Tag: Gemba

Visiting the Gemba & Seeing a Growing Culture of Continuous Improvement...

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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...

Guest Post: Tom Brady (TB12) – Lean Thinker

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Mark's Note: Today's post is by a new guest contributor, Tom Gormley. I first met Tom in 2009 or 2010 when my wife and...

What Do You (or Your ______) Like or Dislike Most About...

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This article caught my eye at Becker's Hospital Review: We asked 13 physicians what they really think of their hospital Even though organizations do formal physician...

Meet a Lean Blog Sponsor: Creative Safety Supply; Their “Gemba” Infographic

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Thanks to the team at Creative Safety Supply for their sponsorship of LeanBlog.org. They've been running ads in the right sidebar since 2013. They're a...

A Lean Guy Reads & Reviews “Henry Ford’s Lean Vision”

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I'm a car guy. Above all other mechanical devices that we engineers get to be involved with, I am fascinated most with these incredible...

Why It’s OK That This Suggestion Box Was Full of Cobwebs

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As a guy who started his career in manufacturing before moving to healthcare in 2005, I don't get many opportunities to visit the "Gemba"...

Lean: The Toyota Production System is Mainly About the Philosophy

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There's a triangle diagram on the TSSC webpage that describes an "integrated system" that consists of: technical methods, managerial methods, philosophy. All of this is "focused on people development," Jamie told me for the book. The model starts with people and human development in the middle, as "people are the most valuable resource," says Bonini.

Lean Would Be a Solution for What These Nurses Complain About

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In my time working with hospitals, I've always been very sympathetic to front-line nurses (and other staff). They are far too often overburdened and...

Guest Post: Is Your Organization Practicing “Unlean Lean”?

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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...

Wise Words from Mark Twain on Continuous Improvement and Perfection

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A hat tip goes to Brian Buck for sharing this quote via email recently. Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain, was a pithy and wise man. I didn't remember this quote, but it is attributed to him. It's very appropriate for the type of work we do...

More Notes on Dr. Deming & “If Japan Can, Why Can’t...

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Hopefully you've already seen the famed 1980 NBC documentary "If Japan Can, Why Can't We?" that featured Dr. W. Edwards Deming. I posted a link to the video and some notes on Part 1 of the broadcast. Today, I'd like to blog about Part 3 of the program...

Throwback Thursday: Flexing, Gemba Claus, Problems, Shook, Jail, and Holiday Gifts

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As we start easing into the holidays, I wanted to share a few throwback posts from this day or this week from previous years: From...