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Our Toyota Tour Guide’s Kaizen

Our Toyota Tour Guide’s Kaizen

We just finished our second day of our Kaizen Institute Japan Lean Tour and it’s been great so far. Follow us via the hashtag #KaizenTour on Twitter for more real-time updates. Monday afternoon, we visited Toyota’s Tsutsumi plant in Toyota City, where they produce Prius and Camry models. In the theme of being an “eco-factory” for […]

By November 18, 2014 7 Comments Read More →
What I’m Listening To: Atul Gawande, Toyota’s Jeff Miller, Eric Ries

What I’m Listening To: Atul Gawande, Toyota’s Jeff Miller, Eric Ries

I’ve occasionally had a “What I’m Reading” post, where I share links to articles that I’ve enjoyed that don’t necessarily merit a whole blog post. Today is about “What I’m Listening To” — podcasts that I’ve heard and want to share (beyond the episodes I have created for my own podcast series, which will be […]

By October 31, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
Lean is a “Generic” Term for TPS (and The Toyota Way), Says Dan Jones

Lean is a “Generic” Term for TPS (and The Toyota Way), Says Dan Jones

People often say Lean is pretty simple (or that it’s just “common sense“). Yeah, some of the concepts are simple… but sometimes deceptively so. Or, we find that it’s easier to describe Lean (as a management system, a set of methods, and a culture) than it is to say how an organization should transform itself […]

By September 29, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
What I’m Reading: Diner Muda, No Blame at Etsy, Toyota Treats Cancer Faster, etc.

What I’m Reading: Diner Muda, No Blame at Etsy, Toyota Treats Cancer Faster, etc.

In case you missed it, see Saturday’s post: “Why Toyota is Eliminating the Andon Cord from its Factories.” As I occasionally do, today’s post is one where I’m going to close out some open browser tabs and post links to articles that I’ve been reading that are worth sharing (as I often do on Twitter), […]

Updated: Why Toyota is Eliminating the Andon Cord from its Factories

Updated: Why Toyota is Eliminating the Andon Cord from its Factories

If you clicked on my intentionally attention grabbing headline (or what might be a parody of those)… no, Toyota isn’t killing their famed and much-copied Andon process. Toyota is just changing the mechanics of the Andon system – or perhaps improving it… in the spirit of Kaizen, or continuous improvement. If you’d like more background on Andon […]

A Sad Story About “Lean” That Wasn’t Really Lean Management At All

A Sad Story About “Lean” That Wasn’t Really Lean Management At All

In March, I wrote a post titled “Is it Lean’s Fault or the Old Management System’s?” about how people’s complains about Lean are actually often complaints about old management mindsets. Unfortunately, what’s described as “Lean” in an organization is sometimes not a transformation in management thinking… in those cases, it’s really just a few new tools […]

Visiting Two Japanese Hospitals with an Eye for Lean; I Can’t Wait to Go Back

Visiting Two Japanese Hospitals with an Eye for Lean; I Can’t Wait to Go Back

In November 2012, I had the opportunity to visit Japan for the first time as part of a Lean healthcare study mission. It was fascinating to compare notes with colleagues from the U.S., Belgium, and Holland as we visited factories, including a Toyota plant, and two hospitals that are using the methodology – at least […]

Cleaning out the Backlog: Krafcik, Email, Lincoln, Leadership, Humility, Patient Falls

Cleaning out the Backlog: Krafcik, Email, Lincoln, Leadership, Humility, Patient Falls

As I sometimes do, I’m going to close out a bunch of browser tabs and share some articles that caught my eye recently but don’t merit full blog posts of their own. I’m cleaning out the LeanBlog backlog and trying to reduce inventory… so here we go: Where is Jon Krafcik Now? You might remember […]

Video: Toyota Helps Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Their Eye Clinic

Video: Toyota Helps Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Their Eye Clinic

California week on the blog continues after yesterday’s post about Lean at San Francisco General Hospital. Today, I’m flying to Los Angeles to attend the 5th annual Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit. I will be, as usual, moderating the CEO panel and I will be, for the first time, moderating the Q&A session at the end […]

Debate about Lean at SF General Hospital – Hire a Consultant or More RNs?

Debate about Lean at SF General Hospital – Hire a Consultant or More RNs?

Happy June, everybody! Summer is here. We’ve actually had a delightfully long spring here in San Antonio, which means the temperature hasn’t really been above 90 yet, which counts as cool (and comfortable for us). I’m headed off to Los Angeles tomorrow for the 5th annual Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit. Let me know if you’ll […]

Secretary Shinseki Has Resigned; Will Things Change at the VA?

Secretary Shinseki Has Resigned; Will Things Change at the VA?

Following up on posts from Monday and Wednesday, we see this headline today: “Shinseki resigns after VA scandal.” As I wrote about on LinkedIn, instead of blaming “bad managers” or a “lack of integrity” at local VA sites, like Phoenix, we have to look at the system. Dr. W. Edwards Deming always said that senior […]

Overcapacity and Overproduction in the Auto Industry (and Healthcare)

Overcapacity and Overproduction in the Auto Industry (and Healthcare)

I’ve seen this going around social media the past few days, an article with shocking pictures of all of the cars and trucks that have been built, only to sit in huge inventory yards around the world: “Where the World’s Unsold Cars Go To Die.” The photos are dramatic, including this one: Note: The Jalopnik […]

UMass Memorial Aims to Become a “World Class” Kaizen Organization

UMass Memorial Aims to Become a “World Class” Kaizen Organization

I was really happy to see this article about Kaizen and employee engagement at UMass Memorial Medical Center:  What’s good for Toyota is good for UMass Memorial. When I was with LEI in Boston, I had a chance to meet Dr. Eric Dickson before he became CEO at UMass, knowing him as a serious student of […]

Run Fast if You Ever Hear This Phrase from a “Lean Six Sigma” Instructor

Run Fast if You Ever Hear This Phrase from a “Lean Six Sigma” Instructor

I sometimes torture myself by watching webinars given about “Lean Sigma.” I hear a lot of claptrap about Lean… things that are just demonstrably wrong. These aren’t differences of opinion. These are statements that are factually incorrect and can be proven as such. If you ever hear somebody say some variation of this phrase: “Lean […]

Happy Nurses Week – Lean Can Help

Happy Nurses Week – Lean Can Help

This week starts the celebration of International Nurses Week, which leads up to Nurses Day on May 12, which is the birthday of the legendary Florence Nightingale. Hug a nurse today. Or do whatever you can to help. Nurses are the backbone of any hospital (and are key in most every other healthcare settings). Doctors […]

Toyota’s Blog on Pillars of the Toyota Production System & Lean

Toyota’s Blog on Pillars of the Toyota Production System & Lean

I didn’t know , until yesterday, that Toyota has an official company blog (at least for Toyota UK). Even though I’ve learned from Toyota people and many books and classes (and I’ve written books of my own), I always encourage people to get Toyota Production System knowledge directly from the source whenever possible – including […]

The Leadership Pond Usually Isn’t Stocked with Humble Fish

The Leadership Pond Usually Isn’t Stocked with Humble Fish

A big theme in Lean management is the idea of “leading with humility.” The first chapter of an excellent book written by Toyota employees and leaders from Georgetown, Kentucky is all about leading with humility. This must be important of that’s the first chapter. Having leaders who are humble means not having all of the […]

The Truth About Data and PDSA/PDCA from a Toyota Publication

The Truth About Data and PDSA/PDCA from a Toyota Publication

Out there in the Lean and quality improvement communities, you sometimes hear some silly things. Sometimes, I want to attach the “Lean As Mistakenly Explained” (or L.A.M.E.) label to what’s said when it really seems off the mark from what Lean is really all about. Davis Balestracci, a columnist for Quality Digest, passed along something […]

By February 20, 2014 4 Comments Read More →