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Proof in the Pudding : Lean Can be a Great Risk Worth Taking

Proof in the Pudding : Lean Can be a Great Risk Worth Taking

Proving that there is an absolutely great payoff for bringing leaner thinking on-board his reader’s company, “Lean Blog” writer, Mark Graban, discussed lean (more specifically, continuous improvement), the PDCA process, and the need for going to the gemba in his blog post, titled “Lean Effort Pays Big” in a Colorado Springs Hospital.  Via info from

Selling Old-Timers on Lean in Not-So-Lean Times

Selling Old-Timers on Lean in Not-So-Lean Times

The other day, I was consulting with a customer who was designated as his company’s “go-to guy” for implementing lean in their shop.  He wasn’t entirely convinced with the move, questioning, since his company has been doing well for the past 3 decades, why would they need to fix something that isn’t broken?  I asked

Six Sigma: Can It be Simple?

Six Sigma: Can It be Simple?

With so many business models in the market today it’s often difficult to understand what would be best to incorporate into your operations before it becomes obsolete. Six Sigma, is one to learn and then, to keep around. For over 10 years, the Six Sigma business philosophy has changed the way many Fortune 500’s and

Lean Misconceptions

Lean Misconceptions

Misconceptions in lean manufacturing are easy to make, but they are dangerous!  And anyone can misinterpret and misrepresent things.  Mark Graban provides a striking example of a misconception in his blog post Should Have a Question Mark: Inc’s “The Leanest Startup?” : “Inc. Magazine didn’t have the question mark in the headline, but I think

What is needed for Hiring for a Lean Culture?

What is needed for Hiring for a Lean Culture?

Here’s a question from a healthcare leader that I thought I’d share for input from you, the blog readers. This person is looking to change their hiring and people “sourcing” practices, after visiting ThedaCare and learning about their “Human Development Value Stream” work. Based on your experience, what do you think are the most important

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