In Episode 21, Mark and Jamie return to our regular casual format of open discussion over a drink, this time joined by Tom Ehrenfeld, well known to the Lean community for his writing and editorial work with the Lean Enterprise Institute. We all enjoyed tasting some Highland Park scotch, with Tom trying it for the […]
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I'm excited that Episode #12 of my new podcast “My Favorite Mistake” is now released! You can listen to it and learn more via my MarkGraban.com website: My Favorite Mistake Episode #12: Angel Cellucci on “Chasing Shiny Objects” as an Entrepreneur My latest guest is Angel Cellucci, a nurse practitioner and an entrepreneur. In the […]
This post looks at how to reduce fluctuations (mura) in manufacturing. It is a continuation of the previous post that looked at why fluctuations are so bad. Be warned, tackling fluctuations is often a tedious task that never ends, but it one of the important fundamentals for lean manufacturing. After all, the more stable a ... Read more
My guest for Episode #389 is Elisabeth Swan. She is the co-author of The Problem-Solver's Toolkit and co-host of the Just-in-Time Cafe Podcast. As her bio says, she's “been helping people successfully build their problem-solving muscles for over 30 years, and she loves what she does every single day.” In the episode, we discuss brainstorming, […]
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Back in August, I handed over my blog to Deondra Wardelle for the week and that became the #RootCauseRacism series. I'm proud of how those blog posts (and webinar) turned out. I bought the domain name rootcauseracism.com and I told Deondra that I would give it to her to help further her efforts. She built […]
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I owe this gem to our friends & colleagues in the great state of Alabama.
Our partners there have a way with words, and a fine appreciation of Lean fundamentals.
Lean is ‘simple’, is it not?
- Define Purpose clearly
- Make problems visible at all levels
- Treat people with respect – team members, customers, suppliers and the community
- Involve everybody In problem solving
Once the problem is visible, the countermeasure is often obvious, no?
To be sure, some problems (e.g. Strategic, Design, Supply Chain, machine, information flow etc.) are complex and have multiple causes.
Countermeasures reveal themselves only after much reflection and experimentation. Lean methods enable this process. (Without them we often jump to a dumb-ass ‘countermeasure’)
An old Henny Youngman joke goes like this:
Henny, flapping his arms like wings. “I went to my doctor and told him it hurts when I do this!” Henny makes a face. “The doctor told me, don’t do that!”
Lean methods help us understand what ‘that’ is, so we can fix it.
Our challenge is that we often learn dumb-ass things in college and in dysfunctional organizations. Things like, let’s hide our problems, let’s brutalize our team members, let’s try to hoodwink our customers, and the like.
The truth will out.
Don’t be a dumb-ass.
PS Andy & Me and the Hospital, describes how not to be a dumb-ass in healthcare.
In case you missed our last few blogs... please feel free to have another look…
Lean – So ‘Easy’, It’s Hard
“Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail”
Building Quality into the Process
Standardized Work for Knowledge Workers
I'm excited that Episode #11 of my new podcast “My Favorite Mistake” is now released! You can listen to it and learn more via my MarkGraban.com website: Episode #11: Donnis Todd and Dan Garrison on Their “Favorite Mistakes” in Making and Selling Texas Bourbon Whiskey My latest episode has two guests from Garrison Brothers Distillery […]
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Thanks as always to Ryan McCormick for this… Healthcare — Creating Value for Patients A nurse who was disciplined for using Facebook to criticize a health care system that cared for her grandfather has won an appeal after a 5-year ordeal. Healthcare workers need to be able to advocate for loved ones and families without […]
I'm excited that Episode #10 of my new podcast “My Favorite Mistake” is now released! You can listen to it and learn more via my MarkGraban.com website: Episode #10: Jane Wenning's “Favorite Mistake” About Sleep and Wellness Today's episode is a little different since our guest is a certified athletic trainer, Jane Wenning. But, sleep […]
It’s fitting on the three month anniversary of the launch of my book Learning to Lead, Leading to Learn that I help celebrate the upcoming release of my friend, colleague, and fellow lean healthcare coach Arnout Orelio’s book Lean Thinking for Emerging Healthcare Leaders. Read below to learn how Arnout is connected to my early […]
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