Thanks to everyone who wished this site a happy birthday or blogiversary or whatever it was. The next series of posts, probably nine in all will discuss the benefits of Value Stream Management as a paradigm for reform of this system. The series will roughly follow James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones' book Lean Thinking.
There are a few reasons that Value Stream Management (VSM) is an attractive model. The first is that the concept of "Let the customer pull value" is essentially a business-world equivalent of person-centered thinking. The second is that the paradigm defines efficiency in a way that I find much more engaging than the normal way that we discuss the idea in this field. Those of you who have known me for awhile know how pessimistic I am that our system will ever be fully funded to operate under the current structure. The real hope for a better system falls to redesign and reimagination. A third reason is that VSM promotes honesty and transparency regarding the possibility of doing things better.
A Disclosure: I am currently working with partners to develop an instrument for applying the concepts of Value Stream Management to our system. While I certainly honor objectivity, I should admit that I both have already made up my mind as to VSM's value and hope to profit from its application.