I read this book over the weekend, here is the review I wrote for Amazon.com:
This is a book that’s needed publishing for quite some time. Most lean books focus on what you *should* do, assuming that your lean effort can absolutely be a success. This book recognizes that lean transformation is very difficult and can get derailed easily. Of the ten reasons that lean failures occur, he specifies two of them as absolute show stoppers and the other eight are things that can slow down your lean effort. The only reason I give this book 4 stars instead of 5 is its relatively short length (which can be a plus, however, if you’re giving this to a busy executive). There were a few very good “War Story” examples in the book, which is what I really expected to read. The book could have been fleshed out with more war stories and case studies, that would have made it 5 stars.
Thinking more about the need for “War Stories”, I wonder if we shouldn’t set up a blog where people could post war stories for each of the 10 reasons listed in that book. What do you think? Reason #1 in the book is lack of top management support. Have any stories to share on that one? If so, click “Comments”.
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