Free Whitepapers, Possibly Helpful — You Decide


Through my promotional partner, RevResponse, I am able to offer a number of free white papers. Registering for these white papers brings referral revenue to the Lean Blog, to make that relationship clear. Many of these papers are limited to U.S. and Canada residents, so apologies to the global readers.

I am going to try to read some of these papers myself to see what is worth commenting on. Honestly, I'm normally dubious of white papers that talk about how some software vendor's solution helps “make you Lean.” But, if you want to give any a try, here are some links, below. Feel free to use the blog comments feature to tell us which are good and which are B.S.

5 Ways ERP Can Help You Implement Lean Review the application of lean principles and learn the 5 ways to use ERP solutions to help implement…

Extending Lean Initiatives Across the Organization This White Paper will address the importance of optimizing front-office initiatives, in…

The Impact of Lean on Consumer Product Manufacturers Learn the real dedication to Lean that requires a focus on change, the identification…

The Lean Workforce – Applying Lean Principles to Improve Workforce Management Using Lean, manufacturers have made significant improvements…

Strategies to Run a Lean Supply Chain: How Principles of Lean Manufacturing Transfer Benefits to Operations Explore the process of lean…

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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 downloaded –
    Strategies to Run a Lean Supply Chain: How Principles of Lean Manufacturing Transfer Benefits to Operations
    5 Ways ERP Can Help You Implement Lean

    I found the info in there, or lack there of, very disappointing.

    Both the documents seemed to be targeting people who drank the Kool-Aid, but have no real desire, or understanding on the path they are about to embark on.
    Neither article goes into any helpful detail on what the reader is really to do in order to achieve the benefits they promote.
    It just seemed like a lot of sales BS.

    – Ryan


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