This is a book about practicing, learning, and sharing our experiences with the Lean methodology and the Toyota Production System.
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?
Proceeds from the book will be donated to the non-profit Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation. Disclosure: Mark Graban is on the board of the Batz Foundation.
We have a diverse set of contributors who come from various industries - manufacturing, healthcare, software, startups, etc.
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.