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Podcast #268 – @TomEhrenfeld, on #Lean Books & #LeanStartup


My guest for Episode #268 is a long-time friend of mine in the Lean community and Lean Enterprise Institute circles, Tom Ehrenfeld (@tomehrenfeld).

Tom is a writer and editor living in Cambridge, MA. A former writer/editor with Inc. Magazine and Harvard Business Review, he is the author of The Startup Garden: How Growing A Business Grows You. He works as a consulting editor for LEI and with many other Lean authors. He's a regular contributor to LEI's “The Lean Post.” Eight of his edited books have won the Shingo Research Award.

Today, we talk about some of the books he's played a role with, we'll talk about the evolution of the understanding of Lean, and his thoughts on shifting from his experience covering startups to thinking about “The Lean Startup” methodology in more recent years.

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Topics for this episode:

  • Introduce yourself and your background for the readers… and how did you first get introduced to Lean?
  • What are some of the books that you've worked on… let's talk about those books and your involvement:
  • The article “Marketing Myopia
  • The books The Gold Mine and Lean Solutions
  • How have you seen Lean thinking evolve over the past decade? Is it a matter of “evolution” or better understanding or better articulation?
    • Thoughts on the Lean Startup approach
  • Do Lean principles apply to writing itself?
  • Why do you love Lean?

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Thanks for listening!

Previous Podcasts with Authors Mentioned in This Episode

Selected podcasts from authors Tom has worked with or mentioned:

Podcast #216 – Dan Jones, Lean Outside of Manufacturing

Podcast #116 – Jim Womack, His New Book “Gemba Walks”

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Podcast #115 – Eric Ries (@ericries), The #LeanStartup

LeanBlog Podcast #56 – John Shook “Managing to Learn”

Podcast #158 – Art Byrne, “The Lean Turnaround”

Podcast #155 – Jim Benson (@ourfounder), “Personal Kanban”

Podcast #214: Michael Ballé, Lead With Respect



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Mark Graban's passion is creating a better, safer, more cost effective healthcare system for patients and better workplaces for all. Mark is a consultant, author, and speaker in the "Lean healthcare" methodology. 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 project is an book 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.

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