Weekend Fun: Lean in a British Hospital Soap Opera


Hat tip to Paul Levy for sharing this video originally in his blog post.

Here is the video (you just have to watch the first minute to see the intro and the clip where the doctor talks about “Lean processing.):

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Mark Graban
Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker, and podcaster with experience in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. Mark's new book is The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation. He is also the author of Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More, the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, and the anthology Practicing Lean. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.


  1. Next week, on NBC’s “The Blacklist”:

    #35 The Bad Lean Sensei

    A bad Lean consultant is running around calling himself a “sensei,” but nearly everything he says is wrong, such as “Lean is for speed and you need Six Sigma for quality.” Reddington reveals the sensei’s identity just in time for Lizzy and the team to hunt him (or her!) down before it’s too late.

    (parental discretion is advised)

  2. Next week on CSI, the crime lab implements “Lean” methods to reduce the turnaround time on autopsy cases and other lab analysis, reducing non-value added time.

    CSI will re-launch as a series with 30-minute episodes, instead of being a full hour.

  3. Next Tuesday, a very special “Shark Tank: Lean Startup Edition,” where the sharks repeatedly ask the presenters how they plan to validate their hypotheses. Mark Cuban and Daymond John argue heatedly about investing on a product that’s clearly just an “MVP” that might not even be “viable” since it’s all based on vanity metrics.


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