Norm Bodek on the new Shingo Book


The following is a message from Norman Bodek, printed with his permission.


Dear Lean Blog readers,

Dr. Shingo was the co-discover of TPS/LEAN.


November 9, 2007 Vancouver, Washington

Announcing a new hardcover Shigeo Shingo book, Kaizen and The Art of Creative Thinking – The Scientific Thinking Mechanism. Once again Dr. Shingo will amaze you. Along with Taiichi Ohno, Dr. Shingo co-developed TPS (LEAN) with his deep understanding of how to improve the overall process of production. Dr. Shingo reveals how he taught Toyota and other Japanese companies the art of identifying and solving problems.

Many companies in the West are trying to emulate Lean but few can do it. Why not? Possibly, because we in the West do not recognize, develop and support the creative potential of every worker in solving problems. Toyota makes all employees problem solvers. Shingo gives you the tools to do it.

It is an easy to read brilliant book!

Dr. Shingo presents six unique models, the sum of which he calls the Scientific Thinking Mechanism. These frameworks allow groups to deconstruct problems and rebuild them into powerful improvement ideas. This concept is central to TPS and provides the necessary foundation for any Lean Initiative to be built upon.

“Dr. Shingo was a master of Kaizen, he had the scientific training and innovative genius to deeply understand processes and the humility to realize that he needed the operators to take ownership. We are fortunate to have this new opportunity to gaze deeply into the thinking of one of the true geniuses behind TPS. —Dr. Shigeo Shingo.” – From the foreword by Jeffrey K. Liker, Ph. D., New York Times best-selling author of The Toyota Way

“This book contains a myriad of case studies taken from office examples as well as shop floors. It is a gold mine of improvement ideas that cumulatively must have saved millions, and could still do so today!” Don Dewar, President & Founder, Quality Digest Magazine

“Kaizen and the Art of Creative Thinking is a revealing book and is the genesis manuscript to the Lean Manufacturing mindset. It captures the fundamental thought process to structure problem solving activities and is the foundation to all essential aspects of the Kaizen philosophy. Truly a wealth of knowledge, wisdom and frameworks to embolden you to change existing practices!” – Michel Mestre, Ph.D. Professor, School of Business Northwest University

“For those of us who have revered the work of Dr. Shingo, this is an exciting work. More so than any other of his books – Bill Kluck President, Northwest Lean Network

“Practicing Kaizen (the habit of making small improvements) eludes many people. Dr. Shingo's Scientific Thinking Mechanism replaces the hope of the flash of creativity with a reliable and learnable habit-building approach. Thanks for making this Rosetta Stone for kaizen available to the world.” – Hal Macomber Principal Lean Project Consulting, Inc.

“This book teaches managers to be problem solvers instead of problem chasers.” – Collin McLoughlin, co-publisher

Norman Bodek in 1979 started Productivity Inc.- Press and published hundreds of books on Toyota and Japanese management.

The book retails for $59.40 and is available at

Best wishes,

Norman Bodek
PCS Inc.


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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 recently finished the Shingo book. Fantastic. Now the real question is how do I get the staff at my company to read this book? It, like “How to avoid Lean Implementation Failures” is exceptional…if I could get the right people to read it with an open mind and ask themselves a tough question, “Do I represent any of the pages in this book?”

    Shingo’s book is well worth the purchase. So was Hytrol’s comic book by the way. That drew some weird looks from people when they saw me reading it…although not as many as when I said it was work-related research material.


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