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What Does #Lean Flow Look Like in Healthcare? Check Out These Two Videos

What Does #Lean Flow Look Like in Healthcare? Check Out These Two Videos

It’s easy for people to think that Lean is about cost-cutting. That would be wrong, but many people associate Lean with cost cutting. Cost cutting is the old mindset. The old hack and slash approach, which focuses on layoffs or “everybody cut your budget by x%” mandates, dies hard. It’s easy for people to think […]

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 […]

Failure Is Indeed an Option if We’re Trying New Things

Failure Is Indeed an Option if We’re Trying New Things

If we’re trying new things, there are bound to be “failures.” If our leaders want guaranteed success, we won’t be trying many new things. The best way to guarantee that we won’t fail is to not try. A Domino’s Pizza commercial seems to embrace this notion that we’re going to fail sometimes and we have […]

Video: Formula 1 Pit Stops 1950 & Today… a Huge Difference

Video: Formula 1 Pit Stops 1950 & Today… a Huge Difference

I’m not a racing fan, but wow this video is impressive. I can appreciate a great process and all of the planning that’s involved. I can also see the difference between having four pit crew members and 18 crew members (or so… it’s hard to count). What can you do to improve your processes? It […]

Great Steve Jobs Video (& Transcript) from 1990 on Continuous Improvement

Great Steve Jobs Video (& Transcript) from 1990 on Continuous Improvement

Hat tip to Brent Brewington (@BrentBrewington) for sharing a link to this amazing video via Twitter. Starting at about 7:54 into the video, Steve Jobs talks about continuous improvement. Here is a little more background about the video, shot in 1990, when Jobs was 35 years old and CEO of NeXT Computer. I admit I […]

Lean Thinking: We Don’t Blame Individuals for Systemic Errors

Lean Thinking: We Don’t Blame Individuals for Systemic Errors

I saw this video last night on Paul Levy’s blog and it’s important enough that I want to share it here with a few additional thoughts. In the Lean methodology, our mindset is that we respect people as individuals, respecting their human nature, and this means we appreciate that we are fallible and make mistakes. […]

Weekend Fun: Skinny Cow Handling

Weekend Fun: Skinny Cow Handling

And, now to the lighter side of Lean for the weekend. Hat tip to my friend and author Naida Grunden for pointing out this funny news story… apparently the State of Washington has to translate their web pages into different languages… the Spanish translation turned “lean practices” into “skinny cow handling.” I don’t think this […]

By February 22, 2014 3 Comments Read More →
Weekend Fun: Lean in a British Hospital Soap Opera

Weekend Fun: Lean in a British Hospital Soap Opera

Hat tip to Paul Levy for sharing this video originally in his blog post. Here is the video (you just have to watch the first minute to see the intro and the clip where the doctor talks about “Lean processing.): Please upgrade your browser   How would you work Lean into the script or story […]

By February 9, 2014 3 Comments Read More →
Super Bowl Commercial: American Factories? You Can’t Do That! Really?

Super Bowl Commercial: American Factories? You Can’t Do That! Really?

I’m a bit of a counter-culturalist when it comes to the hype about Super Bowl commercials being entertainment and being something we “have to watch” or “have to discuss at the water cooler.” Bah, I don’t pay attention to most of them. I got a bit behind on the game when I paused the DVR […]

By February 4, 2014 7 Comments Read More →
Parody Video – Two Great Tastes that Taste Great Together

Parody Video – Two Great Tastes that Taste Great Together

I was thinking yesterday about the “Lean for Knowledge Work” seminars I’m doing with Jim Benson and I was thinking that Kaizen and “Personal Kanban” are such a good combination, it’s like the old Reese’s Peanut Butter cups TV commercial. So, with a little bit of bad voice overdubbing and editing, here we go: Please […]

By January 31, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
Video: John Shook and the LEI #Lean Transformation Model

Video: John Shook and the LEI #Lean Transformation Model

In a new video released by the Lean Enterprise Institute, CEO John Shook talks about a “Lean transformation” model. He starts by explaining how “prescriptive implementation models” have been attractive to many organizations and “that can be effective in making a certain amount of improvement and learning” but there’s a better approach than “copying” Toyota’s […]

By January 28, 2014 3 Comments Read More →
Video: Toyota Uses “#LeanStartup” Methods to Develop a New Product

Video: Toyota Uses “#LeanStartup” Methods to Develop a New Product

Since the “Lean” in the “Lean Startup” methodology basically comes from Toyota, it was fascinating to see two engineers from Toyota, Matt Kresse and Vinuth Rai, speak at the 2013 Lean Startup Conference. Matt and Vinuth (pictured at left) are from the Toyota software development center in Silicon Valley, talked about their use of “Lean […]

By January 10, 2014 5 Comments Read More →
Fantastic Mixed Media Online Presentation about Lean in Healthcare

Fantastic Mixed Media Online Presentation about Lean in Healthcare

I recently stumbled across a very interesting and well-produced mixed-media presentation that starts with the sounds of snow crackling under a pair a boots… a video clip that illustrates Delvecchio Finley, the CEO of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, making a snowy trip to ThedaCare, in Appleton, Wisconsin to learn about Lean and healthcare improvement. Check out the […]

By January 8, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
“The Waiting Room” Documentary – a Virtual Gemba Visit (of Sorts) on PBS

“The Waiting Room” Documentary – a Virtual Gemba Visit (of Sorts) on PBS

PBS has aired a documentary about an Emergency Department in East Oakland, CA.  You can visit the  website for the film  and your can also  view it online. It’s a very spartan documentary… sometimes dull and routine, sometimes compelling. You see and hear the doctors, nurses, and patients without the intrusion of a narrator or […]

By October 26, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Lean Healthcare Discussed on Cincinnati Local TV News

Lean Healthcare Discussed on Cincinnati Local TV News

I’ve partnered up with the Ohio-based non-profit consulting group, TechSolve, over the past few years in some of their Lean healthcare promotions efforts, recently teaching some classes with them on Lean and Kaizen in healthcare. One of their team members, Matthew Jobe, was recently on a local Cincinnati TV news show, talking about Lean in […]

By September 29, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Weekend Fun: An Example of Poor Problem Solving

Weekend Fun: An Example of Poor Problem Solving

Here’s a funny ESPN commercial featuring golfer Rickie Fowler. Fowler is pouring coffee, yet he makes some bad assumptions about which coffee is decaf and about the “milk” being bad (compounded by the joke that he’s supposedly color blind). I guess if there’s any Lean lesson, it’s that we can be at the “gemba” and […]

By August 30, 2013 7 Comments Read More →
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 […]

Video about “Healthcare Kaizen” at Franciscan St. Francis Health System

Video about “Healthcare Kaizen” at Franciscan St. Francis Health System

Below is a very nice video that was produced by Franciscan St. Francis Health System, the organization where my  Healthcare Kaizen co-author Joe Swartz is the Director of Business Transformation. The video was made for use related to our book’s recognition with the Shingo Professional Publication and Research Award that we recently received. You’ll see […]