Category: Kaizen

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GA 156 | The Current State of Lean in Healthcare with Mark Graban and Joe Swartz

This week’s guests are Mark Graban and Joe Swartz, both leaders in lean healthcare. They discussed the past and current states of lean in healthcare, as well as their upcoming workshop, Kaizen Live. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Mark’s background

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Facing the Firing Squad

By Steve Kane   I recently had the opportunity to watch a value stream mapping training event in an administrative process.  These types of events are enjoyable for me because I always learn something new.  The lesson learned this time was quite unexpected. The 15 or so people attending the

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There’s More to Nemawashi than Consensus

A local grocery store has been doing some major remodeling. This summer they redesigned their parking lot, including new landscaping. A number of young oak trees were planted in the soil beds dividing the parking area into sections. This is a great idea. Previously the parking lot was quite bare

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The Three Rules for Rules

Many people find even the idea of rules, standards and policies to be stifling. Poorly designed and executed rules can indeed be stifling. But so can working with a total lack of rules, standards and order. Rules are the foundation of continuous improvement and essential to a lean enterprise. Some

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The Best Kaizen is Still Better Kaizen

It’s surprising to be quoted, especially when I can find no memory or record of it. But I don’t disavow these words of mine from The Daily Kaizen blog brought to you by the lean senseis at Group Health Cooperative: “Sometimes the best kaizen is no kaizen at all.” I

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Visualizing the Benefit of Small Improvement Steps

One of the foundational principles of kaizen is that one takes many small steps toward the ideal condition, continually. The strength of this approach is that by keeping the steps small it is both psychologically and physically easier to take action, causing a positive feedback loop as people are encouraged

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