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Tweet Broken pdCa Cycles Abound! I’ve been ruminating on this article for a few days now. I am seeing broken pdCA cycles as the root causes for so many problems. I see it here in the Center and in the hospitals and factories where we coach. I thought I’d give my two cents or, rather, two tips, for strengthening your PDCA cycles. PDCA Weaknesses First, be aware of your personal weak areas. Many process problems stem from what I call shunted PDCA cycles. These weak cycles are usually the weakest at the “check” step. The check is either shallow or completely missing.... 

Tweet Healthcare Horror Stories Healthcare Horror Stories Background Death accidentally and unnecessarily happens all too often in the places where our lives are supposed to be saved.  “It is only after a patient dies or suffers a serious injury that the type of mistake and the factors contributing to it are subject to serious scrutiny.”[1] The previous example typifies that the culture of the majority of healthcare organizations in America today.  Simple mistakes are made in organizations that could be resolved by defining roles and responsibilities, by unambiguous labeling of materials,... 

Tweet Evening with Mark Graban On Monday, October 18, 2010 the Kennametal Center for Operational Excellence (KCOE) held its pre-summit dinner which featured special guest, Mark Graban. The private dinner was an opportunity for invitees to meet Mark Graban, who was selected as KCOE’s Keynote Presenter for their 2010 North American Operational Excellence Summit. The dinner (and following conference) was held at the Conference Center at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA. Photos from an Evening with Mark Graban Below you can view photos from pre-Summit dinner with special guest Mark Graban.... 


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