I’m Writing A Book!


Last week, in calling for “guest bloggers,” I hinted at a “special project” that will be keeping me busy over the next few months.

The tentative title is:

“Lean Hospitals: Improving Quality, Patient Safety and Employee Satisfaction”

It will be published by the well-known Productivity Press.

Wish me luck!

I won't disappear from the blog completely, but I'm going to try to force myself to spend a little less time on it.

The good news is that we'll have a lot of good guest bloggers and I hope that will lead to even better things for the Lean Blog in the long run.

As always, thanks for reading and supporting the Blog.

Update: It will be a while before the book will be done and before it will be published… no real ETA to share, but I'll continue to post here about my progress. It's my plan to have a public commitment here to get this thing done.

I also have a modest webpage for the book at www.leanhospitalsbook.com.

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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. Mark, that’s great. You have a wealth of knowledge and are already an accomplished writer as demonstrated on the blog.

  2. Hi Mark,

    that’s a really great idea. Also thinking about writing a book (not on Lean at first place), but that’s a lot of work and you have to stay focused.

    Wish you luck


  3. I wish you success in your writing venture. Maybe you can post on the status of Lean in the publishing world.

    Do they practice what they print?

  4. ::cheer!::

    That’s excellent news! I love forward to updates.

    And you do know, publishing sections/ideas here for commenting/editing is an option. Several authors I know use ratemywriting style forums/blogs to get feedback as the book progresses. Since you have a target audience at your disposal, use us! ::chuckle::

  5. Thanks for all of the comments. I’ll report on my progress as we go. I’ll have to check with the publisher what sorts of excerpts I can post in advance to help promote the book and share Lean Hospitals with the blog.

    To Kevin, we’ll see. Books tend to be long lead-time and batch oriented, but publishers bring a lot of marketing and support expertise to the table. I’m very happy to be working with the folks at Productivity Press.

  6. Mark, don’t settle for batching no matter how great their marketing is… you know Ford and GM probably said similar things about batching at one time and look what happened to them. Productivity Press, of all publishers, should at least pretend to be lean in the way they produce books. Anyhow, look forward to hearing about this exciting project over coffee this summer. Congrats!

  7. Actually, there are many POD printers in the industry. It is a relatively new process (as compared to 100+ years of tradition). A friend uses them to control his inventory expense, as he is a small business publisher in a highly unpredictable market.

    I forget the added cost per book, but the inventory reduction, carrying costs and cash on-hand outweigh the expense. Not to mention, he doesn’t have product stored in a room (basement) susceptible to climate/humidity damage (critical with paper).


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