My Visit with the Lean Dentist, Part 1
Here is a photo of me and Dr. Sami Bahri, the World's First Lean Dentist. I spent the afternoon at his office, observing their “gemba”, talking with him and with his staff. What an incredible afternoon. I still need to absorb it all, but I will write about some highlights and what I saw.
If you zoom in on the photo, you can see some visual controls… a very manual (yet effective) “andon” system that indicates when somebody in a patient treatment area needs assistance. If you need a hint, it's the green cards.
That's good and all, but the Lean Dentist isn't about “Lean Tools.” It's a story of Lean Culture and an amazing spirit amongst all of the employees. It was my privilege to be hosted by them today.