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Proof That Nelson from The Simpsons is Not a Good Kaizen Coach

Proof That Nelson from The Simpsons is Not a Good Kaizen Coach

If you know me, you know I’m a huge fan of The Simpsons. The show has been on TV for 25 of my 40 years. The cable channel FXX is having an “Every Simpsons Ever” marathon, showing all 552 episodes over 12 days. I’m watching it here and there, especially my favorite episodes from the […]

By August 24, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
My #IceBucketChallenge Video for #ALS and Patient Safety

My #IceBucketChallenge Video for #ALS and Patient Safety

I was nominated to do the ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge.” I think I was officially the last person to do so, judging from my Facebook feed. I made a donation to the ALS Association and also made this video. I’m doing this to honor a friend’s mother, who has ALS. Watch a touching news story about her of her […]

By August 22, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
KaiNexus Webinar Recording – Our First Years in Continuous Improvement

KaiNexus Webinar Recording – Our First Years in Continuous Improvement

Here is a recording of our most recent KaiNexus webinar: Getting Started with Continuous Improvement: Lessons and Reflections Dr. Greg Jacobson and I reflect on our first year being involved in continuous improvement. Greg’s was at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. I had two “first years” — at GM and then later in healthcare. What are […]

By August 22, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Video: What is Kaizen?

Video: What is Kaizen?

I made this short three-minute video for KaiNexus where I try to succinctly answer the question, “What is Kaizen?” Click the thumbnail below to view the video and/or to read the transcript: Please leave a comment on the KaiNexus website, or here on this blog post, and let us know what you think. What is the […]

Weird Al’s Hilarious “Mission Statement” Song & Video Mocks Corporate Buzzwords

Weird Al’s Hilarious “Mission Statement” Song & Video Mocks Corporate Buzzwords

“Weird Al” Yanokvic skewers corporate buzzwords in this new song and music video. He also skewers the now-tired “hand writing on a white board” style of corporate videos, which I think is even more brilliant of him. There are a few somewhat Lean-related buzzwords in the video… the last one looks like it has PDSA […]

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 →