Dan Markovitz brings a thoughtful and supremely practical perspective to the fundamental scarcity faced by us all: time. His approach blends conceptual frameworks and concrete specifics—a powerful and useful combination—to reduce the noise and clutter in our lives and work. Markovitz can help us all to be more effective!
—Jim Collins, author of Good to Great and co-author of Built to Last and Great by Choice
No matter what your role is in your company, or whether you're an independent consultant or even unemployed, you will love Dan Markovitz's new book, A Factory of One. This gem will improve even the most efficient person's work life in powerful ways. The introduction alone got me motivated to adopt those practices that he writes and aren't yet part of my standard work. ... It's short, sweet, and to the point. You're never left wanting more, but you never wish the author would get on with it. ... relates powerful Lean manufacturing tools such as visual management, flow, pull, 5S, and kaizen to daily work, revealing how they improve efficiency, reduce waste, and link the individual worker ever more closely to customer value. This practice helps business professionals develop greater self-awareness, more disciplined problem-solving skills, and a heightened ability to self-correct errors.Read Dan's book--and then apply the tips he gives.
—Karen Martin, Principal, Karen Martin & Associates; and keynote speaker, ASQ Lean and Six Sigma Conference 2012
Daniel Markovitz is president of TimeBack Management (www.timebackmanagement.com), a consulting firm that radically improves individual and team performance by identifying and eliminating root cause impediments to productivity. He is a faculty member at the Lean Enterprise Institute and teaches at the Stanford University Continuing Studies Program. He also leads a problem solving workshop at the Ohio State University’s Fisher School of Business.
Dan lived in Japan for four years and is fluent in Japanese. He’s also an avid distance runner, an enthusiastic (but somewhat tentative) cyclist, and a determined (if slow) swimmer. He holds an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. You can reach him at email@example.com or via Twitter @timeback.
I felt as though this as a rehash of books I have read previously, especially David Allen's "Getting Things Done". Read morePublished 9 days ago by Michael T.
A Factory of One was pretty well written and included practical examples of good and bad organizational tools and processes.
Well done, gets a person really thinking.
It's a good book, quick to read, the action items at the end of each chapter and the walk-thru of the Do Now, Delete, Delegate, Designate and A3 frameworks in the final chapter... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Peter R Lehrman
This was a decent read for using LEAN in personal life.
Would still recommend understanding and truly immersing in the Toyota way, but this book gives decent... Read more
Most of the stuff on lean principles relates to some kind of manufacturing or even a service performed over and over. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kim Davis
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Majority of books about LEAN is about workplace, factory etc, but this book treats about the reader, ONE person. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Izabela Norin
This is a great book on efficiency. I read it on a plane coming back from a business conference where one of the speakers was an efficiency expert. Read morePublished 7 months ago by SB
In a nut shell, this is one of the books I go back to and re-read. The ideas are indispensable for dealing with knowledge work.Published 7 months ago by book crazy