Shingo Prize Awarded to Kaikaku The Power and Magic of Lean


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This past year has been a good one for new lean manufacturing books. I haven't read this one yet, so I can't give it a personal recommendation, but I've heard many good things. Has anyone read this, have any comments or recommendations?

It looks like it takes 2-3 weeks to ship the book. Here is a link directly to the publisher's website, where I bet you can get it faster. I know it's also available through the Society for Manufacturing Engineers book store.


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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.

  1. Chet Frame says

    I have read Kaikaku and it is a good read. It is a smorgasbord of information about each of the creators of what we now call Lean. It is not the in depth text that will be required to learn enough about a particurlar concept or methodology to implement it in a company. It is interesting and encyclopedic, but it is not a “How to” guide or a map to the hidden treasures in your current processes.

  2. Chuck says

    Actually, there is some valuable “how to” in Kaikaku. The chapter on “The Manager’s Walk” along can help a company improve and save millions of dollars. I know because I’ve done it. More detail is not needed, what is necessary is the commitment to “do it!”

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