SME Lean Yearbook 2007


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I was very honored to be asked to write an essay/case study on lean healthcare for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers new “Lean Yearbook” publication and that book is out now. It's a large magazine format that is going free to all SME members with the regular Manufacturing Engineering magazine, but is can also be purchased separately for about $25.

The website is short on details, so here are some examples of the content, with many Lean Blog authors and friends represented!

  • Jim Womack, the “State of Lean 2007”
  • Jeff Liker and David Meier, “Chinese Companies Need Lean Management” (a topic David discussed on this Podcast)
  • Jamie Flinchbaugh and Andy Carlino, “Farther, Faster and more Sustainable”
  • Gary Connor, “Roadmap to Lean for the Smaller Shop”
  • Laurie Harbour-Felax, “Arrogance, Cultural Barriers Limit Detroit Three”
  • Jean Cunningham, “Integrating Lean and Information System Technologies”
  • Mary Poppendieck, “Bringing Lean to Software Development”
  • H. Thomas Johnson, “Manage a Living System, Not a Ledger”
  • Bryan Lund, “Training Within Industry”

I wrote a case study of an initial Lean implementation with a hospital in Kankakee IL, Riverside Medical Center.

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Mark Graban
Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker, and podcaster with experience in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. Mark's new book is The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation. He is also the author of Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More, the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, and the anthology Practicing Lean. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.


  1. As I told Mark when I read the article, he did a great job. He captured two insights that jumped right out at me: 1)Metrics are there to tell you how the system is performing. That’s a lot different from measuring people or departments. 2)The other was looking at eliminating muri – the overload – as freeing up mental space, just as eliminating muda frees up physical space.

    SME’s Mike Anderson deserves high marks too. Although he was not credited as such, he was the guy who pulled the whole issue together, getting contributions of some of the best of the best. He’s become one of SME’s secret weapons.


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