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Mark Graban interviews leaders and innovators in the lean thinking world. Topics include lean production, lean thinking, lean healthcare, lean startup and lean enterprise. Visit the blog at www.leanblog.org. For feedback, email mark@leanblog.org. Previously called "LeanBlog Podcast."

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Mark Graban interviews leaders and innovators in the lean thinking world. Topics include lean production, lean thinking, lean healthcare, lean startup and lean enterprise. Visit the blog at www.leanblog.org. For feedback, email mark@leanblog.org. Previously called "LeanBlog Podcast."

    Crystal Y. Davis on the Business Impact of Covid-19, and More

    Crystal Y. Davis on the Business Impact of Covid-19, and More

    http://www.leanblog.org/363For Episode #363, I'm joined by Crystal Davis as we discuss:What are you seeing in terms of how Covid-19 is disrupting businesses?How do we move from crisis mode, to survival mode, to recovery mode?Why do we need courageous leadership during these challenging times?This is also the first video podcast that I've done in a while. See the show notes page for the video: HTTP://www.leanblog.org/363We share a background as industrial engineers who started our Lean careers at General Motors, and we both moved on to do work with other types of businesses.Crystal has many roles today: The Lean Coach, Inc. - Founder, CEO, Principal Lean Practitioner; DisruptHER Coach; Managing Partner at MPlus Her website is http://theleancoachinc.com/. I hope you enjoy the conversation! 

    • 57 min
    Adam Lawrence on Kaizen Events & The Wheel of Sustainability

    Adam Lawrence on Kaizen Events & The Wheel of Sustainability

    http://www.leanblog.org/362 My guest for Episode #362 is Adam Lawrence, managing partner with Process Improvement Partners LLC. He's an industrial engineer who had a long career working with TQM, Six Sigma, and Lean at Thomasvile Furniture and other Armstrong World Industries companies. Today, we'll talk about setting kaizen events up for success with effective charter documents and team selection. What's the role of leadership? Adam will also talk about the "wheel of sustainability" (scroll down for an image and a PDF that he provided). Adam will also mention a free virtual workshop that he's doing on Monday, April 6th. It was supposed to be done in person at a conference... but given the current circumstances, he's trying to make lemons into lemonade and I appreciate that he's offering up that opportunity for folks. 

    • 43 min
    Ask Docs Anything on Covid-19 / Coronavirus

    Ask Docs Anything on Covid-19 / Coronavirus

    http://www.leanblog.org/361Episode #361 of the podcast is admittedly not about Lean, but it's an important topic that I think needs to be shared in these times. I'm sharing audio that came from a KaiNexus webinar yesterday that we called "Ask Docs Anything" and the topic was, of course, coronavirus and Covid-19. We put out a call for questions and got more than 100 questions for our customers and our community. For the webinar, we focused the questions mainly on personal health and things you can (or must) do to protect your families and others in society. If you'd rather read synopsis answers to the questions, you can do so here. The video of the session is also embedded in that page, or it's also available through YouTube. You can also find more links to resources, articles, and information through this page.

    • 1 hr 35 min
    @LeahBinder of @LeapfrogGroup on Coronavirus Prep & #PatientSafety Progress

    @LeahBinder of @LeapfrogGroup on Coronavirus Prep & #PatientSafety Progress

     http://www.leanblog.org/360Returning for Episode #360 of the podcast is Leah Binder, the president and CEO of Leapfrog Group. We last talked four years ago in Episode #240 about the patient safety crisis and efforts to improve. Today, we'll talk about hospitals' preparation for the Covid-19 / Coronavirus threat. Read her statement on this topic and stay tuned for announcements about free webinars and resources that Leapfrog Group will be providing.We'll also discuss safety (and the lack of reporting and data) in the outpatient (ambulatory) surgery setting -- where 60% of procedures are done today in the U.S. We'll also talk about the progress that's been made in the last four years on the patient safety front, in general. Please check out Leapfrog Group and their Hospital Safety Score website. How does your hospital measure up? How do the hospitals in your community compare? What can hospitals be doing to close their gaps so they get an "A"? How can large businesses who pay for healthcare and have their employees' interest in mind, like manufacturers, help put positive pressure on healthcare to improve? 

    • 55 min
    Alfred Angerer on Lean Healthcare in Switzerland

    Alfred Angerer on Lean Healthcare in Switzerland

     My guest for Episode #359 of the podcast is Prof. Dr. Alfred Angerer, joining me from Switzerland to talk about Lean healthcare. I had a chance to visit a hospital with Alfred, in Switzerland, late last year, as we discussed in this episode of his podcast (which we recorded together in his office). In today's episode, he joins me via the internet and we'll talk about his path into studying, teaching, and consulting on Lean healthcare. We'll chat about what's different (and what's similar) in Swiss healthcare and we'll touch on his books and articles in the conversation. 

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    Steve Spear on Evolving our Knowledge and Learning on #Lean

    Steve Spear on Evolving our Knowledge and Learning on #Lean

     http://www.leanblog.org/358Returning to the podcast for Episode #358 is Steve Spear, a senior lecturer at MIT and author of the book The High-Velocity Edge: How Market Leaders Leverage Operational Excellence to Beat the Competition. He's also the founder and co-creator of a software company and product called See to Solve. He's also the author of two outstanding Harvard Business Review articles: “Decoding the DNA of the Toyota Production System" and "Fixing Healthcare from the Inside, Today," both of which we'll discuss today. One of the themes for this episode is the evolution of knowledge. What does that mean for a company and what does that mean for an esteemed researcher and professor like Steve? Steve has a BS in economics from Princeton University, an MA in management and an MS in mechanical engineering from MIT, and a PhD from Harvard Business School. He was previously a guest in episodes #58, 87, and 262. I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did!

    • 1 hr 6 min

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