Conversation Between John Shook & @EricRies on Putting the #Lean in #LeanStartup


The Thanksgiving weekend was a great opportunity to catch up on some reading and viewing that had accumulated in my browser and inbox.

One thing I really enjoyed was a conversation (in advance of next week's Lean Startup conference) between Eric Ries and LEI's John Shook.

If you're not a “Lean Startup” person, I think you'll find this to be a nice summary of some of John's early experiences with Toyota and NUMMI. John and Eric also discuss Lean culture and management principles that would be applicable for folks in healthcare, manufacturing, or any industry.

Click below to view the video:

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Or listen to the audio via SoundCloud (below) or iTunes:

You can check out the whole webcast series, as well.

I'm speaking in a breakout session at the conference next Monday. I'll post a bit of a preview of the talk here on Friday… I hope you'll come to the talk if you're attending, as I'll be talking about “Kaizen” (continuous improvement) and “respect for people” in healthcare, but in a way that will hopefully be relevant and helpful to people in startups.


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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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