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Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit

SummitAt the 6th annual Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit, we'll focus on 3 keys to healthcare transformation: redesigning delivery, data transparency, and payment reform.

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The Lean Post NEW!The Lean Post
Value Stream Maps and Battle Plans - Are They Worth Nothing?
“I’m reluctant to say maps are nothing, but there’s a difference between maps and mapping," Judy Worth says, paraphrasing Eisenhower’s insight that battle plans meant nothing, but PLANNING for battle was indispensable. “An awful lot of lot of the benefit that comes out of value-stream maps comes from the process of mapping with other people."
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Lean Education

Train to Sustain

New! Practicing Lean Fundamentals in an Office Environment: A powerful simulation makes the concepts stick, March 31-April 1, at LEI.


Integrating Visual Management Tools and Leader Standard Work: Combine 2 critical tools to drive continuous improvement, April 2, at LEI.


Strategy Deployment & Alignment Through Hoshin: Engage & develop people around organizational objectives, at LEI, April 22-23.

Lean Bookstore

book coverLean Product and Process Development


After reading this book, you'll never think the same about product development. The second edition builds on the groundbreaking first edition by adding 5 in-depth case studies, new examples, new illustrations, and much more.


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Knowledge Center

Giving Power to the People

Autoliv recently won Toyota's Global Contribution award, marking the fourth time the safety systems company won the automaker's, highest supplier award. In this story about its Utah airbag assembly plant, we examine how Autoliv sustains a lean-problem solving culture and how this global company shares best practices.  


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Improvement/Coaching Kata Improvement Kata
& Coaching Kata

Kata at the Photo Studio

This month's Kata video is an example of what happens when a team practices a scientific way of working, rather than just trying to implement solutions. Notice the phases of iteration (experimentation) that this photo team experienced as they improved their process to meet a greatly-increasing demand.

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New and
John Shook
New Year’s Reflection
John Shook Happy New Year! Even if you are not one of those who makes New Year’s resolutions the new year is surely a good time for reflection. Lean thinkers conduct specific reflection after completing each activity. The transition to a new calendar year is an excellent occasion for general reflection, for asking: “how are things going?”
Gemba Coach
What does customer focus really mean?
Michael Ballé Dear Gemba Coach,  We’re discussing improving our customer focus, but we’ve realized we’re not quite sure what the phrase really means. Any pointers?
A3 Dojo
Don't Present Your A3: Share Your A3
A3 Coach Eric Ethington explains why he encourages people to share rather than present their A3s--and explains the reasons why this distinction helps foster productive teamwork and learning.
Learn from the Lean Community
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Most of our 30+ workshops can be taught at your facility by our faculty of lean management professionals, who have years of experience implementing what they teach. Call 617-871-2900 for more information about tailoring on-site workshops to your specific needs.

Webinar Archives
Creating a Lean Management System for Healthcare

Author and lean healthcare practitioner Kim Barnas describes how her team created a lean, stable management system that supported a culture of continuous improvement.