Speaking Engagements for the Fall


I'm happy to announce that I will be speaking at a few events and forums this fall. The firm I work for will also be doing some events in Boston (September) and Dallas (November), so I hope to be able to share some details here.

Productivity Inc. Lean Healthcare Forum – Nashville, Oct 6-10, 2008

This looks to be an outstanding event, I'm hoping to attend the whole week (which would be great for networking with Lean Blog readers in attendance). My talk is titled, “Hospitals Heal Thyself: Using Lean Methods to Improve Patient Care.”

This session will look at the application of Lean tools in the healthcare setting. From years of working in hospitals, Mark explains the benefits for patients and hospital staff from the implementation of Value Stream Mapping, error proofing, layout and process design, problem solving and more. Mark outlines the lessons learned from implementation – what works, what didn't and lessons learned along the way. The presentation will also discuss the importance of focusing on people, not just tools, as part of the lean effort.

Other speakers include Steve Spear, Mike Rona, and Dean Bliss (a good friend of the blog).

Productivity Inc. also runs other conferences:


Partners in Business – Operational Excellence Seminar, Utah State University, Sept 3-4

I will be presenting here on “Lean Methods, Lean Culture, and Error Prevention.” Other presenters include Dr. John Toussaint (From ThedaCare), C. Martin Hinckley (his podcast is here), Cindy Jimmerson, and a VP from Danaher.

This is not a strictly healthcare focused event, but there will be some great healthcare content and general Lean lessons that are transferable across industries.



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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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