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Meeting A Professional Hero: Donald J. Wheeler, PhD, of “Understanding Variation”

Meeting A Professional Hero: Donald J. Wheeler, PhD, of “Understanding Variation”

I recently got to meet Prof. Donald J. Wheeler when he gave a keynote talk at the Society for Health Systems Conference. Check out his book Understanding Variation and learn more about him in this post.

New White Paper: “#Lean for Doctors”

New White Paper: “#Lean for Doctors”

I'm happy to share a link to a white paper that I co-authored for Catalysis (formerly the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value). The paper is titled: "Lean for Doctors." It's co-authored with Dr. John Toussaint and Dr. Jack Billi.

Learning & Emulating Without Copying Blindly from Duke Hoops, Toyota, or ThedaCare

Learning & Emulating Without Copying Blindly from Duke Hoops, Toyota, or ThedaCare

While I'm writing here about Northwestern men's basketball learning from Duke (without copying everything), the same ideas apply if you're Ford learning from Toyota or a hospital learning from ThedaCare.

The Advice about #Lean That Your Hospital CEO Should Be Getting

The Advice about #Lean That Your Hospital CEO Should Be Getting

Art Byrne's latest book, The Lean Turnaround Action Guide, has a lot of great tips that he's trying to share, CEO to CEO. How many CEOs are reading this book and heeding his advice, in manufacturing or in healthcare?

By February 21, 2017 3 Comments Read More →
But Pigs and Corn Aren’t Cars! #Lean in Farming

But Pigs and Corn Aren’t Cars! #Lean in Farming

I don’t know anything about farming. The only time I spend on “farms” is visits to wineries that grow grapes, as I’ve blogged about before.

I was contacted recently by Jesse Frost, who was working on this article that’s now been published online:

By December 9, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Podcast #267 – Steve Shortell on #Lean Healthcare Research

Podcast #267 – Steve Shortell on #Lean Healthcare Research

Joining me for Episode #267 is Stephen M. Shortell PhD, MPH, MBA. He is Blue Cross of California Distinguished Professorship, HPM and is a Professor of Organizational Behavior at the University of California Berkeley School of Public Health.

By November 7, 2016 1 Comments Read More →
ThedaCare CEO Dean Gruner to Retire; What’s Next for ThedaCare?

ThedaCare CEO Dean Gruner to Retire; What’s Next for ThedaCare?

A few weeks ago, I saw this announcement about Dean Gruner, MD, the second CEO to lead ThedaCare during their Lean journey:

Dr. Dean Gruner, ThedaCare President and CEO, Announces Retirement

“Dean Gruner, MD, president and CEO of ThedaCare since April 2008, today announced his plans to retire. Dr. Gruner began in healthcare 40 years ago, has served this community for 33 years, and has served as President and CEO of ThedaCare since April 2008.”

By October 19, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
#TBT: Posts from Julys Past

#TBT: Posts from Julys Past

I’m going to be away from the blog (and Twitter) through July 13, but here are some blog posts from Julys of years past.

2015: See How a British Psychiatrist is Using LEGO Videos to Explain Lean Healthcare

Strategy Deployment as a Series of Hypotheses or Predictions (Part 2)

Strategy Deployment as a Series of Hypotheses or Predictions (Part 2)

Here is the EXTREMELY belated Part 2 of my post, started in January 2015 with Part 1, on Strategy Deployment (SD) and hypotheses.

A few of you actually emailed me to ask where Part 2 is, so thank you :-)

This Upcoming Webinar on Change and Brain Science Will Open Your Eyes

This Upcoming Webinar on Change and Brain Science Will Open Your Eyes

I’ve known Dr. Mark Jaben for a while now… we share not just a similar sounding name, but also a passion for healthcare improvement. You can hear my 2014 podcast with him about change and brain science.

Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit Starts Today; Past Videos of Dr. John Toussaint

Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit Starts Today; Past Videos of Dr. John Toussaint

Today’s the first day of the two-day Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit, an annual event that’s being held this year near Miami. If you’re at the Summit, please find me to say hello.

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of June 6, 2016: Lean Hospitals, Ali, Patient Safety, GM & Toyota

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of June 6, 2016: Lean Hospitals, Ali, Patient Safety, GM & Toyota

Here’s the latest installment of “Key Tweets,” a weekly 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. See the previous installments of Key Tweets here.

#FrontierFail & Frontier Lies… Why Competence is Required Before Lean

#FrontierFail & Frontier Lies… Why Competence is Required Before Lean

I think I’m done complaining about Frontier Communications on Twitter. It’s been a very frustrating week, as I’m on day 6 of a complete internet outage. You can read my long rant about it here on LinkedIn:

Updates: NICU Innovation, Labs, MLB Netting, VA Waiting (and Cheating)

Updates: NICU Innovation, Labs, MLB Netting, VA Waiting (and Cheating)

I recently saw some updates and new details related to some topics I’ve covered here on the blog, so I’m combining them into this batch update.

In this post, we cover everything from a hospital NICU, to baseball, to healthcare waiting times and a scandal there that won’t die.

Dr. John Toussaint Responds to the NEJM Piece: What Lean Really Is

Dr. John Toussaint Responds to the NEJM Piece: What Lean Really Is

Regular readers will remember my post about the New England Journal of Medicine piece on Lean by Pamela Hartzband, M.D., and Jerome Groopman, M.D. that so badly confused Lean with top-down Taylorism.

John Toussaint, M.D., the former CEO of ThedaCare and CEO of the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value wrote a long response that was published last week by the Health Affairs blog:

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of April 4, 2016: Fishbones, Kaizen, Green Belt Nun

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of April 4, 2016: Fishbones, Kaizen, Green Belt Nun

Here’s the latest installment of “Key Tweets,” a weekly 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. See the previous installments of Key Tweets here.

Recorded Webinar with Jacob Stoller: “3 Primary Assumptions of Successful #Lean Leaders”

Recorded Webinar with Jacob Stoller: “3 Primary Assumptions of Successful #Lean Leaders”

Last year, you might have heard my podcast episode with author Jacob Stoller, talking about his book The Lean CEO.

Coming up on March 15, I’m happy to be hosting a KaiNexus webinar with him, where Stoller will be presenting about “The 3 Primary Assumptions of Successful #Lean Leaders.”

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of December 14, 2015: Holiday Prius, Lean Videos, What’s Kaizen Really?

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of December 14, 2015: Holiday Prius, Lean Videos, What’s Kaizen Really?

Here’s the latest installment of “Key Tweets,” a weekly 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. See the previous installments of Key Tweets here.

By December 18, 2015 0 Comments Read More →