getting better at this craft. I love seeing other people get excited about Lean when it’s new to them, when they see the potential for improvement and the power of Lean. But, sometimes people get […]

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of July 27, 2015

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of July 27, 2015

Here’s the latest installment of “Key Tweets,” a post that summarizes some of my tweets (or retweets) from the week. Follow me @MarkGraban and 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 […]

Podcast #226 – Steve Hoeft and Dr. Bob Pryor, “The Power of Ideas to Transform Healthcare”

Podcast #226 – Steve Hoeft and Dr. Bob Pryor, “The Power of Ideas to Transform Healthcare”

My guests for episode #226 are Steve Hoeft and Dr. Robert (Bob) Pryor from Baylor Scott & White Health in Texas. Bob serves as President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Medical Officer for the system and was formerly CEO of Scott & White Health before their merger with Baylor Health Care System. Steve is the Chief of Operations […]

LinkedIn: Is Your Technology Solving a Problem or Causing New Ones?

LinkedIn: Is Your Technology Solving a Problem or Causing New Ones?

The title here doesn’t refer to LinkedIn’s technology, their website, solving or causing problems. I’m referring to a post I wrote there the other day that has a Lean and Toyota angle to it. Click on the image to read the post.   Do the coffee urns at a conference really need to have digital […]

Says @Jack Dorsey: It’s an “Organizational Failure” if the CEO Has to Make a Decision

Says @Jack Dorsey: It’s an “Organizational Failure” if the CEO Has to Make a Decision

Jack Dorsey is well known among tech circles, as a co-founder of Twitter (he’s @Jack) and, now, as the CEO of Square. I’m a frequent Twitter user (I’m @MarkGraban) and I also utilize the Square reader occasionally to sell a book to somebody. I appreciate being able to easily and inexpensively accept a credit card here […]

What’s Interesting About This Toyota Executive Rising from the Factory Floor

What’s Interesting About This Toyota Executive Rising from the Factory Floor

I hope you might have access to this interesting article from the Wall St. Journal: “Toyota Veteran Rises to Corporate Office From Factory Floor.” I was able to access it while logged out from my WSJ account. Mitsuru Kawai, pictured, started working at Toyota in 1963, at age 15.  After 52 years of employment, Kawai […]

Lean Factories and Lean Hospitals Are Safer and They’re Better Listeners

Lean Factories and Lean Hospitals Are Safer and They’re Better Listeners

When we introduce the idea of Lean to healthcare organizations, it’s very common for somebody (often a senior physician) to say something like, “But we don’t want assembly line medicine.” The implication is that assembly lines and factories are cold, rigid, uncaring places that focus on ruthless efficiency and making the numbers at the expense […]

10 Ways that Lean Respects & Supports Healthcare Staff

10 Ways that Lean Respects & Supports Healthcare Staff

One of the two main pillars of the Toyota Way management system is “respect for people.” I’ve blogged about that often over the past ten years, including this post. “Respect for people” is a critically important (and necessary) component of a Lean transformation effort. Toyota has referred to “respect for people” and “continuous improvement” as the “equally important […]

Why don’t we do what we know we’re supposed to do? Why don’t I?

Why don’t we do what we know we’re supposed to do? Why don’t I?

It’s easy to point fingers at others who don’t do what they know they’re supposed to do. Why don’t those nurses and doctors properly clean their hands when they enter and leave every patient room? Why do some surgeons still maintain an intimidating environment in the operating room? Why do some managers or executives ignore […]

By February 11, 2015 6 Comments Read More →
Cartoon: The Workplace “Brain Check Station”

Cartoon: The Workplace “Brain Check Station”

Here’s my latest cartoon collaboration with a skilled artist (and medical assistant), Carrie Howarth. You can see the whole series via this link. How many organizations ask their employees to check their brain at the door? This certainly happened during my time at General Motors 20 years ago (and it had been happening for decades there). […]

By February 10, 2015 0 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). I […]

By February 1, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
Looking back at the Toyota Tsutsumi plant tour, part 2

Looking back at the Toyota Tsutsumi plant tour, part 2

Last week, I wrote a post (part 1) looking back  at our visit to the Toyota Tsutsumi factory that was part of our Japan tour that took place two months ago now. See previous posts in this series. I’m going to try to do one post a week on this topic. If you’re in San Francisco, I’m giving […]

By January 27, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Looking back at the Toyota Tsutsumi plant tour, part 1

Looking back at the Toyota Tsutsumi plant tour, part 1

I’ve been overdue in writing more posts about our Japan tour that took place two months ago now. See previous posts in this series. I’m going to try to do one post a week on this topic. It’s always fascinating to visit a Toyota plant and it’s even more so to visit with healthcare professionals. […]

By January 20, 2015 3 Comments Read More →
Putting Up Signs and Shooting Down Ideas

Putting Up Signs and Shooting Down Ideas

A friend sent me a link to this article, “7 cultural concepts we don’t have in the U.S.,” and he told me to check out item #5 in the list – Kaizen in Japan. By the way, if you ever see articles that you think I might want to read or blog about, contact me […]

By January 20, 2015 12 Comments Read More →
What’s Up With Neckties in Healthcare?

What’s Up With Neckties in Healthcare?

It’s a simple question: what’s up with so many men wearing ties in healthcare? Are you / they wearing them because you like to, want to, or have to? When I worked at a video game and computer software store in high school, I had to wear a shirt and tie. This was the era […]

By December 17, 2014 13 Comments Read More →