Valentine’s Day Thoughts & Past Posts

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gemba candyIt's Valentine's Day. I'll be on a flight home from Boston later, hoping to see my wife at least a little bit on this day. Anyway, we never go out to dinner on Valentine's Day proper — our attempt to help “level load” the restaurants (and we get plenty of chances to go out otherwise).

Did you know you can create (and buy) customized NECCO “sweethearts” candies that include Lean phrases? I should plan better next year and get some of these made to take with me to conferences (a reminder is going on my calendar).

You can also order custom candies like this through mycustomcandy.com.

Here are a few previous Lean Blog posts that touch on topics of Love or Valentine's:

And there was a series of “Lean Love”  posts written by Mike Lopez in 2007:

I'm pretty sure that this Lean Startup-themed book is a joke, but who knows:

 

Then, there's Doctor Muda‘s recent tweet where he apparently misunderstands “employee engagement” and the purpose of operating room team members introducing themselves before a procedure:

Oh, and there was this funny Saturday Night Live commercial about the problems that result from thoughtless “just in time” gift buying.

I'm not suggesting any of you “value stream map” your romance or your love life or anything, but these are some thoughts for this special day, at least.

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional 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 a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus. His latest book has been released as an "in-progress" book, titled Measures of Success.

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