PDF of “Triumph of the Lean Production System” is Finally Available

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When I wrote the post “The Term “Lean Production” is 25 Years Old – Some Thoughts on the Original John Krafcik Article” back in September, I was frustrated that this groundbreaking article was NOT available for viewing or even purchase through MIT Sloan Management Review.

The Lean Enterprise Institute has now made the article available as a free PDF download on their site.

Read my thoughts on the article here. John Krafcik and Jim Womack have published their reflections on the 25th anniversary as a new essay in Gemba Walks Expanded 2nd Edition, available now. I'm hoping LEI will make that essay available on lean.org.

In typical humble form, they look back at their own piece with reflection and a bit of self criticism (such as not fully understanding the broader Lean management system at the time). They end the essay with:

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“So, 25 years on, we know that the “The Triumph of the Lean Production System” wasn't perfect. But we believe that it was a watershed event in the history of the lean movement and that it helped open a floodgate of new ideas for the world's managers. We continue to see its benefits today and we hope you enjoy reading the original article in light of what you have learned on your own lean journey.”

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.

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