Tag: Fail

How Failed Lean Implementations Are Like a Bad Home Theater System

Alternate title: “Lean is an Integrated System. Of Course Just Implementing Pieces Leads to Failure.” Throughout the 10 years that I’ve been involved with Lean healthcare efforts, I’ve heard multiple stories of organizations that ended their formal Lean initiatives. They do so, as I’ve been told, because they need to cut costs...

“Win”-dow Washing: Standardized Work or Kaizen?

I try to keep things light here on Saturdays... one of my favorite sites is failblog.org and their related blogs. Although they normally document...

Data vs. Facts, Illustrated

Two expressions get used often in the lean world, one from Dr. W. Edwards Deming and one from Toyota's Taiichi Ohno. Dr. Deming was...