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Release Day for “The Lean Startup” by @EricRies, Stories of Batching

Congrats to Eric Ries as his book The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses  officially goes on sale today. I will post a formal review once I have read the entire book (disclosure: I received a free copy from the publisher).

Eric was nice enough to let me read parts of his manuscript before publication to give some feedback and to contribute a few healthcare examples of “batching” that he incorporated into the book.

Here are pictures of the pages with the healthcare batching examples (he cited me and my Lean Hospitals book in the notes), starting with “These misconceptions…” in the first photo.

Lower batch sizes certainly reduce cycle time in a process and they can, sometimes unintuitively, reduce total cost for a system.

Eric coincidentally posted an excerpt on flow from the book on his blog yesterday.

Here are some of my earlier post and podcasts about Eric and his work:

Do you plan on reading his book? I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read so far and I’ve been a big fan of the Lean Startup methodology, including the elements we are trying to incorporate into KaiNexus.

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Mark Graban's passion is creating a better, safer, more cost effective healthcare system for patients and better workplaces for all. Mark is a consultant, author, and speaker in the "Lean healthcare" methodology. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent project is an book titled Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus.

3 Comments on "Release Day for “The Lean Startup” by @EricRies, Stories of Batching"

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  1. Mark Graban

    A guest blog post by Eric that covers one of the core issues in the book:

  2. Mark Graban

    A review of the book by Brant Cooper:

    Brant was one of my guests for Podcast #99:

  3. Brian Buck

    I picked up the Kindle version but haven’t had a chance to read it yet. I am interested in learning how the Lean Startup concept may apply to new programs at a hospital. These “new businesses” are really a form of startup.

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