A few weeks ago, I had the honor and privilege to speak to the founders of four manufacturing startup companies as part of the Vogt Awards program. The topic was near and dear to my heart – Lean Manufacturing. Continue reading
One of the interesting things I always notice as we approach big games, like the recent Super Bore, is that business writers and observers tend to skew their musings toward sport, or the business of sport (maybe that’s just a way for them to justify their employer paying for a trip to the game??).
Anyway, not being one to miss the boat, I began to think – what if an organization was run like a sports team? Continue reading
Too often in life, we have a problem. So in order to solve the problem and improve the situation we focus on the output and apply our solution. Take, for example, the Medicaid expansion outlined in the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. ObamaCare). Continue reading
Albert Einstein is credited with defining insanity as “doing the same thing but expecting a different result.” And so it goes with another EHR implementation gone bad…
Process Identification -> Process Improvement -> Performance Improvement -> Performance Excellence -> Operational Excellence
The journey of Continuous Improvement is long, arduous, and best of all, never-ending. One could say that is the whole nature of the word “continuous”. This road does, however, have several checkpoints. With that said, here we’ll provide an overview of the entire journey, but spend more time at the beginning – because that’s where it all starts!
I’ve been spending some time lately working on improving our ability to solve problems, specifically developing a more structured problem solving method, including root cause analysis. Historically we have used problem solving and root cause analysis to, well, solve problems. But one thing we need to realize is that it can also be used to create opportunities. Here’s an example: Continue reading
Saw a headline for an article the other day in a local Medical News journal espousing the benefits of Lean Management. Needless to say, I was excited to see Lean get some press in the local medical community which has been slow to implement the tenants of Lean Thinking. That is, until I started reading the article… Continue reading