Monthly Archives: June 2008

The Force Behind Star Wars: Turning Design Ideas into Reality

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Star Wars is my favorite movie series of all time.  Stephen at Poetpainter.com created this slideshow which taps into the making of the film and all of the inspiration behind it. It is fascinating, check it out!  The slideshow also uses the film as a way for business advice.

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Tim Ferriss – Profitability & Pareto

Tim Ferriss wrote a great piece called The Margin Manifesto: 11 Tenets for Reaching (or Doubling) Profitability in 3 Months.  His suggestion to use the Pareto 80/20 rule for “Hyperactivity vs Productivity” is right on the money.  His comment about all the time spent firefighting makes me reflect on how lean can help remove the waste and variability that creates the fires.

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A great presenter RIP – George Carlin

Rowan Manahan made a post that I missed hearing on the news.  George Carlin, comedian and hilarious thinker, died from a heart attack.  Rowan’s A great presenter RIP has some great comments and a You Tube clip of Carlin’s famous STUFF bit. 

I saw him perform live twice.  One of the things I loved about his comedy is that he never takes the current way of thinking seriously.   He always challenged the status quo.  His presence will be missed.

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Funny Rickrolling Muppets

Vodpod videos no longer available. I sometimes like to use this blog just to share oddball things I find amusing.  This video cracked me up.  This is a fun introduction to the internet meme Rickrolling.

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Last Week’s Event

The team did an outstanding job last week.  A couple of their targets were to increase on-time starts for lab draws in the cancer clinic and create visual systems to see demand.  They met their targets and really caught the spirit of improvement.

One factor that made the workshop a success was having a patient’s parent involved.  The parent was able to come in and explain their experience and perspective.  Their participation created a lot of value for the team.

This event demonstrated the power of going to gemba.  A team-member commented how it always felt chaotic but could never pinpoint where the chaos was coming from until they observed and broke it up into pieces.

Last but now least, I saw how important data is for an event.  I am a data consultant so this was impactful to me.  Data in other events seemed to stop after establishing the current state of a process.  This team was looking at cycle times and percentage scheduled during time of day all week.  This helped them figure out specifically where to make improvement adjustments.

I had a great time and learned a ton!

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Deming’s Golden Rules

Mark Graban at leanblog recently posted DEMING’S GOLDEN RULES.  There are great principles and it is nice to read more about Deming.  I have read about him in relation to Lean and PDCA but have not delved to much more into him.

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Slow post due to workshop week

This will be a slow week for posts because I am in an improvement workshop.  I will post next week with the results.

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Value Stream Assignment

I am excited to be assigned to a value stream.  I have been learning our standard work as internal consultants at my hospital for the last few months and have just received my value stream assignment. 

I will now be working primarily in our Heart Center as a Lean Data Consultant.  The Heart Center team is full of great people and I am honored to be a part of the improvements that will take place.

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Effective vs Efficient

I think Lean practitioners should replace the word EFFICIENT with EFFECTIVE.

This thought has been ruminating in my mind since reading Timothy Ferriss “The 4-Hour Workweek“.  The book explains how you do not want to spend your time being efficient on tasks that are not effective.  It reminds me that we do not want to be efficient with non-value-added tasks, we want to remove those wastes. 

Lean is sometimes lumped into the category of “efficient changes” but it really goes deeper than that.  Lean is all about optimizing effectiveness.  Procedures will become efficient as a result of the attention to being more effective.  By stating our purpose to increase effectiveness, the efficiencies will follow.  Replacing a simple word has a deep impact.

I recommend Kevin Meyer’s post from Evolving Excellence about how this book can apply to Lean thinking: Productivity: Eliminate Before You Optimize.

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Seyi Oyesola: Rich hospital, poor hospital

This TED video made me reflect on the how much Lean is needed in hospitals around the world.  When we consider the challenges in our US hospitals, think about some of the images you see in the Nigerian hospital.

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