Thoughts on Reopening Workplaces Safely

Republished from Mark Graban’s Lean Blog By Mark Graban leanblog.org I was asked by a writer for Forbes.com to share some thoughts on re-opening workplaces safely (or as safely as reasonably possible). Here is that piece: Key Steps To Assess When (And If) To Bring Employees Back To The Office I tried to draw on…

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Moving from Just in Time to Just in Case

The Covid-19 crisis calls for re-balancing priorities. Lauren Pittelli MAY 27, 2020 In pursuit of ever-greater efficiency, many businesses de-emphasized supply chain flexibility and resilience. Today’s situation calls for rebalancing priorities. Consider for a moment the farms growing food for commercial users here or in China. Pre Covid-19, these farms were highly efficient and offered…

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Machine learning helps Invisalign patients find their perfect smile

By Clint BoultonSenior Writer, CIO | MAY 25, 2020 3:00 AM PDT The mobile computing trend requires enterprises to meet consumers’ expectations for accessing information and completing tasks from a smartphone. But there’s a converse to that arrangement: Mobile has also become the go-to digital platform companies use to market their goods and services. Align Technology, which offers…

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Operational Excellence Mixtape: May 22, 2020

By Ryan McCormack On May 22, 2020 Last updated May 22, 2020 Thanks as always to Ryan McCormick for this… Healthcare – Creating Value for Patients Customer Experience practices are being more widely adopted in healthcare.  Patient satisfaction surveys are no longer enough to put the patient experience at the centre of care. I was excited in 2018 when Atul Gawande…

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Yes, You Can Implement Lean in the Office

Stop focusing on the terminology and work on creating a smooth, predictable flow of information. Rick Bohan MAY 21, 2020 Is it difficult to translate lean concepts and methods from the shop floor to the office?  Based on what I hear from those who have suffered through some especially ineffective versions of Office Lean, I’d…

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Social Distancing Enablement for your Plant

By Andreas Eschbach May 21, 2020 This post Social Distancing Enablement for your Plant appeared first on Operational Excellence Society. With the COVID-19 pandemic, we have entered a very strange time, a transformative time.  Regardless of the immediate effects that are largely transitory (such as the rationing of certain products, the closing of restaurants and shops,…

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Standard Work for Being as Safe as Possible When Staying at a Hotel

Republished from Mark Graban’s Lean Blog By Mark Graban leanblog.org Here is the second post in a series about how to be safe when traveling (if you have to now or when things start opening up a bit). The series includes: Getting Gas Staying in a Hotel (this post) Flying on an airplane (coming soon)…

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Standard Work for Being as Safe as Possible When Refueling Your Vehicle

Republished from Mark Graban’s Lean Blog By Mark Graban leanblog.org It’s possible that I could start traveling again for my healthcare consulting work next month… or maybe in July. My colleagues at Value Capture aren’t sure yet how this will work out, but clients are sharing their current plans for starting to re-open — to…

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The Patois of the Toyota Production System

Phil Ledbetter MAY 11, 2020 A guided walk through 8-Step Problem Solving Toyota has a unique cultural language. It’s called 8-Step Problem Solving. It’s the “patois” of the Toyota Production System (TPS). The patois is the dialect of the common people of a region, differing in various respects from the standard language of the rest…

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Operational Excellence Mixtape: May 8, 2020

Thanks as always to Ryan McCormick for this… Healthcare – Creating Value for Patients Lean is being blamed for exacerbating pandemic responses due to a lack of capacity in Canadian healthcare systems in this opinion piece by Larry Haiven in the Halifax Examiner.  Lean should help improve flow, however, the usual focus on # of events and costs…

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