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May 20, 2013 13:00 ET

Nine Productivity Press Books Receive the 2013 Shingo Prize

BOCA RATON, FL--(Marketwired - May 20, 2013) -  CRC Press / Productivity Press is pleased to announce that nine of its recent publications have been honored with the prestigious Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award. This prize is awarded to authors who advance the Lean body of knowledge into new areas and promote a broad understanding of operational excellence.

"Productivity Press is honored to have nine books recognized at the 2013 Shingo Conference. The Shingo Professional Publication Award recognizes and promotes books regarding new knowledge and understanding of Lean and operational excellence. These awards make it clear that Productivity Press continues to publish the most practical books on the cutting edge of process improvement and Lean transformations."
-- Michael Sinocchi, Executive Editor, Productivity Press

Productivity Press' most recent recipients of the highly sought after Shingo Prize are:

A Factory of One: Applying Lean Principles to Banish Waste and Improve Your Personal Performance (December 2011, ISBN: 978-1-4398-5993-3, 177 pp.) by Daniel Markovitz teaches readers how to find the root causes underlying their inefficiencies so they can eliminate them permanently. It will help readers immediately improve personal productivity while developing the skills needed for continuous improvement.

Lean-Led Hospital Design: Creating the Efficient Hospital of the Future (March 2012, ISBN: 978-1-4398-6828-7, 338 pp.) by Nadia Grunden and Charles Hagood explains how hospitals can be built to increase patient safety and reduce wait times while eliminating waste and lowering costs. It supplies a simplified timeline of architectural planning to guide readers through the various stages of the Lean design development philosophy.

Lean Sustainability: Creating Safe, Enduring, and Profitable Operations (June 2011, ISBN: 978-1-4398-5716-8, 222pp.) by Dennis Averill is a how-to manual on the proper integration of safety and environmental sustainability with Lean implementations. It provides a proven recipe for achieving safety and sustainability excellence. It unveils little-known tips for eliminating waste and increasing process efficiency -- while reducing safety incidents and the overall impact on the environment.

Leveraging Lean in Healthcare: Transforming Your Enterprise into a High Quality Patient Care Delivery System (December 2010, ISBN: 978-1-4398-1385-0, 402 pp.) by Charles Protzman, George Mayzell, and Joyce Kerpchar provides healthcare executives, managers, and frontline workers with the means to transform an enterprise into a High-Quality Patient Care Business Delivery System. It explains how to implement Lean in various healthcare processes and provides examples, case studies, and valuable lessons learned.

Taking Improvement from the Assembly Line to Healthcare: The Application of Lean within the Healthcare Industry (November 2011, ISBN: 978-1-4398-6239-1, 180 pp.) by Ronald Bercaw supplies step-by-step guidance on how to implement Lean methods to achieve world-class improvement in the healthcare industry. Highlighting quality, safety, and financial evidence as to why immediate change is possible and essential, it provides a firm foundation in Lean improvement.

The 7 Kata: Toyota Kata, TWI, and Lean Training (June 2012, ISBN: 978-1-4398-8077-7, 191 pp.) by Conrad Soltero and Patrice Boutier bridges the kata/TWI nexus. Laying out a road map for Lean success, it devotes a chapter to each of the 7 Kata. It brings together valuable information on many of the disjointed Lean practices and explains key Lean concepts, including gemba walks, genchi gembutsu, and PDCA.

The Lean 3P Advantage: A Practitioner's Guide to the Production Preparation Process (March 2012, ISBN: 978-1-4398-7911-5, 336 pp.) by Allan Coletta explains how to build collaborative thinking and innovation into the front end of the design process. Describing how to develop successful new products concurrently with new operations, the book illustrates real-world scenarios with numerous examples and case studies to help newcomers succeed the first time around.

The Pittsburgh Way to Efficient Healthcare: Improving Patient Care Using Toyota Based Methods (December 2010, ISBN: 978-1-56327-367-4, 224 pp.) by Naida Grunden provides an ingenious and optimistic look at how principles borrowed from industry can make healthcare safer, more effective, and less costly. The book is a compilation of case studies from units in different hospitals around the Pittsburgh region that successfully applied industrial principles to the benefit of patients and the satisfaction of employees.

The Psychology of Lean Improvements: Why Organizations Must Overcome Resistance and Change the Culture (April 2012, ISBN: 978-1-4398-7879-8, 182 pp.) by Chris Ortiz investigates why businesses cling to the eight deadly wastes and why they still find ways to place continuous improvement on the back burner. The book examines the psychology of dysfunction, provides insight into why so many businesses fall short in creating visions for growth, and identifies tools that can help readers address this resistance to change.

Productivity Press, an imprint of CRC Press, is the premier source of information on organizational improvement. CRC Press is the principal science and technology book division of the Taylor & Francis Group, an Informa company.

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