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PDF of “Triumph of the Lean Production System” is Finally Available

TRIUMPHWhen I wrote the post  The Term “Lean Production” is 25 Years Old – Some Thoughts on the Original John Krafcik Article back in September, I was frustrated that this groundbreaking article was NOT available for viewing or even purchase through MIT Sloan Management Review.

The Lean Enterprise Institute has now made the article available as a free PDF download on their site.

Read my thoughts on the article here. John Krafcik and Jim Womack have published their reflections on the 25th anniversary as a new essay in Gemba Walks Expanded 2nd Edition, available now. I’m hoping LEI will make that essay available on

In typical humble form, they look back at their own piece with reflection and a bit of self criticism (such as not fully understanding the broader Lean management system at the time). They end the essay with:


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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. Mark is also the VP of Customer Success for the technology company KaiNexus.

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