Hockey yes, but ballet now!

Mike Rother wrote a book about Toyota and Lean in 2009. Toyota Kata describes the choreographed patterns of movements that comprise Toyota’s rigorous approaches to their work. Kata (or “form”) are used in many traditional Japanese arts such as theater (kabuki is an example) and schools of tea ceremony (chado), but are most commonly known for their presence in the martial arts.

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IFD and the use of a “Lean Boot Camp”

The Chief Executive Officer at Children’s Hospital Michigan (CHM) engaged JWA’s help and support on two design projects at his organization. The first project is an ambulatory specialty building that helps to meet the needs of a growing market in and around Troy, Michigan. The second is a design of a critical care tower, which enhances the infrastructure of the hospital’s main campus in Detroit, Michigan. To support this pediatric hospital, JWA employed a strategy called Integrated Facility Design, which is a Lean hospital design process utilized at multiple JWA client sites.

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Pacesetting Consultancies JWA and Simpler Join Forces

simpler_feature_v6JWA is proud to announce its new relationship with Truven Health Analytics and Simpler. Truven Health Analytics recently acquired JWA. We will now be a part of Simpler, a Truven Health Analytics company, and together provide global leadership in Lean transformation.

Our clients will continue to experience the same high level of service and proven approach to achieving lasting transformation results.  Our 15+ years of experience and industry-leading strength in Lean applications will round out Simpler’s capabilities.  Likewise, JWA’s team will greatly benefit from the increased network of knowledge of our Simpler colleagues, clinicians, and subject matter experts. To read more

Case Study: Lean Learning Study Trip

For a pdf: Case Study – Stanford Lean Study Trip

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Case Study: Children’s Hospital Integrated Facility Design Lean Learning Study Trip

by: Allen Hullinger


JWA led a Midwestern Children’s Hospital on a one-day lean study trip to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital (part of Stanford Children’s Health) in Palo Alto, CA. Stanford Children’s Health (SCH) perioperative services have implemented many elements of advanced lean including level loading, a takt-based environment, and daily management. The study trip participants learned valuable lessons to apply to the design of their new buildings in their regional area and its main campus. Read more

Welcome to the JWA Blog!

New and exciting things are happening on! We have a brand new webpage. Feel free to click around and explore.

Also, our Executive Director will be publishing a book Advanced Lean in Healthcare with Dr. Craig Albanese from Stanford Children’s Hospital!

Check back here for more details of what’s happening at JWA!

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