What I Read and Commented On Yesterday in the Lean and Operations Blogosphere
I was traveling yesterday, so I read a number of blog posts that I kept open in my browser for my flight. I wrote an unusually high number of blog comments on other sites yesterday, so it ended up feeling like at least a few blog posts… so I'm tapped out.
In the spirit of a “blog carnival” as we often do, I'm going to link to the stuff I read and commented on, below.
- Jamie Flinchbaugh wrote a post saying that people and employees should not be called “assets” since it might invoke the idea of slavery. I disagreed in my comment here.
- Pete Abilla (@shmula) wrote a new post in a series he's doing about Lean at Starbucks – here is my comment. Instead of talking so much about the “What” and the “How,” Pete focuses on the “Why?” as a starting point.
- Ron Pereira wrote about a subject that strikes a nerve – does a “lean group” that swoops in from the outside to “fix” an area do more harm than good? Probably. I agree with Ron's assessment that this is often more L.A.M.E. than truly lean, because lean is all about the people improving their own work. My comment.
- Professor Barry Render wrote a post about a news story about long waits for doctors and what some clinics are doing about it. My comment is here. Jay and Berry are co-authors of an operations management textbook and they have a relatively new blog, so check it out.
- Tripp Babbitt had a very negative and cynical take on news reports of a medical journal article that discussed how hospitals could reduce operating room deaths by adopting the “checklists” methodology from aviation. His post and my comment – I think he was really off base.
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