About the Book
100% of proceeds given to charity! About the book: If we keep practicing, we might get good at it eventually. We all have a starting point in our personal "Lean journeys." Looking back at our first year of work in Lean or continuous improvement methodologies, we probably weren't very good at it. This is a compilation of those lessons and stories.
As of 7/1/2018, $3900 has been raised so far for the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation. The book can now also be purchased through the Amazon Kindle Store. It can also be purchased as a paperback book. Or, select the audiobook package here on LeanPub to receive MP3 recordings along with the eBook formats. You can get the book for free, but we hope you'd choose to pay, as 100% of author proceeds are being donated. If you get the book for free and like it, please consider donating directly the Batz Foundation.
Doctors don't "implement medicine," they practice medicine.
Lawyers don't "implement cases," they practice law.
Shouldn't Lean facilitators, consultants, managers, and the like, also "practice Lean?"
When most of us start with Lean, the practices and principles are new. We might struggle to make change happen. I know I did. Our initial clumsy efforts hopefully turn into proficiency and mastery over time. We shift from "doing Lean" to "being Lean" and teaching others how to be Lean.
This book is a collection of honest and unvarnished first hand stories about learning, failing, and getting better at leading Lean transformation efforts. What mistakes have been made? What are the lessons learned? How do we "Plan, Do, Study, Adjust" our way to more effective Lean transformation models?
We ended up with a diverse set of 16 contributors - manufacturing, healthcare, software, startups, etc. - from across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom... a doctor, engineers, business owners, and other great leaders and change agents (although they'd be too humble to call themselves great).
Author of the books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, blogger at LeanBlog.org
Director of Operational Excellence for Aon National Flood Services, Inc.
Chief Executive Officer of Cornerstone Critical Care Specialty Hospital of Southwest Louisiana
President of FastCap, author of 2-Second Lean and Lean Health
15 years' experience in operations management / leadership in retail, service, and manufacturing
Expert in Lean government after a long career in manufacturing
Lean Manufacturing Group Leader for Tesla Motors
Continuous Improvement Manager for the Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton
David works at Johnson & Johnson Canada, the largest consumer healthcare company in Canada
Administrative Director, Business Transformation, Franciscan Alliance, co-author of Healthcare Kaizen
Physician and Lean improvement leader in Scotland
Principal Consultant with The Consultancy Company based near Oxford, England
Author, The Incredible Transformation of Gregory Todd: a Novel about Leadership and Managing Change
President and Founder of OpX Solutions, LLC and former Lean leader at General Electric
Lean advisor, speaker, and author, who has advised over 300 companies on their Lean journey
Founder, Lesa Nichols Consulting and former Toyota leader
The book also contains relevant posts from Mark Graban's LeanBlog.org.
Podcast About the Book:
Listen to Ron Pereira interview Mark Graban about the book as part of the Gemba Academy Podcast.
About the Editor
Mark Graban is an internationally recognized consultant, author, professional speaker, and blogger. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus. For his full bio, visit www.MarkGraban.com.
Mark's newest book (2023) is The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation.
He is the author of the book Lean Hospitals, which was the first healthcare book selected as a recipient of the Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award. Mark has also co-authored Healthcare Kaizen and was the editor of the anthology Practicing Lean, published through LeanPub. He published Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More in 2018, originally on LeanPub.