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Judy Worth

Judy Worth

Writer, LEI Faculty Member, Lean Transformations Group
Judy Worth got her first introduction to lean from one of her business partners, who left their company in Lexington, KY, to work at the start up of Toyota’s first North American plant in Georgetown, KY. She got additional exposure to the value-stream mapping tool when she served as instructional designer for LEI’s Mapping to See Kit for lean in office and services. For the past nine years, Judy’s focus has been on implementing lean in healthcare. She has extensive experience facilitating value-stream mapping workshops in healthcare organizations, including hospitals and primary care and has also provided training and coaching services for healthcare in-house lean facilitators. Judy is the co-author of the LEI publication, Perfecting Patient Journeys, a step-by-step guide for moving from value-stream mapping to sustainable continuous improvement. She is also co-author of a white paper on lean competencies, “Building Capability for Success with Lean: The Critical Competencies.” She currently aids companies implementing lean through the Lean Transformations Group.
Articles by Judy Worth
If It’s Good Enough for Cars... How Lean Manufacturing Principles Can Help Heal What Ails Us in the Healthcare Business
Healthcare providers could dramatically reduce harm to patients and control skyrocketing costs by adopting two lean management concepts: 1. Understand what adds value to the customer. 2. Take a product line approach to managing and delivering patient care In a “Change This Manifesto,” Judy Worth and Tom Shuker, two of the co-authors of Perfecting Patient Journeys explain how these concepts would work in healthcare. More »
Follow-up Q & A to the Webinar “Getting to Everyday Improvement: How to Connect the Science and Culture of Problem Solving”
 The Lean Enterprise Institute's webinar on Getting to Everyday Improvement drew thousands of Lean Thinkers from around the world and hundreds of questions that we didn’t have time to answer during the webcast. Those questions are addressed in this followup Q&A with presenters Judy Worth and Beau Keyte, two of the authors of Perfecting Patient Journeys, a handbook for lean healthcare. More »
Books by Judy Worth
Perfecting Patient Journeys Perfecting Patient Journeys
Perfecting Patient Journeys is a guide to value-stream improvement for leaders of healthcare organizations who want to implement lean thinking and engage employees in solving problems in order to deliver better and more efficient care. Readers will learn how to identify and select a problem in the performance of a value stream, define a project scope, and create a shared understanding of what's occurring in the value stream. Readers will also learn to develop a shared vision of an improved future, and hopefully work together to make that vision a reality. More »