Lean on the Road

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While traveling, even on vacation, you can see lean concepts abound:

  • SFO airport, the escalator has a sign that says “no carts” (the big luggage carts), but they also put in an error proofing device, a “template” that is wide enough for a person to walk through with a suitcase, but not with a cart (no picture, sorry).
  • Toyota has an ad in Newsweek that talks about the millions they spent on U.S. suppliers, the ad has a nice photo of parts containers with kanban cards all attached (I'll scan that and put it online next week).
  • Saw an Apple ad for their new laptops with a magnetic power cord attachment. That way, if you trip over the cord, it's less likely to pull your laptop down onto the ground. Nice error proofing!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.

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