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Updated Lean Bronze Certification Recommended Reading List
Attention Medical Services personnel!
Given the increase in candidates from the health services sector, the Lean Certification and Oversight Appeals committee has approved Lean Hospitals by Mark Graban as an alternative title to Lean Production Simplified as recommended reading in pursuit of the Lean Bronze Certification exam.
Drawing on his years of working with hospitals, Mark Graban explains why and how Lean can be used to improve safety, quality, and efficiency in a healthcare setting. After highlighting the benefits of Lean methods for patients, employees, physicians, and the hospital itself, he explains how Lean manufacturing staples such as Value Stream Mapping and process observation can help hospital personnel identify and eliminate waste in their own processes, effectively preventing delays for patients, reducing wasted motion for caregivers, and improving the quality of care. Read more
Lean Hospitals: Improving Quality, Patient Safety, and Employee Satisfaction
Mark Graban, CRC Press, 2009
Mark Graban’s Lean Hospitals book will be coming out in 2nd edition in late 2011!
Review a third party study on Lean & Six Sigma talent demand
Executive search firm The Avery Point Group finds Lean talent demand now clearly outpacing Six Sigma by a substantial margin as the new prevailing force in corporate continuous improvement. Click here to read why they expect future annual studies to show increases in Lean requirements in job postings.
Listen and Learn about Lean Certification
Listen and learn about the Lean Certification history and program components as presented by Lean Certification Oversight and Appeals Committee member Pat Wardwell. This overview was presented on April 6, 2010 to ASQ Lean Enterprise Division members. Any lean certification candidate starting their journey will benefit from the information included in this recording.
Industry Leaders in Lean and Quality Certification Programs Join Forces
DEARBORN, Mich., March 25, 2010 — In a move that aligns manufacturing professionals toward a single standard for Lean Certification and workforce development, ASQ (American Society for Quality) is joining with the triune of organizations that currently are responsible for the Lean Certification program. More
The University of Phoenix and SME Sign Articulation Agreement
SME and The University of Phoenix have collaborated and established that earning a Lean Bronze, Silver and Gold certification, as well as a CMfgT and CMfgE, qualifies for specific college credits toward your degree program. To learn more about this opportunity, check out the Apollo Quick List.