Tag: Training Within Industry

#Ebola – The Glaring Gap Between Staff Education and Proper, Effective Training

#Ebola – The Glaring Gap Between Staff Education and Proper, Effective Training

I saw this headline the other day: “U.S. Soldiers Get Just Four Hours of Ebola Training” The phrase “just four hours” implies that it wasn’t enough. How do we know? Maybe four hours of training, done properly, is all that’s needed. It might also be four hours MORE than the amount of training given to […]

By October 18, 2014 11 Comments Read More →
Funny Video about Lack of Labeling… or is it Lack of Training?

Funny Video about Lack of Labeling… or is it Lack of Training?

This commercial made me chuckle as somebody who has bought and used a lot of Brother label makers. The video is meant to comically show the ill effects of a lack of labeling in a circus A/V control room (I saw this posted on Facebook by a college friend who does professional lighting design work for […]

By September 12, 2014 3 Comments Read More →
Podcast #202 – Patrick Graupp, TWI in Healthcare

Podcast #202 – Patrick Graupp, TWI in Healthcare

MP3 File (run time 34:56) My guest today for Episode 202 is Patrick Graupp, co-author of the excellent book Getting to Standard Work in Health Care: Using TWI to Create a Foundation for Quality Care, co-authored with Martha Purrier from Virginia Mason Medical Center. If you’re brand new to the Training Within Industry (TWI) model, […]

Podcast #196 – Jim Huntzinger, What is TWI?

Podcast #196 – Jim Huntzinger, What is TWI?

Please upgrade your browser MP3 File (run time 33:04) My guest for episode 196 is Jim Huntzinger, founder of Lean Frontiers. Today, we’re talking about the Training Within Industry methodology and his new website WhatIsTWI.com. We are discussing topics including what a typical TWI “journey” looks like for an organization, how TWI is such a […]

Toyota Tour Thoughts – Yes, They Have Opportunities for Kaizen

Toyota Tour Thoughts – Yes, They Have Opportunities for Kaizen

I had a chance to go back to the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas (TMMTX) plant in south San Antonio last week with a group of executive education students at Trinity University. I first visited the plant back in 2010 and I’ve been there three times while living here the last two years. I love helping […]

By January 13, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Guest Post: Lean and Six Sigma (and My Son) Require Skills-Based Learning

Guest Post: Lean and Six Sigma (and My Son) Require Skills-Based Learning

Mark’s Note: Today’s guest post is by Joe Swartz, my co-author for the book Healthcare Kaizen and the newly-released book The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. I’m hoping Joe will be a regular contributor in the future and I’ll be doing a podcast with him soon (update: listen here) about his experiences at the Franciscan […]

Start 2013 with “The Spirit of Kaizen”

Start 2013 with “The Spirit of Kaizen”

As we enter the new year, it’s a great time to reflect back on 2012 – what worked and what didn’t work… what do we plan to do differently in 2013? Those are some of the core questions found on a “strategy A3” as often used in the Lean methodology. Individuals and organizations often try […]

By December 31, 2012 6 Comments Read More →

Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit 2012, Day 2

Following up on my notes from Day 1, here are some notes and key points from Day 2 of the Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit. It was great to meet and get reacquainted with so many blog and book readers. It’s such a collaborative and helpful community that meets at the LEI Summits. As the days […]

Lean on Alaska Public Radio

After meeting him at a conference a few years back, I consider Patrick Anderson, executive director of Chugatchmiut, to be a good friend in the Lean world. He graciously endorsed Healthcare Kaizen, as he is working hard to create a culture where everybody participates in improvement. Patrick has also been a guest on my Podcast […]

Standardized, but Not Identical – College Basketballs

Standardized, but Not Identical – College Basketballs

As the main days of the men’s NCAA basketball tourney (“March Madness”) start Thursday, here’s a topic that might make for fun Lean discussion at work or something that you might possibly bore people with at a tourney watching party or your local sports bar (hello, Cliff Clavin). ;-) As a sad aside, my Northwestern […]

An Inc. “Best Small Company Workplace” & Their Lean Culture

An Inc. “Best Small Company Workplace” & Their Lean Culture

As I was cleaning out a pile of stuff in my office, I found an unread issue of Inc. magazine from June 2011. One of their “Best Small Company Workplaces” was Hopkins Printing in Columbus, Ohio: “Survival of the Smartest: Hopkins Printing has staked its future on cross-training.“) Far too often, “best workplaces” profiles focus […]

By January 10, 2012 3 Comments Read More →
Book Review: One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way

Book Review: One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way

While doing research for my upcoming book on “Healthcare Kaizen,” I found two books that touched on kaizen-style continuous improvement in our everyday lives. One was a brief mention in a book from a TV personality (see my post An Unexpected Lean Thinker and her “Kaizen Lifestyle”) and the second is a book with a […]

Suggestion: Make Suggestions (U.S. Government Poster from 1945)

Suggestion: Make Suggestions (U.S. Government Poster from 1945)

I’m not sure if this poster was associated with the Training Within Industry program or not, but it’s a World War II era government propaganda poster. Is one suggestion (or implemented idea) really too much to ask? Why do most organizations get much less than that? If the government had a culture where this was […]

By August 28, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
Two Cases of Writers Misrepresenting Lean Manufacturing

Two Cases of Writers Misrepresenting Lean Manufacturing

One of the variations of my acronym L.A.M.E. is “Lean As Misguidedly Explained,” and I recently ran across two fresh instances of this (and, for once, neither is from the Wall Street Journal!). One example is a news writer who mistakenly equates Lean with the dumbing down of work at McDonald’s and the other piece […]

Guest Post: The Chain of Improvement

Guest Post: The Chain of Improvement

Mark’s note: Today’s guest post is from  Dr. Mark Jaben. I first met Mark in person at  Cindy Jimmerson’s Lean Healthcare West conference in Montana last year.  I’m happy to publish this new guest post to follow up his previous post, inspired by New Zealand. This is really born out of a recent medical trip […]

Podcast #104 – Dr. Peter Patterson (@IDrPete), Lean in Histopathology

Podcast #104 – Dr. Peter Patterson (@IDrPete), Lean in Histopathology

Please upgrade your browser MP3 File Podcast #104 is a discussion with Dr. Peter Patterson (@IDrPete), a friend of mine and the Lean Blog the past few years. He wrote a guest post for me back in 2009 (A Breakthrough in Training: Call it “Near-TWI”) and I blogged about our presentation at the 2010 Society […]

By November 23, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Reminder: Free Webinar on “Training Within Industry” for Healthcare – Nov 2

Reminder: Free Webinar on “Training Within Industry” for Healthcare – Nov 2

You might remember from back in March, when I co-presented at the Society for Health Systems conference about the use of the “Training Within Industry” methodology in healthcare. Dr. Peter Patterson and I are updating our talk for a FREE webinar that will be offered November 2nd, click here for details. About LeanBlog.org: Mark Graban […]

By November 1, 2010 1 Comments Read More →
Some Cool Video Technology for Standardized Work & Error Proofing

Some Cool Video Technology for Standardized Work & Error Proofing

I recently ran across a Michigan startup company called OPS Solutions that has some interesting technology that could be applied in many settings for standardized work and error proofing applications. Michigan is my home state and I’m always interested in new companies there, so I had a chance to talk to two guys from the […]

By September 22, 2010 9 Comments Read More →