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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  Jim 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

Please upgrade your browser MP3 File (run time 24:40) 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. Today, we talk about how got introduced […]

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?

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 […]

NPR on the “End of the Line” at NUMMI and My Story About an Interviewee

Here’s some Saturday morning listening… a story from yesterday’s “All Things Considered” on the “End of the Line” at the NUMMI plant (the GM / Toyota joint venture that will produce its last car next week). The story highlights some of the problems the old Freemont CA plant had before GM closed it the first […]

Video Interview with LEI’s Jim Womack

Video Interview with LEI’s Jim Womack

Jim Womack visited  Lantech, a manufacturer of stretch wrappers and other packaging equipment. While there and visiting the “gemba,” Jim was interviewed about Lean, what he saw at Lantech, and Toyota’s recent problems. You can see the interview  here, in five separate parts, or you can see the whole interview below, via YouTube. In the […]

Revisiting and Re-reading Dr. Deming’s “Out of the Crisis” – Chapter 1

Revisiting and Re-reading Dr. Deming’s “Out of the Crisis” – Chapter 1

For a number of reasons, I’ve decided to re-read my copy of one of the most influential books I’ve ever read:  Out of the Crisis by the late, great Dr. W. Edwards Deming. In the light of Toyota’s recent quality problems, it’s been suggested by some that Toyota has gotten away from the teachings of […]

By February 8, 2010 5 Comments Read More →

The Impact of Toyota’s Quality Problems on “Lean Healthcare”?

As I’m traveling back from Sweden today, I think I’ll be catching up on the web reaction to Toyota’s major quality problems and recalls. I am not a Toyota insider and I don’t claim to know what happened or what Toyota will do. All I can write about is public perception and how this impacts […]

By January 30, 2010 19 Comments Read More →

Lean Healthcare Overview Video from Americans in Sweden

As I’m currently in Sweden, I was reminded of this video I found recently featuring John Black, a lean healthcare consultant and author who previously worked with Boeing and Gary Larson, a Vice President from Park Nicollet in Minneapolis (a member of the Healthcare Value Leaders Network). The video was shot as they visited Jönköping […]

By January 26, 2010 1 Comments Read More →