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GBMP Releases New Book – 'The e2 Continuous Improvement System' - Manage and sustain your lean transformation through the
GBMP Releases New Book – 'The e2 Continuous Improvement System'


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GBMP, Inc. announces the release of The e2 Continuous Improvement System: Managing and Sustaining Your Lean Transformation through the e2 “Everybody, Everyday” Approach. The book details GBMP’s “Lean-by-Doing” process that takes the theories of Continuous Improvement to enable readers to unlock their intellect and creativity to immediately put Lean into practice right in their own workplace.

According to co-author Bruce Hamilton “e2 is a holistic approach to understanding and implementing lean thinking in every department and every level of an organization – from the executive suite to the shop floor. Regrettably forty years after the introduction of Toyota’s powerful production system (the foundation of what we today call Lean and/or Continuous Improvement) most businesses misunderstand it, applying it piecemeal. To most companies, Lean is thought to be a cost cutting tool.”

Co-author Pat Wardwell adds “e2 will inspire and motivate people to find thousands of opportunities to improve processes, reduce waste and increase value. Any employee who can see waste wants to do something about it; e2 is meant to help managers and workers understand how lean philosophies, management activities and countermeasures can be effectively interwoven to unlock the vast wealth of knowledge and creativity that exists in every organization”.

The key component of e2 is the emphasis on tacit learning to make the lean techniques relevant and exciting in the context of the reader’s organization regardless of the nature of the business. The book provides the “know-why” as well as the “know-how”, inspiration as well as information, in an organized, easy to use and fun way.

Written by Shingo Prize recipients Bruce Hamilton and Pat Wardwell, the system was designed to provide the umbrella under which lean philosophy, tools and systems live. e2 is a proven process for energizing and engaging employees in lean learning and practices. Bruce Hamilton is also the creator and star of “Toast Kaizen”, the internationally renowned introduction-to-lean training DVD and 2006 Shingo Research Prize winner. The 226-page book is available from GBMP for $49.95.

In related news, The Shingo Prize announced this week that the GBMP Lean Training DVD "Toast Value Stream Mapping" will be honored with The Shingo Prize Research and Professional Publication Award at its annual conference in March. The Shingo Prize is recognized as the premier award for recognizing and promoting research, writing and tools regarding knowledge and understanding of lean and operational excellence.

"Toast Value Stream Mapping" is the sequel to GBMP's first Lean Training DVD, "Toast Kaizen", a 2006 Shingo Research Prize recipient. The new DVD takes viewers on an odyssey to mimic the typical conditions employees encounter when they attempt to value stream. Whether a process is factory, administrative or service-related, "Toast VSM" offers a realistic "day-in-the-life" experience for lean implementers who wish to benefit from Value Stream Mapping in their business.

Watching the process of making toast in "Toast Kaizen", it seemed so easy to separate the waste from the work to make the job easier, faster and more cost-effective.

"What if the toast-making process were laid out like our businesses?" asks GBMP President Bruce Hamilton. "Then the toaster would be in the attic and the refrigerator in the basement! That was the premise for Toast VSM, to follow a surreal value stream to demonstrate the key points of value stream mapping. Most of our GBMP staff 'starred' in this DVD, and we're all excited to be recognized by the Shingo Prize in the Research and Professional Publication category."

With the rigorous review given to the numerous new lean publications and training DVDs, lean practitioners can use The Shingo Research Prize as a way to filter through the many tools available and identify the most relevant and noteworthy titles.

Bruce Hamilton's blog, "Old Lean Dude", reflects his many years around the Lean scene: first as a practitioner beginning in 1985 (when it was still called TPS) and later (starting in 1999) as a consultant. Bruce has been fortunate to rub elbows with some great early thinkers and innovators, including Shigeo Shingo, the Japanese industrialist for whom the Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence is named - which Business Week called "the Nobel Prize for manufacturing".

Everyday there is something new to learn and to share about process improvement - whether in manufacturing, healthcare, government or the service sector. What would Bruce tell you is the most importing thing he's learned about Lean in 25 years? He likes to think that GBMP's logo sums it up: "everybody, everyday".

Bruce emphasizes that we learn by doing. Toyota calls it "tacit learning". Sometimes the learning is directed by a more experienced person. And sometimes it's an epiphany arising simply from personal immersion in a problem. And the learning is for everybody. So, that's the target market for the new blog: everybody. Subscribe today.

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