The Habits of Lean

Mark Graban has edited a new book, ‘Practicing Lean‘.  Mark’s description says – ‘If we keep practicing, we might get good at it eventually. We all have a starting point in our personal “Lean journeys.” Looking back at our first year of work in Lean or continuous improvement methodologies, we probably weren’t very good at…

Site Visits in 2016

Last year, I reviewed the use of the blog in 2015. I’d had a doubling of views compared to 2014. I was surprised to find the same kind of increase again in 2016. This must say something about the interest in the use of Lean in health and social care. Quite a few people blog…

Washington State Government Lean Materials

Results Washington of the Washington State Government seems to have taken a great interest in Lean techniques. They have sponsored a series of conferences and, as befits a public agency, a lot of the presentations are available on-line, either as pdf files or, in some cases, as YouTube videos of the presentations themselves. The video…

Conducting Observations in Clinical Areas

I’m going to start a series of posts on the type of observations that can be useful in Lean work, and on the forms that are often used to collect and display the information. In advance of that, I want to write about observation etiquette. In an ideal state, everyone in a work area knows…