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Some Great #Lean Videos from the State of Washington (@ResultsWA) on Culture, Leadership & More

Some Great #Lean Videos from the State of Washington (@ResultsWA) on Culture, Leadership & More

Here are some recorded keynote talks and video presentations from the "Results Washington" annual conference, as part of the state's Lean government efforts. See this post for talks from LEI's Jim Womack and John Shook, Toyota's Jamie Bonini, and many healthcare improvement leaders.

By February 9, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
#TBT: What CFO Magazine Wrote About #Lean in 2009

#TBT: What CFO Magazine Wrote About #Lean in 2009

I first blogged about this article back in 2009 and it’s still online:

Keen to Be Lean

The sub headline talks about hospitals being “desperate to cut costs.” Has that changed?

By December 15, 2016 2 Comments Read More →
Wise Words from Mark Twain on Continuous Improvement and Perfection

Wise Words from Mark Twain on Continuous Improvement and Perfection

A hat tip goes to Brian Buck for sharing this quote via email recently. Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain, was a pithy and wise man. I didn't remember this quote, but it is attributed to him. It's very appropriate for the type of work we do...

By January 13, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of July 27, 2015

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of July 27, 2015

Here’s the latest installment of “Key Tweets,” a post that summarizes some of my tweets (or retweets) from the week. Follow me @MarkGraban and join the fun and the conversation. See the previous installments of Key Tweets here.

Throwback Thursday: A Lean Healthcare Conference From 2007

Throwback Thursday: A Lean Healthcare Conference From 2007

Back in 2007, I had my first opportunity to travel to England, a country I really love visiting. I had the chance to attend the “First Global Lean Healthcare Summit” that was produced by Dan Jones and the Lean Enterprise Academy. They actually have posted many of the slide decks from the Summit there on the site, but there’s no video that I can find. I’ve embedded some of the decks below and I’ve also added some of my notes that I took.

Throwback Thursday: Jim Womack on the Term “Lean” & Eric Ries on “Lean Startup”

Throwback Thursday: Jim Womack on the Term “Lean” & Eric Ries on “Lean Startup”

Last Monday, I had the chance to attend a Lean Startup event in Austin where Eric Ries announced the launch of a Kickstarter project for a new book. 10 days ago isn’t much of a “throwback,” but bear with me.

Stuff I’m Reading March 2015: Womack, Sweatshops, Hospitals, and Surveys

Stuff I’m Reading March 2015: Womack, Sweatshops, Hospitals, and Surveys

As often happens, I have too many open browser tabs full of articles that I was going to potentially blog about. Too much WIP (a problem that Jim Benson will discuss in our upcoming Boston workshop).

So, it’s time for me to clear out my backlog and to share some articles I’ve been reading with some quick notes, instead of full blog posts. Well, I got my backlog down by three. I’ll try again next week with some shorter blurbs about more articles, perhaps.

Totally Looks Like: LEI’s Jim Womack & Skinny Santa

Totally Looks Like: LEI’s Jim Womack & Skinny Santa

Friday, I shared my song “Gemba Claus is Comin’ to Town” and I thought I was done posting for the year.

But, my wife and I were watching a recording of the old “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Raindeer” special. We couldn’t help noticing that the show has a lot of awful themes — for example, there’s a lot of bullying that occurs when a raindeer or a boy is different than the rest. I’m not sure how that’s an uplifting Christmas tale.

By December 22, 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 from here to there.

By September 29, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
This Newbie Has a Good Grasp of Lean

This Newbie Has a Good Grasp of Lean

mailbox buildingI get a lot of emails from regular readers or people who have just stumbled across my blog. I try to be as helpful as I can (although I’m not really a good connection for Lean healthcare jobs that people are always looking for).

One email was from somebody who has recently discovered Lean and is reading up a storm:

“It led me to the Gemba Kaizen book which I still am trying to get through, The Toyota Way which I am also reading, Womack’s Lean Thinking, the Gemba Academy videos (the lean dishwasher being my favorite), your blog and several other popular lean sites.”

Here’s somebody who is buying inexpensive used books through Amazon and craigslist, building up an impressive initial library without spending a fortune. I wonder how many CEOs at hospitals that are “implementing Lean” have read that many books on Lean?

Podcast #188 – Daniel T. Jones on 25 Years of Lean & the Future of Lean

Podcast #188 – Daniel T. Jones on 25 Years of Lean & the Future of Lean

MP3 File (run time 31:13)

jonesMy guest for Episode 188 has been a leading voice in the Lean community for 25 years, Daniel T. Jones, founder and chairman of the Lean Enterprise Academy, based in the UK. Dan collaborated with Jim Womack on the books The Machine That Changed the World, Lean Thinking, and Lean Solutions and published other books through the LEA

Currently, Dan is helping promote Lean in healthcare and government and is learning about the Lean Startup community by becoming an advisor to the company Elastera. He has also recently joined Twitter as @DanielJonesLean. You can also watch recently-released free videos (via Gemba Academy) of Dan, Jim, and John Shook reflecting on 25 years of Lean and other topics. In this episode, we touch on all of these questions and also take a question via Twitter.

For a link to this episode, refer people to  www.leanblog.org/188.

For earlier episodes, visit the  main Podcast page, w

By December 18, 2013 1 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 will be the start of a “Belated Book Review” series. Let me know if you would like to review a “Lean classic” (or a book by Henry Ford, Frederick Taylor, etc.).

machineThe Machine That Changed The World By James Womack, Daniel Jones, and Daniel Roos isn’t a new title to those in the world of Lean. If we’ve not read it, we’ve certainly heard about it or seen it referenced in more than one book or lecture.

Taking public transportation to my new job gives me the opportunity to finally get some reading done on a long list of books I’ve been tagging on my GoodReads App. First up was this Lean classic and the following is a report on my thoughts and commentary about this hallmark book.

With a title so strong and tempting, and known to be the one that started it all, would this book deliver? I think it did, though not in the way I’d expected.

By December 17, 2013 4 Comments Read More →
PDF of “Triumph of the Lean Production System” is Finally Available

PDF of “Triumph of the Lean Production System” is Finally Available

TRIUMPHWhen I wrote the post  The Term “Lean Production” is 25 Years Old – Some Thoughts on the Original John Krafcik Article back in September, I was frustrated that this groundbreaking article was NOT available for viewing or even purchase through MIT Sloan Management Review.

The Lean Enterprise Institute has now made the article available as a free PDF download on their site.

Read my thoughts on the article here. John Krafcik and Jim Womack have published their reflections on the 25th anniversary as a new essay in Gemba Walks Expanded 2nd Edition, available now. I’m hoping LEI will make that essay available on lean.org.

By November 11, 2013 0 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

TRIUMPHPeople 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 term “lean production” arguably was first used in a MIT Sloan Management Review article by John Krafcik that was published 25 years ago this fall (Fall 1988), titled “Triumph of the Lean Production System” (pdf via LEI). In the 1980s, Krafcik, who worked with The Lean Enterprise Institute’s Jim Womack in the MIT International Motor Vehicle Program is now president and CEO of Hyundai North America (update: he’s now CEO of TrueCar).

By September 23, 2013 13 Comments Read More →
What the Book “Lean Thinking” Said About Healthcare in 1996

What the Book “Lean Thinking” Said About Healthcare in 1996

Lean_ThinkingWhen the book Lean Thinking (by Jim Womack and Dan Jones) was originally published in 1996, it seems likely that hardly anyone was applying Lean principles in healthcare. Sure, you had organizations applying TQM or CQI principles (or even some of the lessons of Dr. W. Edwards Deming) and Joan Wellman did some of her first Lean healthcare experiments in 1995, but there weren’t any “Lean healthcare” case studies yet.

The book (with the same text in the original and updated editions) spends about two pages talking about the potential of Lean principles in healthcare. You can likely read the pages (289 and 290) through the Amazon “look inside” feature or possibly through Google Books (search for “medical care”).

Toyota’s Jamie Bonini on Organizational Culture

Toyota’s Jamie Bonini on Organizational Culture

ToyotaLast 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 Global Operations program.

Jamie shared great insights on what we might call “Lean culture” as Toyota aims for and others have emulated.

April Fool: Announcing my Next #Lean Book Project – Baby’s First Lean Book

April Fool: Announcing my Next #Lean Book Project – Baby’s First Lean Book

bookAfter the nice response to Lean Hospitals and  Healthcare Kaizen, I often get asked, “So, what’s your next book going to be?” (other than the upcoming  Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen, that is).

I’ve had people suggest writing something about Lean in ambulatory care and outpatient clinic settings. Or maybe an introductory Lean book for another industry.

What I’ve decided to work on (and have already written, actually) might surprise you. But, I think you’ll like it. And your kids will like it too!

Toyota, Respect for People (or “Humanity”) and Lean

Toyota, Respect for People (or “Humanity”) and Lean

arethaA principle that has been often discussed (and hopefully practiced) in the Lean community over the past few years is usually described as “respect for people.” A certain British rabble rouser recently said at a Lean conference “all this respect for people stuff is horse sh*t,” and that it is a “conventional Western management interpretation.” He mocked the idea of “respect for people programs,” although I’m not sure where such a standalone program has ever been attempted.

Let me explain why he’s wrong and we can explore some great links on “respect for people” in this post.

By February 26, 2013 40 Comments Read More →