StoreSMART, a Rochester, New York-based manufacturer and retailer, has been an advertiser on this blog for over six months now. I also very much appreciate that they are trying to learn how to better serve those who are practicing Lean...
I’m guessing most “Lean thinkers” stayed home the other day on the “Black Friday” shopping day. Why might this be?
Visiting the Gemba & Seeing a Growing Culture of Continuous Improvement at Mary Greeley Medical Center
Recently, I wrote about an on-site event that I helped the Iowa Lean Consortium and Mary Greeley Medical Center (MGMC) organize… here is my first post about the morning of that event, if you missed it:
I’ve gotten to know to know Harry Kenworthy (pictured at left) over the past few years after meeting at a conference (the Northeast L.E.A.N. conference, I believe). The next Northeast L.E.A.N. Conference is October 4 and 5. It’s a great event and it’s too bad I can’t make it this year. I love the folks at GBMP, even though Lean is not an acronym :-)
Gwendolyn Galsworth is a leading thinker and author on Lean and various aspects of "visuality." One thing she talks about in the workplace is "information deficits."
As I guy who started his career in manufacturing before moving to healthcare in 2005, I don’t get many opportunities to visit the “gemba” at a factory very often anymore. I get to occasionally visit a Toyota plant (in the U.S. or Japan). As I’m getting settled back into the Dallas / Fort Worth (DFW) area, I’m reconnecting with some of the people I know through our local “Lean DFW” network.
Mark’s note: Today’s post is something that Drew Locher originally published in his email newsletter (sign up here), but he’s allowing me to post it here. I’ve met Drew through the Lean Enterprise Institute, as we’re both LEI faculty members, and we’ve crossed paths as various conferences. His newsletter resonated with me because it parallels my writing about “L.A.M.E.” or what Bob Emiliani calls “Fake Lean.“
Here is a post from today's date, October 27, back in 2008. The Wall Street Journal had an article that portrayed "Lean Office" activities as being the realm of control freaks more so than being anything that really helps improve performance.
Here’s the latest installment of “Key Tweets,” a post that summarizes some of my tweets (or retweets) from the week, including pictures and other fun stuff. Follow me @MarkGraban and join the fun and the conversation...
My two previous trips to Japan have been incredible experiences, both personally and professionally. I'm planning to go back in December with a tour group I'm helping organize with Kaizen Institute. When people go to Japan, I think they are expecting to see perfect Lean practices. But, no...
Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of September 14, 2015: Google Cars, Jon Taffer, Learning Simulations
Here's the latest installment of "Key Tweets," a post that summarizes some of my tweets (or retweets) from the week, including photos and other fun stuff. Follow me @MarkGraban and join the fun and the conversation. See the previous installments of Key Tweets here.
Mark’s Note: Today’s guest post is by Paul Critchley and while it shares a story from a manufacturing company, I could see a situation like this taking place in healthcare or in any large organization that doesn’t quite get what Lean is about.
I love what I do and I travel a lot… the travel can sometimes be a drag, such as last Monday’s flight delays with storms in Chicago, arriving in Toronto three hours late (after midnight). But, sometimes things work out in a surprisingly good way.
Here’s the latest installment of “Key Tweets,” a post that summarizes some of my tweets (or retweets) from the week. Follow me @MarkGraban and join the fun and the conversation. See the previous installments of Key Tweets here.
I saw this story when it originally appeared online as part of a local public radio station in California. It was now picked up nationally by NPR and a number of you emailed me about this Lean healthcare piece about UCLA Medical Center:
It’s time for another Throwback Thursday where I revisit a blog post from the past. To the left, that’s a baby Mark Graban… probably not actually thinking about Lean.
I referenced this post in my recent Keith Olber-Lean parody video… the post goes all the way back to 2007, the early days of Lean Blog:
I’ve been studying and working with Lean for 20 years now and I love Lean because I’m still learning and getting better at this craft. I love seeing other people get excited about Lean when it’s new to them, when they see the potential for improvement and the power of Lean.
A collection of creative videos was recently brought to my attention and I’d like to share them here. They are created by Dr. Mark Harrison (@leanpsychiatry), a psychiatrist for an NHS Trust. He created the videos by taking photos of LEGO creations and adding voiceover. It’s amazing that we all have the technology required to do this, between basic laptops and phones. It’s great to see the creativity that results.