I usually do not reblog or comment on other people’s articles, however, the blog by Dr. Patricia Gabow and Ken Snyder in response to “Medical Taylorism” struck a chord with me. I have recently spent a lot of time in hospitals and witnessed disrespect for processes and people, staff as well as patients.
Our Lean philosophy is composed of two parts: people and process, the human system and the technical system. Both are encompassed by the daily process of continuous improvement that is the essence of Lean, described by the Japanese “Kaizen”. In the sense of continuity and human development Kaizen is the “never ending betterment of the self”. In the context of technical improvement, what people do to processes, it translates as “change for the better”. For us, this is the relentless pursuit of perfection, embodied by pursuing zero defects and perfecting flow to achieve minimum lead times.
This is one of those times when it’s great to be a scientist! To see your ‘Eureka moment’ published is a wonderful feeling. This would not have been possible without the Ozgene team and Prof. Peter Mombaerts and his team at the Max Planck Research Unit for Neurogenetics. Thank you. [genesis link]
My last blog was all about ants. It touched on step changes, which allow for an increase in complexity within a system, and the importance of structure. In ant colonies simple rules guide members within an interactive feedback system, without higher level decision making or guidance.
The team at Ozgene has over two decades of experience creating customised knockout and knock-in mice for pivotal medical research globally. Over 400 scientific publications are based on research using Ozgene mice.