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Archived Since:March 4, 2008

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Texas Hospital Saves Money Occasionally With Lean Six Sigma… But Can Do More, More Often?

I saw this headline the other day about University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas: “UMC finds savings through waste“ The headline really should say “through waste reduction.” Reducing waste is, of course, a good thing. Reducing waste...Show More Summary

Airplane Food: Flight Attendant Kaizen or a Violation of Standardized Work?

Today’s blog post is about airplane food. It’s not about the quality of airplane food… it’s not an SNL Seinfeld-ish “what’s the deal with airplane food?” rant, if you remember that classic sketch. As I’ve sometimes blogged about, I fly American Airlines quite often and I’ve gained Executive Platinum frequent flyer status. Show More Summary

How Toyota Gets Organizations Started with TPS

Last week, I mentioned it was the 25th anniversary of TSSC — formerly known as the Toyota Supplier Support Center (it’s now called the Toyota Production System Support Center). TSSC helped Children’s Health in Dallas learn how to reduce...Show More Summary

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban Week of September 11: #Lean, Apple, #Deming

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

Safety Issues Plague Hospital(s) – Front Page of USA Today

I was on the road yesterday and picked up the business traveler’s hometown paper, USA Today. Here was the headline that greeted me, and I thought “which hospital?” Again, I’m reminded of the line from the movie “Fight Club” — it’s a major one. Show More Summary

Has the #Lean Movement Failed to Learn from Dr. #Deming’s Mistake?

One book about the late, great W. Edwards Deming that's been on my shelf for a while is The Deming Management Method, which was written by Mary Walton, a journalist who spent some time with Dr. Deming in the 1980s. I've finally picked...Show More Summary

Podcast 288 – Dean Gruner, MD on ACOs and Healthcare Reform

Joining me again for Episode #288 is Dean Gruner, MD, the recently retired CEO of ThedaCare, a health system in Wisconsin that has long been considered a worldwide leader in the practice of Lean in healthcare. Recently, in Episode #286,...Show More Summary

This Organization Chose Not to “Deploy #Lean” Because a Leader Thought it is Not Customer Focused?

I posted an article on LinkedIn last week as a companion article and summary of my podcast with Dean Gruner, MD, the recently retired CEO of ThedaCare. That article: "A Retired Hospital CEO Shares the Employee Feedback That was 'A Bucket of Cold Water to the Face.'" There have been over 125 comments so far... Show More Summary

Join me for a Change Management Workshop in Chicago on October 5

Just a quick announcement here. If you’re a regular blog reader, you might know about the “ExperienceChange” change management simulation and workshop that I facilitate. See my past blog posts about this workshop and the valuable lessons...Show More Summary

Toyota Helps Children’s Health Dallas Reduce Some CLABSI Infections 75%

First, on a personal note… some of you have reached out to express concern about me being in Orlando during Hurricane Irma. My wife and I both go back and forth between Orlando and Fort Worth because of her job and, thankfully, we are both in Texas during all of this. Show More Summary

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban Week of September 4: Toyota, #Lean, @KaiNexus

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 Coming Auto Industry Battle: Toyota’s People vs. Tesla’s Robots?

Here’s an interesting article from Fast Company: At Toyota, The Automation Is Human-Powered The sub headline reads: While the rest of the auto industry increasingly uses robots in manufacturing, Toyota has taken a contrarian stance by...Show More Summary

Podcast #287 – Harry Kenworthy, “Lean Government NOW!”

Joining me today for Episode #287 is another returning guest (see Episode #198), Harry Kenworthy. We're talking about his book, which will be released on Friday, Lean Government NOW! : Increase Service, Capacity and Employee Engagement...Show More Summary

Stop Wasting People’s Time (in a #LeanStartup or any Organization) by Separating Signal From Noise

Reminder: I’m doing a free mini-workshop in Austin tonight if you’re in the area. There’s still time to sign up. More info can be found here. This session is a dry run for a “lunch and learn” session that I’ll be doing at Lean Startup Week this November. Show More Summary

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban Week of August 28: Hurricane Relief, #Lean, and #Leadership

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

Happy Labor Day! Blog Holiday and Posts on Creating Better Workplaces

Hi – I’m taking a long weekend for Labor Day, but I’ll be back next week with more blog posts and podcasts. Here are a few past blog posts on the theme of Labor Day and it’s hopefully a helpful reminder to focus on safety and our obligation to employees. Show More Summary

Podcast 286 – Dean Gruner, MD on ThedaCare’s #Lean Journey

My guest for Episode #286 is Dean Gruner, MD, the recently retired CEO of ThedaCare, a health system in Wisconsin that has long been considered a worldwide leader in the practice of Lean in healthcare. See this article about his retirement,...Show More Summary

“Practicing Lean” Audiobook is Released! And a New Story on This Theme

I’m excited to announce that the audiobook version of our book Practicing Lean is complete! It’s available for purchase via LeanPub.com and it might be available through other channels in the future. The audiobook is nearly seven hours of audio, the entire book, completely unabridged. As per the LeanPub.com approach, you can choose your own price. Show More Summary

How NOT to Improve Patient Flow: Laws, Targets, Blame, and Threats

Let's start by stating the obvious: it sucks to wait 24 hours or more on a stretcher in an emergency department hallway waiting for a real hospital bed. It's sad and frustrating to have a couple of blog readers from Canada send me this...Show More Summary

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban Week of August 21: Coffee, Lean, Pizza, Tesla, and More

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

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