Tag: Womack

Interview with Former ThedaCare Leader Kathryn Correia

Interview with Former ThedaCare Leader Kathryn Correia

Here’s a nice interview with Kathryn Correia, CEO of HealthEast in Minnesota, a former ThedaCare executive: “Lean approach at HealthEast.” From the piece: Correia is a firm believer in “Lean Business,” a management framework popularized in the 1997 book by James Womack and Daniel Jones. The goal of the “lean” approach is to help companies […]

New Lean Blog Charity Auctions – Great Books on #Lean, #Quality, #Deming!

New Lean Blog Charity Auctions – Great Books on #Lean, #Quality, #Deming!

Update 5/1/12 – more auctions! Back in October, we raised about $1000 for Friends of the Orphans through a charity auction, for which authors and publishers generously donated books. Now, I’m happy to present another auction that comes as a result of me “5S-ing” my home office as my wife and I prepare for our […]

Frequently Highlighted Passages in “Lean Hospitals”

Frequently Highlighted Passages in “Lean Hospitals”

I love my Amazon Kindle (I have had a 2nd generation 3G Kindle for about two years). Amazon has recently made the device more “social,” where you can share highlights and notes that you take about a book via Twitter, Facebook, or the web. Here are my notes that I’ve made publicly available. It’s also […]

Podcast #118 – Jim Womack on GM, Toyota & Lean Six Sigma

Podcast #118 – Jim Womack on GM, Toyota & Lean Six Sigma

Please upgrade your browser MP3 File (run time 29:14) Episode #118 is a follow up to podcast #116 with ┬áJim Womack, founder and former Chairman of the Lean Enterprise Institute, now their Senior Advisor and author of the new book Gemba Walks, available in paperback, Kindle format, iBooks, and other formats. In this episode, we […]

Fox News Channel Understands “Lean” Better than the WSJ

Fox News Channel Understands “Lean” Better than the WSJ

On Friday, there was yet another Wall Street Journal article about Lean (fixating as they always do on the “Just In Time” component). The article titled “For Lean Factories, No Buffer” yet again takes an outdated 1980s view that Lean is about low inventory. On the flip side, I was more pleasantly surprised that Fox […]

Podcast #116 – Jim Womack, His New Book “Gemba Walks”

Podcast #116 – Jim Womack, His New Book “Gemba Walks”

Please upgrade your browser MP3 File (run time 24:31) Episode #116 is a chat with ┬áJim Womack, founder and former Chairman of the Lean Enterprise Institue, now their Senior Advisor and author of the new book “Gemba Walks,” available in paperback, Kindle format, iBooks, and other formats. Here, we talk about the new book, how […]

GM Blames Layoffs on the Japan Earthquake and JIT; Should Instead Look in Mirror

GM Blames Layoffs on the Japan Earthquake and JIT; Should Instead Look in Mirror

Let me give a big ole’ Texas-sized hat tip to Bob Emiliani for sending me this sad article with the headline“General Motors lays off workers at NY plant.” This is an addition to earlier Shreveport layoffs. The media will let GM off the hook as the parts shortages are the result of the tragic Japan […]

Podcast #115 – Eric Ries (@ericries), The #LeanStartup

Podcast #115 – Eric Ries (@ericries), The #LeanStartup

Episode #115 is a discussion with Eric Ries (@ericries), entrepreneur and author of the upcoming book The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses. You can also read a transcript of the podcast. This podcast is now part of the “Lean Blog Archive” podcast series on iTunes. Today, we […]

No, not THAT “Lean” or THAT John Shook…

If you search the web or Twitter for common terms like Lean or thought leaders like John Shook or James P. Womack, you might shake your head a bit at what you find. No, John Shook is not an outspoken atheist and “Lean” (at least as we’re discussing it here) is not an illegal drug, […]

By December 2, 2010 3 Comments Read More →

Guest Post – Lean Myth: Lean is stressful for workers

Mark’s Note: Today’s post is by David Veech (pdf bio), the Executive Director of the Institute for Lean Systems. A fear or anxiety that people often have when they hear the term “lean” is that it will be a stressful environment, sort of like the famous Lucy & Ethel chocolate factory scene. David writes about […]

By October 29, 2010 11 Comments Read More →
The One Where John Seddon Inaccurately Criticizes Jim Womack

The One Where John Seddon Inaccurately Criticizes Jim Womack

When I read John Seddon’s book Freedom from Command & Control: Rethinking Management for Lean Service, I was a fan. I thought here is someone from the Dr. Deming lineage who has a good message about what’s wrong with traditional management. Unfortunately, in the past few years, I’ve been increasing disappointed with both the tenor […]

Reader Question: Asset Optimizers and Point Optimizers

Reader Question: Asset Optimizers and Point Optimizers

It’s time for another in my Reader Questions series, this question comes from Brian via email. If you have a question or topic that you’d like me to address, you can contact me via the web or by leaving a voice mail. Today’s question looks for clarifications about the terms “asset optimizers” and “point optimizers.” […]

By September 30, 2010 1 Comments Read More →

Who Coined the Term “Lean”? And Where is He Today?

People often ask “So where did the term ‘lean’ come from?” It didn’t come from Toyota. And the term isn’t an acronym (so no need to type it as LEAN or L.E.A.N.). The term came from John Krafcik, who was a graduate student at MIT, working for Lean Enterprise Institute founder Jim Womack on the […]

John Shook to Replace Jim Womack as CEO of Lean Enterprise Institute

John Shook to Replace Jim Womack as CEO of Lean Enterprise Institute

By now, you may have read the news release and/or e-letter (scroll way down) from the Lean Enterprise Institute that announces founder and chairman James P. Womack is stepping down as CEO of LEI, to be replaced by longtime LEI senior advisor, and former Toyota manager, John Shook. It’s an understatement to say that Jim […]

By August 24, 2010 5 Comments Read More →
Jim Womack: “Tipping Point” for Lean Healthcare?

Jim Womack: “Tipping Point” for Lean Healthcare?

I’m still catching up on things I wanted to blog about related to our Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit that we held June 9 and 10. It was an amazing event and something we’re looking forward to duplicating – improving and expanding – in 2011 (click for the Healthcare Value Leaders main page that has a […]

Guest Post: You Don’t Have to be Lean to be Good

Guest Post: You Don’t Have to be Lean to be Good

Mark’s note: Today’s post is from a regular guest blogger and a friend of mine, Dan Markovitz – his regular blog can be found at his ‘TimeBack Management site. I saw Dan again a few weeks back at the Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit. I’ve just arrived back from vacation yesterday, rested after some adventures, and […]

Notes from Dr. Brent James at the Shingo Prize, Part 1 – MD/Admin Split

Notes from Dr. Brent James at the Shingo Prize, Part 1 – MD/Admin Split

At last week’s Shingo Prize conference, I was very excited to meet Dr. Stephen Covey (my podcast is here), but I was just as excited, if not more so, to meet Dr. Brent James, the noted healthcare quality expert from the Intermountain Healthcare system. Dr. James was on the cover of the New York Times […]

Read this Book – But Don’t Copy ThedaCare

Read this Book – But Don’t Copy ThedaCare

Due out in June is a book that I think will be an important one for the Lean Healthcare movement. That book is about the Lean journey of the Wisconsin health system ThedaCare. It’s called “On the Mend: Transforming Healthcare to Save Lives and Transform the Industry,” published by the Lean Enterprise Institute (conflict of […]