We're working to make the world a better place through Lean… better processes, better leadership, better workplaces… and better results! Oh, and we'd like to have some fun while we're doing that.
Welcome to Mark Graban's Lean Blog, a site that was started in January 2005 to host news, commentary, and discussion about “Lean” – the methodology and management system based on the Toyota Production System. The site has evolved in parallel with Mark's career – focusing at first on Lean Management in the manufacturing world, but focusing more on healthcare over time after Mark moved into that industry in late 2005.
Lean Blog covers a number of themes about lean that are universal, regardless of industry. This blog led to Mark's Shingo Award-winning books: Lean Hospitals: Improving Quality, Patient Safety, and Employee Engagement (now in a 3rd edition) and Healthcare Kaizen: Engaging Front-Line Staff in Sustainable Continuous Improvements.
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I may blog about former employers, which include General Motors, Dell Inc., Johnson & Johnson (ValuMetrix Services), and the Lean Enterprise Institute.
I currently have financial relationships with other individuals or organizations that might be mentioned on the blog:
- KaiNexus (as a contractor and a shareholder)
- Lean Enterprise Institute (as a former employee and current faculty member)
- Catalysis (as a faculty member)
- Productivity Press / CRC Press (as an author)
- Value Capture, LLC (as a contractor / consultant)
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- Stiles Associates
- American LED-gible Inc.
- Creative Safety Supply
- The 5S Store
- Lean Learning Center
- Gemba Academy
- Lean Posters, Inc.
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- Jody Crane, MD: Lean in Emergency Medicine and Hospitals; 3 Big Issues Causing Tough Times in Healthcare - February 1, 2023
- Alternative History: GM Uses Lean to Remain #1 in the Auto Industry - January 31, 2023
- Fall in Love with the Problem, not the Solution: In Entrepreneurship and Continuous Improvement - January 29, 2023