Lean Direction for Britain’s 1st Private NHS Hospital?

In a statement of intent which is likely to worry unions and some staff, Mr Parsa said his vision of hospital care was somewhere between a management consultancy firm like McKinsey and a manufacturer like Toyota. “When I first joined Healthcare, I thought it was...

Error Proof My Lasagne

One of the joys about being on the Lean Journey is that you see Waste absolutely everywhere, you develop an almost physical intolerance of what can be improved, and feel almost compelled to intervene. This struck home to me this week — I’ve been away at...

Table Tennis Ball Game – a Lesson in Improvement

Teaching the Continuous Improvement habit via games: a video from a recent Lean workshop. Based on Boris Glogner’s Scrum Ball Point Game. We played 6 rounds of 1 minute, with (a bit more than) 1 minute’s improvement Hansei in between. By the end, the team...

How Much Value Adding Time do you Spend?

When you’re measuring the overall success of your Lean programme, surely a major indicator that you’re on the right track has to be the proportion of time the team spends on the activities that actually create Value, and how it changes over time. Virginia...

(Some) Agilistas: Still Not Yet Lean Thinkers

Every so often I get myself to a place where I start accepting Agile as a sensible, sound way of doing things, as an effective industry-specific implementation/reinvention of a number of Lean principles, reaching towards one piece flow and pull systems, and coming up...

The Thing I Love About Kanban

…is its simplicity. At its heart, it’s only 5 simple rules: Visualise the work Map the process (ideally end to end) Limit WiP Empower the team to self-manage Keep improving And you get feedback really quickly and in a way that forces you to do something...

Katas in Code and Coaching

Kata (Japanese for form or pattern) are an exercise where the novice repeatedly tries to emulate a master. Kata and other artificial exercises form a large part of the work done by a karate novice. They practice for hour after hour. Once you get some way into your...