October 13, 2017

I have been working with several management teams who are beginning their Lean transformation journeys.  At the end of each engagement, we always discuss the power of auditing any new process improvement initiative that they want to sustain.  The reasons you may want to include auditing as a leader’s core competency are as follows: 


1.    Any ne...

October 13, 2017

Henry Ford in the book "Today and Tomorrow" is quoted as saying the following: "Today's standardization is the necessary foundation on which tomorrow's improvement will be based.  If you think of 'standardization' as the best you know today, but which is to be improved tomorrow, you get somewhere.  But if you think of standards as confining, then progress...

October 13, 2017

Value stream mapping is an activity that helps you understand the flow of orders, materials, and time through your productive process.  This Lean tool should only be used when you are ready to make process improvement changes to your current operations by eliminating the 8 wastes.  Resist the temptation to create value stream "wallpaper;"read the "Toyota...

October 13, 2017

Per Henry Ford:


 “Today’s standardization is the necessary foundation on which tomorrow’s improvement will be based.  If you think of ‘standardization’ as the best you know today, but which is to be improved tomorrow, you get somewhere.  But if you think of standards as confining, then progress stops.” Quote by Henry Ford in publication titled "Today and...

October 13, 2017


 

Base line measurements are necessary to track process improvement gains over time.  These measurements are usually made during a current state assessment.  Lets look at each Lean waste and brainstorm at least three measurements that can be established and re-measured to show process improvement and waste removal.  

As a review, t...

August 1, 2013

Last year I was assisting a client in identifying key dashboard monitoring elements for his laboratory operation.  He ask to include a First-Pass Yield metric that he had use at a prior company.  He asked me if I was familiar with it and I told him I was not, but I would research it and develop a model for his company.  First I checked my quality referenc...

July 23, 2013

Let’s start this blog off with a description of what a project is. 

  • A project is a temporary group activity designed to produce a unique product, service or result. 

  • It is temporary in that it has a defined beginning and end in time, and, therefore, a defined scope and resource needs. 

  • And a project is unique in that it is not a routine opera...

July 19, 2013

In this era of Accountable Care, Hospital providers will be facing significant revenue shrinkage from all payers.  As revenue dries up, so does internal funding for new capital initiatives.  Internal competition for scarce capital dollars will be fierce.

As payments become bundled, laboratory management needs to be able to express their “value” from a...

August 22, 2012

A recent blog post featured the concept of TAKT time--the "pace of production" required to meet your customer's expectation.  As you may recall, it is calculated as follows:  Available time in seconds divided by the total number of specimens = TAKT time. 

This blog article builds on the usefulness of TAKT time (the pace of production) in pla...

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