Episode #3 of the “Lean Whiskey” Podcast (With Guest Host Chris Burnham)

Chris Burnham and Mark Graban

Jamie Flinchbaugh and I had a great time with the first two episodes of “Lean Whiskey.” Thanks to everyone who has subscribed, rated, and reviewed our podcast.

Part of the original concept was to also sometimes have guest hosts (like the TV show “Pardon the Interruption” does). The first guest host joining me is my friend Chris Burnham. Chris is also an experienced Lean practitioner and leader, and we've talked about Lean over whiskey in person (at last year's KaiNexus User Conference). Oh, and we collaborated on the webinar he recently did for KaiNexus.

We follow the “standardized work” for Lean Whiskey… we chat about what we're sipping (Kentucky rye whiskeys), discuss two articles from the news, and we answer a listener question. Since standardized work is always open to “kaizen” improvements, we added a short segment called “Lean Pet Peeves.”

Jamie will be back for Episode #4. Thanks for listening and scroll down to listen, get show notes and links, and more.


Here is the third episode if you want to stream it:

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Episode #3 Show Notes

Chris Burnham and Mark Graban start Episode 3 by telling listeners how they met and a little bit about the experience Chris has with Lean in multiple settings.

We chat about the very different Kentucky Rye Whiskeys they are drinking and they move on to topics in the news, covering surgeon behavior and patient outcomes, along with robots and workers in a Lean context.

We also answered a listener question about “communities of practice.”

Here are links to what we discussed:


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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published 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.

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