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Mark Graban reads and expands upon selected posts from LeanBlog.org. Topics include Lean principles and leadership in healthcare, manufacturing, business, and the world around us.

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Mark Graban reads and expands upon selected posts from LeanBlog.org. Topics include Lean principles and leadership in healthcare, manufacturing, business, and the world around us.

Learn more at http://www.leanblog.org/audio Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/lean-blog-audio/support

    Standard Work for Being as Safe as Possible When Refueling Your Vehicle

    Standard Work for Being as Safe as Possible When Refueling Your Vehicle

    http://www.leanblog.org/audio305

    It's possible that I could start traveling again for my healthcare consulting work next month... or maybe in July. My colleagues at Value Capture aren't sure yet how this will work out, but clients are sharing their current plans for starting to re-open -- to a new normal, not the old normal.

    As I mentioned (if not buried) in a post last week, my wife and I relocated from Orlando to Los Angeles last week because she is starting a new job (we will still have our permanent home in Texas).

    Anyway, as the consultants start to think about traveling again, I have compiled some thoughts from my own research and experience since I'm the only one who has flown or stayed in hotels over the past two months, due to the relocation.


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    Remembering a Great Leader, Paul O'Neill (1935-2020)

    Remembering a Great Leader, Paul O'Neill (1935-2020)

    http://www.leanblog.org/audio304

    It was a sad weekend, hearing about the passing of Paul H O'Neill, Sr. on Saturday. He was 84.

    I had the good fortune to meet and spend time with Mr. O'Neill on a few occasions and I'll share some reflections in this post. My condolences go out to his family and friends, and especially to my Value Capture colleagues who worked with him at Alcoa or at the firm over the past 15 years.

    Here are his obituaries from the WSJ, the New York Times, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. You can also read more about his life on a memorial page that his family set up and people are sharing memories there.


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    What my Book "Lean Hospitals"​ Says About Inventory Planning

    What my Book "Lean Hospitals"​ Says About Inventory Planning

    http://leanblog.org/audio303

    This is from the 3rd edition of my book Lean Hospitals. I've copied and pasted from the book with no additional edits, although I'll bold italic some parts for emphasis. I'll some closing thoughts at the end.

    For a more complete PDF excerpt, click here (requires Dropbox access).


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    Thoughts From Lean Thinkers on Coping with the Coronavirus Crisis

    Thoughts From Lean Thinkers on Coping with the Coronavirus Crisis

    http://www.leanblog.org/audio302 

    Thanks to Elisabeth and the team at GoLeanSixSigma.com for inviting me to contribute some thoughts in this piece:

    How Lean Six Sigma Can Help Fight the Coronavirus Pandemic

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    See? Lean is About Flexibility, Not Low Inventory

    See? Lean is About Flexibility, Not Low Inventory

    http://leanblog.org/audio301

    It's great to see examples of manufacturing companies being flexible and adaptive in these challenging times. Lean methods are often providing a huge boost in what can be life-saving efforts.

    Lean often gets mislabeled as a “low inventory” system (or “zero inventories”) but that misses the point. We don't just lower inventory at all costs (anybody can make that mistake without Lean) — we have to create systems and supply chains that might possibly allow for low inventory.

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    But back to the one manufacturing company that inspired this post. It was great to see this article (hat tip to Brad Miller):

    How to pivot an entire company in a week–and remain profitable
    See more in the blog post (link at top)


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    • 8 min
    One Doctor's Troubling Experiences in the Emergency Department [Covid-19]

    One Doctor's Troubling Experiences in the Emergency Department [Covid-19]

    http://www.leanblog.org/audio300

    I had a phone conversation yesterday with an emergency medicine physician after her shift at an unnamed hospital in an undisclosed state.

    She had a number of frustrations to share and she doesn't really have an outlet (and doesn't want her name out there for fear of retaliation). More importantly, this isn't about one institution. She works in a well respected system. So this lack of preparedness and leadership could be widespread. When I posted my concerns about hospital preparedness for Covid-19, I guess they weren't unfounded.

    I'm sharing these concerns in a public way because I think it's important to try to inspire other healthcare professionals and improvement specialists who CAN be on site to drive improvements.

    I also hope it serves as a reminder to the public to NOT GO to the hospital unless it's a life-or-death emergency right now.  "When should I go to the hospital?" and more questions were be covered in a webinar that was done on Wednesday. Listen, watch, or read a synopsis here.


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