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Podcast #283 – Jim Lancaster, CEO of Lantech, on “The Work of Management”

Joining me today is Jim Lancaster, CEO of the company Lantech, a manufacturer that is the leader in stretch wrap technology and innovation, as well as case handling equipment. Jim is also author of the new book, published by the Lean...Show More Summary

Easier, Better, Faster, Cheaper… What’s Missing There?

Follow the two main days of our “Kaizen Live” event and site visit at Franciscan St. Francis Health the next two days on Twitter using the hashtag #KaizenLive. Last year, at our “Kaizen Live” optional pre-class, we talked about the priorities...Show More Summary

A Confusing Rule That Seemed to Not Be Enforced: Minor League Baseball

Do baseball games take too long? It’s a popular discussion topic in recent years. I grew up playing and watching baseball… I think the game is just fine. It is what it is. It’s unencumbered by time, and I’m an industrial engineer who...Show More Summary

Why and How This Pizza Restaurant Owner Engages People Through Kaizen

A culture of continuous improvement is really powerful - in a pizza restaurant or any type of workplace. It engages Milennials and people from other generations too... Continue reading Why and How This Pizza Restaurant Owner Engages People Through Kaizen at Lean Blog.

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban Week of May 15

Here’s the latest installment of “Key Tweets,” a (usually) weekly post that summarizes some of my tweets (or retweets) from the week, including pictures and other interesting stuff. You can follow me @MarkGraban and join the fun and the conversation, but you don’t need a Twitter account to view any of this. Show More Summary

Flashback Friday: Demolition Errors, Mistake Proofing, and Healthcare

In recent years, I've written two blog posts about the sad scenarios where the wrong building was demolished by a crew. In these scenarios, it's easy to blame "bad crew" instead of looking at systemic causes of such an error. HavingShow More Summary

Podcast #282 – Dr. Lisa Yerian & Nate Hurle from The Cleveland Clinic

My guests for Episode #282 of the podcast are two continuous improvement leaders from Cleveland Clinic: Dr. Lisa Yerian and Nate Hurle. Lisa is the Medical Director, Continuous Improvement and Nate is the Senior Director, ContinuousShow More Summary

A Prototype For My “Two-Bin Hand Sanitizer” Concept

Does your healthcare organization struggle with keeping hand sanitizer dispensers full? Let me know what you think of this "two-bin kanban" system prototype from a vendor that might more forward on this... Continue reading A Prototype For My “Two-Bin Hand Sanitizer” Concept at Lean Blog.

A Lesson From Toyota: Thanking Employees for Pointing Out Problems

Thanks to Lean Frontiers for sharing a story from Mike Hoseus on LinkedIn. Mike is, of course, co-author of the excellent book Toyota Culture: The Heart and Soul of the Toyota Way (written with Jeff Liker, who I just learned is retiring from the University of Michigan... Show More Summary

Reader Question: Why I Got into Lean Healthcare

A reader asks why I got involved with Lean in healthcare. In this post, I share what I wrote about this in the preface to "Lean Hospitals" and I share some additional thoughts and reflections. Continue reading Reader Question: Why I Got into Lean Healthcare at Lean Blog.

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban Week of May 8

Here's the latest installment of "Key Tweets," a (usually) weekly post that summarizes some of my tweets (or retweets) from the week, including pictures and other interesting stuff. You can follow me @MarkGraban and join the fun and the conversation, but you don't need a Twitter account to view any of this. Show More Summary

Webinar Preview: Digital Improvement Boards & KaiNexus

I’m going to be presenting a webinar with Dr. Greg Jacobson, the CEO and co-founder of KaiNexus on Tuesday May 16: Taking Improvement Boards Digital: How Leading Companies are Improving Visual Management It’s a free webinar… register...Show More Summary

3 Recent Audience Questions on Kaizen & Continuous Improvement

Here are three audience questions we didn't have time to address after a recent talk that I gave... questions about engaging people in improvement and about how to share and spread improvement ideas broadly. Continue reading 3 Recent Audience Questions on Kaizen & Continuous Improvement at Lean Blog.

Thoughts on “Good” vs. “Better” from My College Marching Band Director, Dr. Stephen G. Peterson

What are the parallels between the mindsets and approach of a world-class university band director and our mindsets in Lean, Kaizen, and continuous improvement, in healthcare or beyond? Continue reading Thoughts on “Good” vs. “Better” from My College Marching Band Director, Dr. Stephen G. Peterson at Lean Blog.

Podcast #281 – Julie Firman, a CNO’s Role in #Lean Transformation

Joining me for Episode #281 of the podcast is Julie Firman, DNP, RN, FACHE, the Vice President/ System Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) at Southern Illinois Healthcare. Continue reading Podcast #281 – Julie Firman, a CNO’s Role in #Lean Transformation at Lean Blog.

Reader Question: A Lone Wolf in #Lean Facilitator’s Clothing

Today’s reader question comes from somebody who has been put in the position of what I call “the lone wolf” in a health system. This happens a lot. A health system hires or designates one person to be “the Lean change agent.” It doesn’t...Show More Summary

Why I Was Happy My Website Host Mistake Proofed Against Me Deleting the Wrong Site

Mistake proofing is a core Lean / TPS concept that makes it harder for people to do the wrong thing. Ideally, we make it impossible for errors to occur. This might be easier in physical settings, but can also be done in the digital realm. Continue reading Why I Was Happy My Website Host Mistake Proofed Against Me Deleting the Wrong Site at Lean Blog.

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban Week of May 1

Here’s the latest installment of “Key Tweets,” a (usually) weekly post that summarizes some of my tweets (or retweets) from the week, including pictures and other interesting stuff. You can follow me @MarkGraban and join the fun and the conversation, but you don’t need a Twitter account to view any of this. Show More Summary

The Good and the Bad of the United CEO’s Follow Up to Flight 3411

It's good that United's CEO has taken responsibility for system problems. It's great that they are changing some policies. But why does he say they don't have a culture problem if employees aren't empowered? That sounds like "culture" and a "problem" to me. Continue reading The Good and the Bad of the United CEO’s Follow Up to Flight 3411 at Lean Blog.

My LinkedIn Article: Supply Chain Matters – at the Oscars® and in Hospitals

The mistakes at The Oscars were trivial and unimportant in the grand scheme of things. What are some lessons learned that apply to improving healthcare supply chains? Continue reading My LinkedIn Article: Supply Chain Matters – at the Oscars® and in Hospitals at Lean Blog.

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