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Key Tweets from @MarkGraban Week of Jan 9: Shook, Coffee, Free #Lean Books

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban Week of Jan 9: Shook, Coffee, Free #Lean Books






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 fun stuff. Follow me @MarkGraban and join the fun and the conversation. See the previous installments of Key Tweets here. read more






By January 13, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Contest: Win a Set of #Lean & #PatientSafety Books Plus Some StoreSMART Supplies

Contest: Win a Set of #Lean & #PatientSafety Books Plus Some StoreSMART Supplies






StoreSMART, a Rochester, New York-based manufacturer and retailer, has been an advertiser on this blog for over six months now. They’re not just running ads and trying to sell stuff… I also very much appreciate that they are trying to learn how to better serve those who are practicing Lean and we’ve spent a lot of time […]






By January 12, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Podcast #271 – @IsaacMitchell, #Lean Design in Healthcare

Podcast #271 – @IsaacMitchell, #Lean Design in Healthcare






Joining me for Episode #271 is Isaac Mitchell (@IsaacMitchell), talking about Lean Design for healthcare, the Society for Health Systems, and more. Isaac is a full-time lean practitioner at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, a lecturer at the University of Tennessee’s Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and an instructor for the Institute of Industrial and […]






By January 11, 2017 1 Comments Read More →

Lean Podcasts

Podcast #271 – @IsaacMitchell, #Lean Design in Healthcare

Podcast #271 – @IsaacMitchell, #Lean Design in Healthcare






Joining me for Episode #271 is Isaac Mitchell (@IsaacMitchell), talking about Lean Design for healthcare, the Society for Health Systems, and more. Isaac is a full-time lean practitioner at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, a lecturer at the University of Tennessee’s Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and an instructor for the Institute of Industrial and […]






By January 11, 2017 1 Comments Read More →
Podcast #270 – Dr. Paul DeChant & Dr. Diane Shannon on “Preventing Physician Burnout”

Podcast #270 – Dr. Paul DeChant & Dr. Diane Shannon on “Preventing Physician Burnout”






My guests for Episode #270 of the podcast are two physicians: Paul DeChant, MD and Diane Shannon, MD. They are co-authors of the recently-released book Preventing Physician Burnout: Curing the Chaos and Returning Joy to the Practice of Medicine.











By January 4, 2017 3 Comments Read More →
Podcast #269 – Brian MacNeice & James Bowen, “Powerhouse” Book, Toyota, Mayo

Podcast #269 – Brian MacNeice & James Bowen, “Powerhouse” Book, Toyota, Mayo






Joining me for Episode #269 are Brian MacNeice & James Bowen, co-authors of the recently released book Powerhouse: Insider Accounts into the World’s Top High-performance Organizations. They are founders of the international Kotinos Partners consultancy. In this episode, we talk about the book and take a deeper dive into two of the organizations they profiled: Toyota and […]






By December 7, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Featured Videos

Mark Graban, Quality Digest Interview (With Transcript)

Mark Graban, Quality Digest Interview (With Transcript)






Dirk Dusharme, Mike Richman, and I talked about: The 3rd edition of Lean Hospitals, This article I wrote for Quality Digest, and more such as: Why we need to remind everybody that Lean is about flow AND quality Do names and terms matter? How do we get healthcare professionals to be excited instead of cynical about […]






“Healthcare Kaizen” Videos from Franciscan St. Francis

“Healthcare Kaizen” Videos from Franciscan St. Francis






If you ever hear people say something like “Lean doesn’t work in healthcare,” you could point people to these videos that are at the top of this post (and in these blog posts and this YouTube playlist). In the videos, you’ll see staff and leaders talk bout “Kaizen” or continuous improvement. It’s powerful to see […]






By February 23, 2016 1 Comments Read More →
Webinar Recording – Why Change Management and Lean Are So Important

Webinar Recording – Why Change Management and Lean Are So Important






Yesterday, I did a webinar about the “ExperienceChange” workshops that I’m facilitating and would love to bring to your organization. In the webinar, the first part talks about the need for change management practices and higher levels of employee engagement…











By December 4, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Other Recent Lean Posts

Marie Osmond and The Excuses for Not Getting Lean

Marie Osmond and The Excuses for Not Getting Lean






Hear Mark read the post (subscribe to the podcast series): I don’t normally pay too much attention to TV commercials, but I was working out the other day and had TV streaming through my iPhone. Appropriately enough, a Nutrisystem ad with Marie Osmond started playing. I wouldn’t have really watched the ad, but the app froze […]






By January 10, 2017 2 Comments Read More →
Better Metrics & “Understanding Variation” – An Important Topic for Healthcare

Better Metrics & “Understanding Variation” – An Important Topic for Healthcare






My favorite book, as I’ve written about before, is not a “Lean book” — it’s Understanding Variation: The Key to Managing Chaos by Donald J. Wheeler, PhD. It might look like a book about statistics…











By January 9, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Key Tweets from @MarkGraban Week of Jan 2: Mistake Proofing Paint, Misplaced Coffee, & More

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban Week of Jan 2: Mistake Proofing Paint, Misplaced Coffee, & 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 fun stuff. Follow me @MarkGraban and join the fun and the conversation. See the previous installments of Key Tweets here. read more






By January 7, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
My Post for the Deming Institute Blog: Why Dr. Deming’s Work is So Important to Me

My Post for the Deming Institute Blog: Why Dr. Deming’s Work is So Important to Me






I’m extremely honored that The W. Edwards Deming Institute published my first blog post in a series of three that I’ve written for them, to be published over the next month or so.











By January 6, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
What the World’s Best Organizations (in Business or Sports) Do…

What the World’s Best Organizations (in Business or Sports) Do…






Domonique Foxworth, who earned an MBA from Harvard Business School after his NFL playing days, says, “… there are competitive advantages to be gained in the way that organizations are run.”











By January 5, 2017 2 Comments Read More →