Bill Artzberger’s new book,Powering the Lean Enterprise: Fundamentals of Lean for Super-Charging Your Company & Your Life, offers a refreshing alternative to the standard linear textbook approach.
“Traditional textbooks are often great substitutes for sleeping pills. Not so with Powering the Lean Enterprise,” writes Dr. John Rushing, Assistant Professor of Business at Barry University in his review of Artzberger’s book. “By combining the art of story-telling with theory based and practice proven content, the end product delivers a practical remedy for the common textbook.”
Artzberger, a managing partner of Lean Learning Center in Birmingham, Michigan, with 25 years of experience working with thousands of individuals from the boardroom to the shop floor in virtually all sectors of industry, is well armed with lean success stories that offer plentiful resources for his book. Paring it down to the basics, each of his simulated cases illustrates application of the 4 Lean Rules & 5 Lean Principles with demonstrations of lean’s tools and techniques at work. For remedial situations, Artzberger presents a number of hands-on examinations of “what went wrong and where,” using the “5 Whys of Lean,” carefully developed hypotheses and other lean processing strategies to meticulously test, record and share results.
In Artzberger’s narrative, a number of well-educated success-driven professionals consult lean coaches and mentors to help them learn and apply lean’s proven strategies and techniques to new or ailing enterprises. The book is full of anecdotal material and in-depth discussions about defining and implementing a lean mindset, culture and environment. When lean learning and thinking are added to the mix, each of the lean coaches demonstrates that any type of organization can acquire the basic ingredients for establishing long-term success with ongoing kaizen or constant improvement.
Artzberger’s simulated cases include a variety of scenarios in manufacturing, medicine and other service industries. Each of these examples illustrates lean’s diversity and flexibility. The same lean management tools and techniques can be applied to workplace, home and community.
Powering the Lean Enterprise: Fundamentals of Lean for Super-Charging Your Company & Your Life, published by Dandelion Books, is available globally in hard copy and eBook on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and all other major online bookstores.