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Variation in Definitions of #Lean (The Good, the Bad, and the Different)

One challenge with teaching Lean is that there isn’t aways a consistent definition that’s used by everybody. Some of the definitions are really bad. Some of them are just different from others. Let’s start with “different.” Is a lack...Show More Summary

Great White Paper: “No More Projects” (or “More Than Projects”)

I really enjoyed and appreciated this new white paper that was written by Dr. Lisa Yerian and Nate Hurle from The Cleveland Clinic: “No More Projects: Kick-starting a continuous-improvement culture in healthcare“ The paper was published...Show More Summary

Monday’s #Eclipse: Supply Chain Challenges and Eye Safety Considerations

Any rare event creates a number of challenges when it comes to manufacturing and supply chains. We're seeing a pretty historic "spike" in demand for products like the inexpensive glasses that allow one to safety view the eclipse (our...Show More Summary

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban Week of August 14: #Lean, #Safety, 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

Webinar Preview (8/30): “Teaming with Patients to Improve Safety”

I'm excited to be playing host for a KaiNexus webinar on August 30 on a topic that's very important to me (and to many) -- patient safety. As I mentioned yesterday on LinkedIn, estimates suggest that medical error is the third leading cause of death in the United States, with approximately 250,000 deaths a year... Show More Summary

DC Circuit ruling a positive sign on LNG

This week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rejected a challenge by Sierra Club to the Freeport LNG facility, a natural gas export project in Texas.... The post DC Circuit ruling a positive sign on LNG appeared first on Shopfloor.

“Boss Level Podcast” – Gen. Stan McChrystal and the Book “Team of Teams”

I’ve read most of retired General Stanley McChrystal’s excellent book Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World (I start a lot of books and finish a few). Amazon reminds me that I bought the book just over two years ago. I meant to blog about it and never got around to it (I have a lot of ideas about posts and write a few). Show More Summary

NAFTA: A Win for Manufacturing Workers

Negotiations for revising and modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) begin today, and American manufacturing workers whose jobs are dependent on exports are watching closely. NAFTA went into... The post NAFTA: A Win for Manufacturing Workers appeared first on Shopfloor.

My Webinar Today: Standardize What Makes Sense…

Today at 3 PM, I'm doing a webinar at the invitation of the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council, as part of their "Quality Café" series. Thanks for the invitation! It's open to the public and it's titled: "Standardize What Makes Sense... Show More Summary

Environmental Streamlining E.O. Opens Critical Relief Valve to Build Additional Infrastructure

Today, the President issued an executive order to streamline the federal permitting approval process as a part of his infrastructure initiative. Specifically, the executive order will simplify the permitting process... The post Environmental Streamlining E.O. Opens Critical Relief Valve to Build Additional Infrastructure appeared first on Shopfloor.

Why Lean Manufacturing… is Less Fun Than Google Autocomplete?

There’s a fun game you can play online in your browser… and it’s free. Start typing a phrase into the Google search box (or into the top bar of your Chrome browser, as I tend to do). The “autocomplete” suggestions from Google give some...Show More Summary

Does Being Giddy with Knowledge About Wine or Lean Cause Problems?

I enjoy “gemba visits” (of sorts) to wineries and vacations often focus on this walking, tasting, and learning. I usually read the wine column that’s in the Wall St. Journal each Saturday, and this one stood out to me: “Do You Have What...Show More Summary

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban Week of August 4

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

Consumer Prices Edged Up 0.1% in July, but Inflationary Pressures Have Cooled Overall

The Bureau of Labor Statistics said that consumer prices edged up 0.1 percent in July, ticking slightly higher after being unchanged in June. Food prices rose by 0.2 percent for... The post Consumer Prices Edged Up 0.1% in July, but Inflationary Pressures Have Cooled Overall appeared first on Shopfloor.

Running of the Red Beads in Austin – September 5

This year, I have the opportunity to run the W. Edwards Deming “Red Bead Experiment” at Lean Startup Week in San Francisco, with the main days being held on November 2 and 3. Come help me do a “dry run” of that lunch-and-learn session...Show More Summary

Canton Vote Shows Positive Culture and Collaboration at Nissan

Last week employees at Nissan in Canton, Mississippi sent a strong message by overwhelming deciding not to unionize. The campaign to unionize the Nissan employees lasted for months, but at... The post Canton Vote Shows Positive Culture and Collaboration at Nissan appeared first on Shopfloor.

Producer Prices Inched Down 0.1% in July, with Year-Over-Year Growth Steady at 2.0%

The Bureau of Labor Statistics said that producer prices for final demand goods and services inched down 0.1 percent in July, offsetting the 0.1 percent gain seen in June. For... The post Producer Prices Inched Down 0.1% in July, with Year-Over-Year Growth Steady at 2.0% appeared first on Shopfloor.

The Business Imperative to Tackle Sustainability Now

By, Cristian Barcan Vice President of Sustainability, Vinyl Institute Executive Director, Vinyl Business and Sustainability Council Proven support of sustainable development is the new business imperative. And it’s not just... The post The Business Imperative to Tackle Sustainability Now appeared first on Shopfloor.

Podcast #285 – Karen Martin (@KarenMartinOpex): “Is Lean Dead?”

Joining me for Episode #285 is my friend and colleague, Karen Martin. She was previously a guest on Episode #151 where we discussed) her book The Outstanding Organization and #190 we discussed her book Value Stream Mapping book. We'll...Show More Summary

Looming deadlines on health care taxes require urgent action

While manufacturers are disappointed that the Senate was unable to pass a full repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) in July, legislative efforts to combat the... The post Looming deadlines on health care taxes require urgent action appeared first on Shopfloor.

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