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Day One of the Lean Transformation Summit


Hello from the start of Day 2 of the annual LEI Lean Transformation Summit, my seventh consecutive day of wearing a convention badge around my neck. I love the meetings, but not the thing hanging around my neck!

Yesterday, I had a chance to see some bloggers who you might recognize as guest bloggers here and/or from their own blogs…

If you want to follow what people are saying at and about the summit, follow us on Twitter via the hastag #LEI10 (you can read without having a Twitter account).


In this picture, you see me with Dan Markovitz, a guest blogger here (right), and Joe Ely of the “Learning About Lean” blog (left). I had never met Joe before, so it was a real pleasure. He started his blog in 2002, believe it or not! The first lean blogger? Here is his blog post about Day 1 of the Summit.


In this next picture, you see a number of Lean “Tweeple” (what a strange term), some of whom are also bloggers. Tweetup is also a silly term, but oh well. From left to right are:

What fun to have a drink with these lean thinkers.

Some of the highlight comments from Day 1, via Twitter:

Img_0868_normalleanblog Toyota says people are satisfied by being given responsibility and authority.  #LEI10 How many organizations do that 4 all??  #lean

Adam_zak_executive_search_casual-compress_9405_normalLeanThinker #LEI10 #HR #Lean thought for the moment: there is no job security in doing non-value-added work. Adam Zakabout 15 hours ago from  UberTwitter

Arca-cube_normalArcaTechOEM #LEI10:  @lantechcom “Management is there to provide the tools to allow people to solve their own problems.#lantech #lean

Regan_headshot_square_normalLEIevents Jim Lancaster from  @LantechCom at  #LEI10: Daily management to maintain the current state frees up time to work on improvement projects  #lean

And I had a chance to practice a little quick kaizen:

Img_0868_normalleanblog @fastcap – my daily improvement at  #LEI10 summit, this board was blowing over when doors opened. A little tape: <— picture link

It was ugly, but it worked! It was quick, cheap, and it worked.

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent book is the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus. He is currently writing his next book, tentatively titled Measures of Success.

  1. Dean Bliss
    Dean Bliss says

    Looking forward to it. Have final arrangements been communicated?

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