Tag: Toyota

“The Rock” Says Getting Lean is Something Anybody Can Do… If You Work At It

“The Rock” Says Getting Lean is Something Anybody Can Do… If You Work At It

Why did "The Rock" and his movie make me think about Lean? Are many individuals (or organization's) willing to put time into continuous improvement every day for 20 years? If so, the results and "after" picture seem astonishing, right?

By February 17, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Some Great #Lean Videos from the State of Washington (@ResultsWA) on Culture, Leadership & More

Some Great #Lean Videos from the State of Washington (@ResultsWA) on Culture, Leadership & More

Here are some recorded keynote talks and video presentations from the "Results Washington" annual conference, as part of the state's Lean government efforts. See this post for talks from LEI's Jim Womack and John Shook, Toyota's Jamie Bonini, and many healthcare improvement leaders.

By February 9, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Lean as Redesign and Continuous Improvement, for Organizations or a Blog

Lean as Redesign and Continuous Improvement, for Organizations or a Blog

Lean sometimes gets, I think, an unfair rap that it’s only a method for incremental improvement. See this article, for example: “Limits of Lean — Transformative Care Redesign Must Go Beyond Typical Lean-Based Improvements.”

By January 30, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
“Practicing Lean” Excerpt: Lesa Nichols on Standardized Work & Learning

“Practicing Lean” Excerpt: Lesa Nichols on Standardized Work & Learning

As I’m documenting in the comments here, the collaborative eBook Practicing Lean has now generated more than $1000 in donations to the Louise Batz Patient Safety Foundation. Thanks to everybody who has bought the book so far!

By January 27, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Lean is Not Just Process Improvement

Lean is Not Just Process Improvement

In my travels, I often meet people or visit organizations that say something like: "We're doing Lean... we just call it Process Improvement." They have a "Process Improvement" (PI) department...

By January 16, 2017 7 Comments Read More →
#TBT: What CFO Magazine Wrote About #Lean in 2009

#TBT: What CFO Magazine Wrote About #Lean in 2009

I first blogged about this article back in 2009 and it’s still online:

Keen to Be Lean

The sub headline talks about hospitals being “desperate to cut costs.” Has that changed?

By December 15, 2016 2 Comments Read More →
Podcast #269 – Brian MacNeice & James Bowen, “Powerhouse” Book, Toyota, Mayo

Podcast #269 – Brian MacNeice & James Bowen, “Powerhouse” Book, Toyota, Mayo

Joining me for Episode #269 are Brian MacNeice & James Bowen, co-authors of the recently released book Powerhouse: Insider Accounts into the World’s Top High-performance Organizations. They are founders of the international Kotinos Partners consultancy.

By December 7, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Part 2: More From the Original 1984 NUMMI Team Member Handbook: Unions, Teams, Leaders

Part 2: More From the Original 1984 NUMMI Team Member Handbook: Unions, Teams, Leaders

Here’s Part 2 of a post about the original NUMMI Team Member Handbook from 1984 (see Part 1 here).

This, and other documents that I’ll be blogging about, are part of Don Ephlin’s UAW office papers that are archived at the Walter P. Reuther Library at Wayne State University in Detroit. Thanks to them for their assistance.

By December 5, 2016 2 Comments Read More →
Giving Thanks for Giving Back: Toyota Helps Another Food Bank

Giving Thanks for Giving Back: Toyota Helps Another Food Bank

Yesterday was the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S., so I hope you enjoyed the day if you’re here and celebrating the holiday.

I saw this article and it’s great to see Toyota getting involved in the community again, this time in West Virginia:

By November 25, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Lean People Don’t Say Things Like “Idiot Proofing”

Lean People Don’t Say Things Like “Idiot Proofing”

I’ve long been skeptical of so-called “Lean Sigma” or “Lean Six Sigma.” And not because I’m against Six Sigma statistical methods, which are valid and helpful in solving certain difficult problems.

By November 21, 2016 8 Comments Read More →
Highlights from the Original 1984 NUMMI Team Member Handbook, Part 1

Highlights from the Original 1984 NUMMI Team Member Handbook, Part 1

I recently wrote about my exploration of the collected papers of the late Don Ephlin, a UAW senior leader and a professor of mine at MIT.

In that first post, I shared a few quotes that were scattered around the original NUMMI Team Member Handbook from 1984, the year that the plant re-opened as the joint venture between GM and Toyota. (Read past posts about NUMMI).

By November 15, 2016 8 Comments Read More →
Real Productivity Improvement vs. Pressuring Workers; Easier vs. Suboptimizing

Real Productivity Improvement vs. Pressuring Workers; Easier vs. Suboptimizing

When I was in England on vacation recently, I saw this column in the Financial Times:

Listen to your employees and so increase their productivity

And the author, Sarah O’Connor, makes a great point in the sub headline – that just asking people to work faster might mean quality suffers. As leaders, in a factory or a hospital or a software company (or whatever), you can’t just demand better results.

By October 17, 2016 2 Comments Read More →
Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of August 15, 2016: Whiskey, Deming, Brazil & Kaizen

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of August 15, 2016: Whiskey, Deming, Brazil & Kaizen

Here’s the latest installment of “Key Tweets,” a weekly post that summarizes some of my tweets (or retweets) from the week, including pictures and other fun stuff. Follow me @MarkGraban and join the fun and the conversation. See the previous installments of Key Tweets here.

By August 19, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
The One Where @TheNerdyNurse Talks About the Power of #Lean in Healthcare

The One Where @TheNerdyNurse Talks About the Power of #Lean in Healthcare

It’s one thing to hear Lean professionals or specialists talking about the power of this methodology to improve healthcare. To me, it’s not just theory, it’s something I’ve seen in practice.

By August 15, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Podcast #259 – Steve Bera, Reflections on NUMMI and #Lean, Part 2

Podcast #259 – Steve Bera, Reflections on NUMMI and #Lean, Part 2

Today’s episode #259 is Part 2 of a discussion I started with Steve Bera in episode #256. Steve was one of the original 16 “NUMMI Commandos” that General Motors sent to work with Toyota in the 1980s, as discussed in the outstanding book Comeback: The Fall & Rise of the American Automobile Industry.

Podcast #256 – Steve Bera, Reflections on NUMMI and #Lean, Part 1

Podcast #256 – Steve Bera, Reflections on NUMMI and #Lean, Part 1

I’m really excited to have Steve Bera as my guest for episode #256 of the podcast. I read about him as he was featured prominently in a chapter of the 1994 Pulitzer-Prize winning book Comeback: The Fall & Rise of the American Automobile Industry. I just finished it during my recent flight back from China.

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of June 6, 2016: Lean Hospitals, Ali, Patient Safety, GM & Toyota

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of June 6, 2016: Lean Hospitals, Ali, Patient Safety, GM & Toyota

Here’s the latest installment of “Key Tweets,” a weekly post that summarizes some of my tweets (or retweets) from the week, including pictures and other fun stuff. Follow me @MarkGraban and join the fun and the conversation. See the previous installments of Key Tweets here.

GM’s CEO Roger Smith Thought Toyota Had Magic, But This Was the “Secret”

GM’s CEO Roger Smith Thought Toyota Had Magic, But This Was the “Secret”

Thanks to this post by Bruce Hamilton (aka “Toast Guy” or “Old Lean Dude”), I was reminded of the old General Motors effort, spearheaded by then-CEO Roger Smith (of “Roger & Me” fame), to fully automate car factories. Their concept was the “lights-out factory” that could run without people (other than a security guard).