Earlier this month, Shingo Prize-winning author and Master of Business Operational Excellence instructor Beau Keyte wrote a fascinating article on the Huffington Post titled “The Silent Killer of Health Care Transformation: Being Overburdened by Too Many Choices.” This addresses a key concept in lean called “muri,” or overburdening. Keyte defines overburden a phenomenon where equipment | Read more…



After spending years as a practicing physician and later working with others to improve processes in health-care delivery, it’s still refreshing to spend some time on the other side of the exam table. I recently lacerated my toe when a blender jar fell from the counter top and, bleeding profusely, went with my partner to | Read more…



For most of us, the sigma level – or defects per million opportunities – for New Year’s resolutions would be abysmal. We have 365 opportunities in a year to implement what we resolve to stick to and in reality, how many do we take advantage of? Whether it is skipping that dessert or going out | Read more…



One of the greatest challenges organizations face is choosing among multiple alternatives for improving a product or service. Our Master of Business Operational Excellence students last week got a crash course in a great decision-making tool. Holly Stein, director of operational excellence at Cardinal Health, introduced our students to the “design of experiments” concept, which | Read more…



A common complaint from those resistant to lean thinking is that it can’t be applied to processes that aren’t visible, particularly office processes where most decisions are made with e-mail and phone calls. The InBox Simulation our Master of Business Operational Excellence students recently ran with the help of Peg Pennington, Gary Butler and yours | Read more…



When our Master of Business Operational Excellence health-care students spent some with Kathryn Correia, chief of Minnesota’s HealthEast Care System, she brought up a great point about the things that slow us down. Most of the interruptions that impede the flow of care, she said, aren’t surprises. If a machine breaks down, we know that | Read more…



Some processes in our daily lives we easily take for granted – grocery shopping, for example. Our Master of Business Operational Excellence students in a recent visit to the Dublin, Ohio, Giant Eagle location saw firsthand that the grocery business is serious business. Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle, a member of the Center for Operational Excellence, has | Read more…



Last week, we hosted our industry and health-care MBOE cohorts on campus, bringing together dozens of professionals in a range of different fields. The principles and leadership skills we teach in each program carry many similarities, but there remain some key differences between health care and the rest of the pack. Shingo prize-winning author Jean | Read more…



Our car was vandalized. We don’t know when it happened but we found it a couple of days ago. It was a shocking sight. The glass on the driver’s side of the window was broken and the shards were all over the seat and below. The center part of the dashboard was ripped apart and | Read more…



Walk into most any company, and the only signage you’ll see is the name of a department and the names of the people who work there. At the Master of Business Operational Excellence program, we teach our students that visuals can be used for much more, indicating the purpose for the existence of a department | Read more…