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Does Lean Work in Healthcare?

The term Lean is often followed by the term manufacturing, since that’s where the idea first took root. So it’s natural that many people—maybe most people—outside of manufacturing aren’t aware of Lean methods. If you aren’t familiar with Lean, it is what I like to call an organizational lifestyle change. Just as a commitment to […]

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Four Reasons Why Kanban Boards will Simplify Your Life

First off, let’s get one thing out in the open right up front. I am not an Agile or Lean expert. And I realize the origins and uses of Kanban boards are primarily related to process-oriented industries. However, I have found Kanban boards to be extraordinarily helpful for a non-traditional project manager like me. If […]

Lean thinking in 50 shades of gray

Lean Thinking in Fifty Shades of Gray

Is Lean thinking an all-or-nothing proposition, or are there acceptable shades of gray? There seems to be a pretty hard-core group of Lean advocates out there who divide the application of Lean into two segments: “Good Lean” and “Bad Lean.” In this world view, things are black or white: Lean thinking is either practiced correctly […]

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