Category Archives: Lean

Key Points About Kaizen from Japanese Hospitals, Going Back in September

IMG_7248I’ve gone to Japan twice now with Kaizen Institute to study Lean with healthcare professionals from around the world. I first went in 2012, as a paid attendee, and I went back in 2014 as a partner and co-facilitator to teach and lead discussions during the trip.

Both trips were fantastic experiences, and I’ve not only seen Japan but I’ve connected with peers from countries including Canada, Belgium, The Netherlands, Saudi Arabia (an Egyptian doctor), Denmark, Poland, Finland, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, and Indonesia. I have many great memories from these trips, along with new friends and colleagues who I continue to keep in touch with.

We’re again organizing a Lean Healthcare Study Trip to Japan, which will take place September 13 to 19 in Nagoya and Tokyo. Learn more via this website and register via Kaizen Institute.

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A Lean Guy Listens to NPR: NICU Waste, Growing a Rural Hospital, Value in Cancer Drugs, and More

NPR SignI did a similar post in 2012, but here’s a post where I share some recent NPR stories that I’ve heard recently (through the NPR One app, which I absolutely love).

This is similar to my “A Lean Guy Reads…” series, my “Cleaning Out the Backlog” series, and the “Stuff I’m Reading” posts.

Not All NICU Babies Should Get the Same Treatments

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The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership: Achieving and Sustaining Excellence through Leadership Development

The missing link to long-term Lean success! Despite the fact that companies worldwide have adopted Lean production, none has sustained the same levels of excellence as Toyota. Why? Leadership. In The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership, Jeffrey Liker and Gary L. Convis, a former executive V.P. and managing officer of Toyota, help executives and senior managers get employees to refocus their efforts–from simply performing their singular function to continuously improving in collaboration across the organization. Case studies from Toyota clearly illustrate the methods that create powerful, effective Lean leadership. Jeffrey Liker, author of the popular Toyota Way books, is the acknowledged expert on Toyota processes. He is professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan. After his executive leadership at Toyota, Gary L. Convis became the CEO of Dana Holding Corporation, a $6.1 billion supplier to the global automotive, commercial vehicle, and off-highway markets, and helped lead it to a successful turnaround from bankruptcy.

The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership: Achieving and Sustaining Excellence through Leadership Development

The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership:  Achieving and Sustaining Excellence through Leadership Development

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Gemba Kaizen: A Commonsense Approach to a Continuous Improvement Strategy 2/E

Gemba Kaizen: A Commonsense, Low-Cost Approach to Management, Second Edition is an in-depth revision of this renowned, bestselling guide. The book is now expanded with 50% new material, including specific case studies tracking success stories from a wide variety of industries and practitioners worldwide. Since its publication by McGraw-Hill in 1997, the book has introduced the concepts of Kaizen to hundreds of thousands of people and their companies as they search for ways to survive and prosper. This trend will only grow amid increasingly intense global competition.

Masaaki Imai is a leading authority in the field—the man who introduced the concepts of Kaizen to the English-speaking world. Fourteen years since the publication of Gemba Kaizen, the world sees the wide application of Gemba Kaizen going far beyond its manufacturing origins, and now carried into hospitals, government offices, hotels, ports, retailers, mining operations, software development, construction, and even universities. The Kaizen Institute, the consulting firm founded by Masaaki Imai, is at the forefront of this movement to adopt and promote Gemba Kaizen around the world. This new edition features global case studies from a wide range of sectors, sharing the keys to successful implementation of Gemba Kaizen.

Gemba Kaizen: A Commonsense, Low-Cost Approach to Management, Second Edition

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Getting Started with Kanban

Getting Started with Kanban

Getting Started with Kanban

Paul Klipp is a professional coach and trainer who has been using the Kanban Method for four years with dozens of software teams. He is a Certified Kanban Coaching Professional as well as a Certified Scrum Professional.

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