I wrote a blog post for KaiNexus that's the first in a series that we're going to run about “Opportunities for Improvement” in everyday situations like golfing, walking for exercise, getting take out food… or my post about going to the grocery store and what we (and the stores) are doing better (or could do […]
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I’ve been studying lean in hospitals since the mid 1990s – co-wrote a book about it with a Nursing Director. I’m confined, but people tell me their gemba stories. It’s awful. It’s frightening. It’s inspiring. A hospital is a complex being – […]
Lean thinkers, the first question is what can we do to create psychological safety for people affected so that they feel enabled to be cautious and break the chain of transmission? But a second crisis is looming that we, lean […]
It's great to see examples of manufacturing companies being flexible and adaptive in these challenging times. Lean methods are often providing a huge boost in what can be life-saving efforts. Lean often gets mislabeled as a “low inventory” system (or “zero inventories”) but that misses the point. We don't just lower inventory at all costs […]
Every March in the United States is Women's History Month. We honor and commemorate women who were pioneering, resilient and influential. As the world addresses a pandemic, there’s no doubt this is very different from prior years.
In that spirit, we're taking time to showcase a few of many women in our field who prevailed in the face of adversity and made a major impact.
Dear Readers, Covid-19 has disrupted the world. We have been thrust into a situation where we are required to rapidly adapt and innovate, and the stakes have never been higher. Lean principles of continuous improvement and respect for people are more relevant than ever, and we all have a duty to help each other during these times. […]
The first 14 episodes of “Lean Whiskey” have been traditional audio podcasts. Jamie Flinchbaugh and I record them through Zoom and we usually use the video call option even though we have just published audio. For our next episode, we're going to experiment with our first video podcast. We're also adding another new variable — […]
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