Category: Book Reviews

Total 35 Posts

Review of The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

My experience with startups extends to starting Gemba Research, a consulting and training company which we merged last year with Kaizen Institute, Gemba Academy, an online lean training venture, and three other business selling lean-related goods and services. With the exception of Gemba Academy, none of the ventures involved information

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Success Made Humble

The book Success Made Simple by Erik Wesner was mistitled. While it’s true there are many examples of great simplicity in the book, simple is hard. There is no Amish formula for business success per se. They are as much seeker and students as the rest of us. Some of

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Review of Building a Lean Fulfillment Stream

Building a Lean Fulfillment Stream: Rethinking Your Supply Chain and Logistics to Create Maximum Value at Minimum Cost by Robert Martichenko and Kevin von Grabe is the latest publication from the Lean Enterprise Institute. The book guides readers through the application of lean principles in a fulfillment stream. The Fulfillment

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There is No Such Thing as Sustainability

One of the finds during my ongoing spring cleaning at the Gemba office was an article with quotes by outdoor clothing and equipment company Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard, with references to his book Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman. I read this story of both

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Review of A Fine Line by Hartmut Esslinger

On the recommendation of Matthew May, author, speaker and consultant to blue chip companies on innovation, lean and change, I read A Fine Line: How Design Strategies Are Shaping the Future of Business. Written by Hartmut Esslinger, founder of global innovation firm frog design, inc, the book is part professional

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Review of Work the System by Sam Carpenter

The title of Sam Carpenter’s Work the System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less is deceiving. It sounds like another “4 hour work week” promise-of-personal-wealth-and-happiness book of the moment. In fact “work the system” even suggests cheating, something Sam Carpenter is careful to point out is not

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