Just an update for those who were following the progress of my book on “Lean Hospitals.” It's done! I have submitted the manuscript to the publisher (Productivity Press, a division of Taylor & Francis).
UPDATE (7/9/08): The book is due to be out July 21, 2008. Visit www.leanhospitalsbook.com for more info and ordering information. Lean Blog readers can use a discount code. The code is 906GW and it's good for a 15% off discount thru the Productivity Press website (www.productivitypress.com) until August 31. Direct link to purchase my book is here.
I'll provide updates on the publication status as we go and when it will be available. The working title has been “Lean Hospitals: Improving Quality, Patient Safety, and Employee Satisfaction,” although that is subject to change. Part of me hates the description of any organization as “Lean” since Lean is more of a journey than a destination… but “Hospitals That Are On the Never Ending Continuous Improvement Journey”isn't real catchy. I do make the point in the book that nobody is never “Lean” as an end state, Lean describes the mindset and the methods.
I have a website for the book at www.leanhospitalsbook.com. I hope to build an online community around the book, with a discussion forum and other interactive features (any ideas you have about that would be appreciated). One problem with writing a book is that it is a large “batch” of information that is, by nature, many months out of date by the time the book is available for sale. I'm hoping to provide additional case studies and updates on the hospitals mentioned in the book.
The book is not intended as a detailed “how to” implementation guide. It is meant to be an overview that covers topics such as:
- Why do hospitals need Lean?
- What is Lean?
- Case examples that show how hospitals are successfully using Lean
- How to get started with Lean
There is as much focus on leadership, culture change, and the Lean mindset, so that Lean is not just presented as a toolkit.
Many thanks to those who asked about the book, provided encouragement, or reviewed some of the content.
As I wrote in the preface, it really has been an honor and a privilege to have the chance to write this type of book. Let's hope it has a positive impact.
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