Throwback Thursday: A Look Back at Japan #Lean Healthcare Study Trips


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:

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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, and 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 Small Improvement — Kaizen in Action

“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

My Visit to the Toyota Tsutsumi Plant, Part 1

Visiting and Touring the Toyota Tsutsumi Plant, Part 2

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

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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.


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