Supermarkets and Lean

Supermarkets turn up in Lean descriptions from time to time. Taiichi Ohno is often said to have come up with the idea for kanbans after seeing an American supermarket. Other authors suggest that Ohno had not been to the US at that time, and had the idea after reading about supermarkets, rather than seeing one.…

Book Review: A Leadership Journey in Health Care: Virginia Mason’s Story

Applying Lean techniques to improvement work is not rocket science. I’ve seen teams who produce significant change after reading a book and applying what they learn. Most improvement events using Lean result in measureable improvement, and teams usually apply the techniques they have learnt to make further improvements. Despite this, the use of Lean in…

Most Read Posts During 2015

Traffic has doubled on the blog in each of the last two years, from a baseline of 2013.  Previously, you could read blog posts in full from the home page. As the number of posts increased, I decided to move to a different layout that made it easier to see previous topics, and which also…