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Throwback Thursday: A Look Back at Japan #Lean Healthcare Study Trips And a look ahead to a planned 2018 trip

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For today's Throwback Thursday, I'd like to look back at some blog posts about the trips I took to Japan in 2012 and 2014 to study Lean healthcare and Kaizen with healthcare practitioners from around the world.

In the two trips I've taken so far, I've learned a lot and have been inspired, not just by our Japanese hosts, but by the global participants of these visits.

I'm again partnering with Kaizen Institute to plan and help lead a trip that will be held in the last week of February, as I wrote about here:

Come Join Me to Study Lean & Kaizen for Healthcare: Japan 2018

Learn more at www.JapanLeanTrip.com

I think these posts give you a sense of the types of things you see, hear about, learn about, and discuss during our next trip:


Posts From the 2012 Trip

Visiting the Toyota Museum in Nagoya

Andon Cords at the Toyota Takaota Plant – It Doesn't Come Naturally?

Standardized Work: “Unity in the Essential, Liberty in the Non-Essential…”

A Japanese Hospital CEO on Kaizen, Innovation & Breakthrough

The “Gold Prize” Kaizen QC Project Saved How Much?

Japan Tour Reflections: Taking Home Lean Artifacts or Lean Thinking?

Japan Trip: Going to Gemba and Seeing 5S at a Japanese Hospital

Posts From the 2014 Trip

Our Toyota Tour Guide's Kaizen

“Quality Circles” Are Alive & Well in Japanese Organizations; We Might Call it A3 Problem Solving

The Kaizen Approach to Getting Others Comfortable with Sushi

Words vs. Simple Visuals; A Secret About Japanese Hospitals

Good Ideas, Lean Ideas, Keep Crossing the Pacific

Looking back at the Toyota Tsutsumi plant tour, part 1

Looking back at the Toyota Tsutsumi plant tour, part 2

5S: The Good, the Bad, and the Extreme in Japanese Hospitals


Come join us next year!

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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 an anthology titled 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. His next book, to be released in 2018, is Measures of Success.

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