Just because a project is a good thing to do does not mean it should be done now. It is very easy to spend time and resources on these “good” projects if your organizational strategy is not deployed throughout all levels.
At my hospital we have many areas now doing Lean improvements and achieving good results. The challenge our organization is facing is there are other strategic initiatives losing momentum due to competing resources. We are currently learning how to do strategy deployment in an effective way.
The Lean Enterprise Institute is providing an interesting resource that I think will help us featuring Dr. John Toussaint, from the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value. The first part will be a 30 minute video where we see how ThedaCare cascades their strategy through all levels of the hospital.
I really appreciate the idea to do a virtual gemba walk at ThedaCare. I feel one of the biggest barriers to lean success for hospitals is isolation. I think it is great that ThedaCare is “opening its’ door” for us to learn from them.
The second part of L.E.I.’s product is a 60-minute Live Q&A Video Event on February 24 at 11:00 AM EST, where Dr. Toussaint will answer your questions. This too will be recorded for viewing at a later date.
You can find more details about this here.