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(CRC Press: Boca Raton, FL) -- Released in November 2017, is the book, True Kaizen: Management's Role in Improving Work Climate and Culture, by Collin McLoughlin and Toshihiko Miura (Productivity Press, 2017).

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(CRC Press: Boca Raton, FL) -- In a cool and readable style, Andy & Me and the Hospital: Further Adventures on the Lean Journey follows Tom Pappas’s relationship with Andy Saito, a reclusive retired Toyota guru. Tom and Andy are pulled into a major New York City hospital in crisis. Can they translate and apply Toyota’s powerful methods and thinking to save the hospital from disaster?

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(CRC Press: Boca Raton, FL) — The procedure outlined in the book, Process Implementation Through 5S: Laying the Foundation for Lean, by Drew Willis (Productivity Press, 2016), shows how basic lean principles can be used to implement standardized work and visual controls through plan-do-check-adjust (PDCA) for process implementation.

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(CRC Press: Boca Raton, FL) -- The best time to stop projects or programs that will not be successful is before they are ever started. Research has shown that the focused use of realistic business-case analysis on proposed initiatives could enable organizations to reduce the amount of project waste and churn (i.e., rework) by up to 40 percent, potentially avoiding millions of dollars lost on failed projects, programs, and initiatives.

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(CRC Press: Boca Raton, FL) -- Value proposition, an old concept, is taking on new significance in today’s innovation-driven environment. Business focus has shifted from developing many creative ideas to developing only those that will successfully flow through the product cycle and fulfill a customer need.

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(CRC Press) -- Although Lean and Six Sigma appear to be quite different, when used together they have shown to deliver unprecedented improvements to quality and profitability. The Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Handbook: Tools and Methods for Process Acceleration explains how to integrate these seemingly dissimilar approaches to increase production speed while decreasing variations and costs in your organization.

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(CRC Press: Boca Raton, FL) -- Following in the footsteps of its popular predecessor, the second edition of this workbook explains how to apply kanban replenishment systems to improve material flow. Kanban for the Supply Chain: Fundamental Practices for Manufacturing Management, Second Edition, by Stephen Cimorelli (CRC Press, 2013), provides actionable advice for installing fundamental kanban concepts that can immediately help you increase manufacturing productivity and profitability.

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(CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL) -- The consequences of taking on risk can be ruinous to personal finances, professional careers, corporate survivability, and even nation states. Yet many risk managers do not have a clear understanding of the basics. Requiring no statistical or mathematical background, The Fundamental Rules of Risk Management, by Nigel Da Costa Lewis (CRC Press, 2012), gives you the knowledge to successfully handle risk in your organization.