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, and podcaster with experience in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. Mark's new book is The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation. He is also the author of Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More, the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, and the anthology Practicing Lean. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.


  1. 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. 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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