Practicing Lean – A Book (and Audiobook) About Our Lean Journeys

Practicing Lean CoverPracticing Lean: Learning How to Learn How to Get Better… Better

An anthology edited by Mark Graban


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If we keep practicing, we might get good at it eventually. We all have a starting point in our personal “Lean journeys.” Looking back at our first year of work in Lean or continuous improvement methodologies, we probably weren't very good at it. What are our reflections and lessons learned? This book is a compilation of those stories.

100% of author royalties are being donated to the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation

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About the Book


Doctors don't “implement medicine,” they practice medicine.

Lawyers don't “implement cases,” they practice law.

Shouldn't Lean facilitators, consultants, managers, and the like, also “practice Lean?”

When most of us start with Lean, the practices and principles are new. We might struggle to make change happen. I know I did. Our initial clumsy efforts hopefully turn into proficiency and mastery over time. We shift from “doing Lean” to “being Lean” and teaching others how to be Lean.

This book is a collection of honest and unvarnished first hand stories about learning, failing, and getting better at leading Lean transformation efforts. What mistakes have been made? What are the lessons learned? How do we “Plan, Do, Study, Adjust” our way to more effective Lean transformation models?

Proceeds from the book will be donated to the non-profit Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation. Disclosure: Mark Graban is on the board of the Batz Foundation.

We ended up with a diverse set of 16 contributors – manufacturing, healthcare, software, startups, etc. – from across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom… a doctor, engineers, business owners, and other great leaders and change agents (although they'd be too humble to call themselves great).

Podcast About the Book

Listen to Ron Pereira interview Mark Graban about the book as part of the Gemba Academy Podcast.

The Contributors

Practicing Lean Contributors

Jamie Flinchbaugh About the Book

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