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Podcast #142 – @EricRies on Taiichi Ohno’s Influence on #LeanStartup


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Episode #142 brings us a returning guest (#115), Eric Ries, author of the best-selling book The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses. In the book, Eric cites the work of Ohno, including the “5 Whys” problem solving approach. In this podcast, Eric shares his story about finding Ohno's work (including the Lean classic Toyota Production System: Beyond Large-Scale Production) and how it has influenced his work with startups.

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent book is an anthology titled Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus.

  1. John Hunter says

    Thanks to both of you, great stuff. I think it is extremely valuable to go to the books by Ohno, Womack, etc. When Eric says “it changes your sense of what… naturally makes sense” is so true. That is one of the breakthroughs. If you haven’t yet reached that point I think that means you haven’t really groked the ideas.

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