Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A benign infection

We are honored to host Dan Jones, Chairman of the Lean Enterprise Academy in the UK, to be our Judith and Robert Melzer Visiting Professor in Health Care Quality and Patient Safety. He will spend a full day at BIDMC addressing Board members, conducting grand rounds, going to gemba and out-briefing with residents and others. You see him here with the Melzer's.

Dan and his US counterpart, Jim Womack at the Lean Enterprise Institute, are the instigators of a group called the Lean Global Network. This comprises sixteen organizations around the world that are promoting Lean thinking and leadership and helping organizations with their Lean transformations.

Dan had a great description for how Lean becomes a force in those organizations that carefully plan and design its implementation: "A benign infection for which there is no antidote."

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