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30
Jul

The key to sustaining change is FOCUS

Submitted By: Bob Sproull

I want to talk about the current state of Lean, Six Sigma and Lean Six Sigma initiatives as it relates to sustainment. The Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI) conducts annual surveys on the subject of how well Lean implementations are going. Considering the last three surveys (2004, 2005, and 2006), the results do not paint a […]


8
Aug

A Gift of a Good Book and an Epiphany

Submitted By: Bob Sproull

I want to share a story about a very powerful and influential gift that was given to me… a copy of ‘The Goal’ by Eli Goldratt. As I read ‘The Goal’ I began to visualize how I could apply the many lessons I had read about. I asked myself, “Could I actually utilize Goldratt’s teachings […]


30
Apr

Healthcare Performance Improvement: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (Part 2)

Submitted By: Dan Chauncey

Today Many put the start of the quality revolution with the NBC Television’s show “NBC White Paper.” On June 24, 1980 Lloyd Dobbins introduced W. Edwards Deming to America in an episode entitled: If Japan can… Why can’t we? The show addressed how Deming’s advice on continuous process improvement and recognizing that manufacturing is a […]


4
Jan

Emergency Department “Door to Doc” Time

Submitted By: Bob Sproull

Beginning January 7th I will be leading a team of hospital employees working on a problem in the Emergency Department (ED) of their hospital.  There is a metric that is tracked which measures the length of time from when the patient enters the Emergency Department until the medical screening exam begins by the physician known […]


24
Jul

Veterans Health Administration Steadily Increasing Use of Lean Six Sigma Process Improvement to Support Its Systems Redesign Initiative

Submitted By: Brian MacClaren

Troop drawdowns in Iraq and Afghanistan and impending cuts in number of troops directed by the DoD has created an urgent need for business transformation within the VA hospital system that supports our veterans after they have transitioned back to civilian life.  Among the various improvement strategies for the VHA is the Systems Redesign, which […]


12
Apr

Healthcare Performance Improvement Mistakes, Part 7: We’ve Saved Millions

Submitted By: Brian MacClaren

In previous issues of this series, we have explored the importance of linking healthcare process improvement endeavors with organizational strategy, obtaining leadership buy-in, decision-making based on data and analysis, and the appropriate scoping of projects and events. Even with all those things in place, there is one common mistake that can cause a deployment to […]


22
Mar

Healthcare Performance Improvement Mistakes, Part 8: Performance Improvement Is A Part-Time Job

Submitted By: Brian MacClaren

Implementing a focused and structured program for healthcare performance improvement is a huge step that requires a great deal of thought and numerous decisions. One of the most difficult decisions seems to be whether or not to dedicate full time resources as practitioners. In the resource constrained environment that most healthcare organizations operate in, there […]


19
Mar

Healthcare Performance Improvement Mistakes, Part 6: Searching for the Golden Ticket

Submitted By: Brian MacClaren

I’m not sure exactly how many Wonka Bars that Veruca Salt’s army of workers opened up to find her golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, but she certainly had many more opportunities than Charlie, whose family only had enough extra money to spare for one just one shot at his dream. When it comes […]


5
Mar

Business Leaders Counting on New Best-Selling Book ‘Epiphanized: Integrating Theory of Constraints, Lean and Six Sigma’ to Improve Their Profitability

Submitted By: Brian MacClaren

‘Epiphanized’ by Bob Sproull and Bruce Nelson quickly landed on Amazon’s Best Sellers List as national executives and managers search for professional guidance on how to survive and operate a profitable business in a tumultuous economy.


28
Feb

Lean Six Sigma Healthcare Training Consultancy Introduces Hospitals & Medical Practices to Process, Quality & Performance Improvement Models Borrowed From Other Industries

Submitted By: Brian MacClaren

For nearly 10 years, NOVACES has honed its expertise in performance and quality improvement across a variety of vertical industries that require people, processes and systems to interact with perfectly timed, budgeted and executed precision. Today, NOVACES is an international, award-winning lean six sigma healthcare training consultancy that applies its documented best practices to some […]

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