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10 (Actually, 20) of the Most Read LeanBlog.org Posts in 2013

10 (Actually, 20) of the Most Read LeanBlog.org Posts in 2013

Thanks everybody for reading my blog in 2013! I appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to read and participate in the discussion and I h0pe you’ll continue visiting the site in 2014… in what will be my 10th year of blogging (I started this site in 2005). Here are the ten most-read […]

By December 27, 2013 5 Comments Read More →
Belated Book Review: The Machine That Changed The World

Belated Book Review: The Machine That Changed The World

Mark’s note: Christina Kach is back with a new post, this time a review of what should probably be considered a “Lean classic.” Come back tomorrow for my first podcast interview with one of the co-authors, Dan Jones. You can find my previous podcasts with Jim Womack on the Lean Podcast main page. Maybe this […]

By December 17, 2013 4 Comments Read More →
John Shook – #Lean Production Meets #LeanStartup

John Shook – #Lean Production Meets #LeanStartup

After their recent recorded conversation, it was great to see John Shook, CEO of LEI, and Eric Ries, Author of  The Lean Startup together on stage at Day 2 of The Lean Startup Conference in SF. Some in the software-dominated Lean Startup movement need to be reminded that Lean concepts have their origins in the […]

By December 11, 2013 8 Comments Read More →
Notes from Day 1 of the #LeanStartup Conference 2013

Notes from Day 1 of the #LeanStartup Conference 2013

It was an amazing first day of the Lean Startup conference yesterday in San Francisco. Videos will be available online soon, but for now I can share some notes I took during the main stage sessions in this Google Doc  (or download as a PDF). This blog also has summaries  of many of the talks. […]

By December 10, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
Conversation Between John Shook & @EricRies on Putting the #Lean in #LeanStartup

Conversation Between John Shook & @EricRies on Putting the #Lean in #LeanStartup

The Thanksgiving weekend was a great opportunity to catch up on some reading and viewing that had accumulated in my browser and inbox. One thing I really enjoyed was a conversation (in advance of next week’s Lean Startup conference) between Eric Ries and LEI’s John Shook. If you’re not a “Lean Startup” person, I think […]

By December 2, 2013 3 Comments Read More →
The Book that Changed Me: “Understanding Variation”

The Book that Changed Me: “Understanding Variation”

For my latest “LinkedIn Influencer” post, I was asked to participate in a series about “The Book that Changed Me.” I chose to highlight not a book about Toyota or Lean or a book by Dr. W. Edwards Deming… but rather the amazing book Understanding Variation: The Key to Managing Chaos  by Professor Donald J. […]

By November 20, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
‘Lean and Green’ is Free

‘Lean and Green’ is Free

Mark’s note: What follows is a guest post by Keivan Zokaei about the necessary and unsurprisingly overlap between Lean principles and environmental stewardship. I wrote about this dynamic in a 2010 blog post: “Lean Leads to Green, Which Supports Lean,” about the work done by one of my former clients, Children’s Medical Center Dallas. By […]

By October 11, 2013 12 Comments Read More →
The Term “Lean Production” is 25 Years Old – Some Thoughts on the Original John Krafcik Article

The Term “Lean Production” is 25 Years Old – Some Thoughts on the Original John Krafcik Article

People often ask me where the term “Lean” comes from. It’s not an acronym, so it shouldn’t be spelled “LEAN” (but it often is). Lean is not a synonym for “lacking or deficient” in resources, as some dictionaries will tell you or as it gets used in news headlines about “surviving the lean economy.” The […]

By September 23, 2013 9 Comments Read More →
Eiji Toyoda, Credited with Developing TPS and Expanding Toyota into North America, Passes Away at 100

Eiji Toyoda, Credited with Developing TPS and Expanding Toyota into North America, Passes Away at 100

Eiji Toyoda, a key figure in the growth and expansion of Toyota and the Toyota Production System practices has passed away this week, just past his 100th birthday. His death has received fairly prominent coverage in the business press, including: NY Times: Eiji Toyoda, Promoter of the Toyota Way and Engineer of Its Growth, Dies […]

By September 20, 2013 3 Comments Read More →
Brilliant 1981 Article: “Why Japanese factories work” – Relevant for Healthcare in 2013

Brilliant 1981 Article: “Why Japanese factories work” – Relevant for Healthcare in 2013

The year is 1981. A Major League Baseball strike interrupts the season. We’re in the midst of the Cold War. President Reagan is shot. Kim Carnes’ (not to be confused with ThedaCare’s Kim Barnas) tops the charts for the year with “Bette Davis Eyes.” And, Toyota has zero manufacturing presence in the United States… yet. […]

By September 3, 2013 6 Comments Read More →
“The Economist” Magazine Highlights a Lean Hospital in Sweden

“The Economist” Magazine Highlights a Lean Hospital in Sweden

I was fortunate to have the chance to speak and visit at a few hospitals in Sweden back in February, 2010 (see my blog post from that year). One of those hospitals, St. Göran (in Stockholm), was recently featured in the magazine The Economist for its use of the Lean methodology: A hospital case:  Sweden […]

Management Improvement Carnival #197: Lean & Deming

Management Improvement Carnival #197: Lean & Deming

Again, I’m very happy to host the Carnival for  John Hunter  and his  Curious Cat management improvement blog. My job here is to share some noteworthy and thought provoking posts from the past few weeks from the blogs I try to keep up with regularly. I hope you’ll discover a new blog or two (or […]

Video: Toyota Helps a NYC Food Bank & Hurricane Sandy Victims

Video: Toyota Helps a NYC Food Bank & Hurricane Sandy Victims

Here’s a video produced about some work that Toyota’s TSSC  did for a New York City food bank, applying Toyota Production System principles to help provide more food to those in need after “Superstorm Sandy.” The video demonstrates how creativity thinking and process improvement (or redesign) can provide great social benefits – increasing the number […]

Nice Toyota Production System Intro Video from the UK

Nice Toyota Production System Intro Video from the UK

A Toyota employee, pictured at left, pulls an andon cord in a video shared by Toyota UK:  Factory to Forecourt – Introduction to the Toyota Production System. As the video explains, “every team member has the right to stop the line if he sees something that’s not quite right.” The video continues “everyone’s involved… it’s […]

#Lean Healthcare: The Really Good, the Sort of Bad, and the Ugly

#Lean Healthcare: The Really Good, the Sort of Bad, and the Ugly

I had a speaking engagement yesterday for a large system, with the audience consisting mainly of hospital CEOs and CFOs. I was able to be around for the entire morning, which included a really outstanding kickoff talk by the system CEO (talking about process improvement as a key strategy) and followed by two internal P.I. […]

Toyota’s Jamie Bonini on Organizational Culture

Toyota’s Jamie Bonini on Organizational Culture

Last week at the Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit, I really enjoyed the presentation by Jamie Bonini,  General Manager of the  Toyota Production System Support Center (TSSC). Jamie started his career at Chrysler (where he knew Jamie Flinchbaugh, a good friend of this blog) and both Jamies, like me, are graduates of the MIT Leaders for […]

Can’t Always Believe Somebody Saying “Toyota Would Tell You To…”

Can’t Always Believe Somebody Saying “Toyota Would Tell You To…”

From my experience, you have to be cautious when somebody says either, “Lean says you should….” or “Toyota would tell you to…” because those statements, even if stated authoritatively, can be wrong. At a recent speaking engagement (I won’t disclose where), a professor (one who teaches about Lean) made a curious comment that I’d put […]

Dr. Deming’s “Role of a Manager of People”

Dr. Deming’s “Role of a Manager of People”

Dr. W. Edwards Deming‘s last book was The New Economics for Industry, Government, Education. In Chapter 5, Deming writes, “Transformation in any organization will take place under a leader. It will not be spontaneous.” A leader “possesses knowledge, personality, and persuasive power.” How does a leader accomplish transformation? About LeanBlog.org: Mark Graban is a consultant, […]