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Lean Project Management: Eight Principles For Success Paperback – July 25, 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing; 1St Edition edition (July 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419644068
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419644061
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #686,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lawrence (Larry) Leach is the principal of the Advanced Projects, Inc. (API), applying business tools to help clients improve their project delivery system. Prior to founding API, he was a vice president in several Fortune 500 companies, managing projects up to one billion dollars (US). Leach has a master's degree in business management from the University of Idaho (USA) and a master's in mechanical engineering from the University of Connecticut (USA). Larry is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He has authored papers and books including Critical Chain Project Management, Second Edition, chapters in the Wiley Guide to Project Management and Project Portfolio Management, Lean Project Management: Eight Principles for Success, and most recently released Lean Project Leadership.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By David G. Ullman on October 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
Larry Leach weaves his practical experience with the PMBOK, Lean, TOC and Critical Chain to present useful and useable project management methods. If you are not familiar with these, this book is a good introduction them all. The book is short, readable and cheap. Leach's strength is in synthesizing the best of each of these methods into a whole that progresses through Eight Principles. It has many examples from his experience. I recommend it to anyone interested in bringing projects in on time, cost and scope.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Adail Retamal on October 3, 2006
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Lean is an excelent framework for reducing/eliminating waste ("muda", in Japanese). But where do we start? Of course both TOC and Lean offers focusing techniques, but we can compare them to a telescopic scope (Lean) and a laser sight (TOC). Thus, they complement each other very well.
Larry did a great job at bringing this insight with practical applications on Project Management. I've used TOC and Lean concepts for a while, but Larry's book brings both in synch, in a very useful way.
Practitioners of CMMI, PMBOK and ISO will also benefit very much from those 8 Principles.
If you've read "Critical Chain Project Management" (also from Larry), this book is the next step.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carlos A. Accioly on September 10, 2009
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THE GOOD:
Make no mistake, this is a great book. You can't help but feel Larry's great expertise in project management. He knows what he's talking about: behind unassuming binding lies deep knowledge (maybe even Profound Knowledge, if you're a fan of Deming). Study this book carefully, apply its lessons and you're sure to see great improvement in the execution of your projects.

THE BAD:
Larry makes a mistake that is usual when people who know too much about a subject try to teach it: he crams too much knowledge into too few lines. The book sometimes gets hard to follow.

THE UGLY:
It's in great need of editing. Misspellings, bad grammar and even missing words happen often. And what looks like links at the beginning of each chapter makes one guess that this is an electronic document that was carelessly printed in order to become a paper book.

But what the heck, it's the content that counts, and this book is a winner. Great job, Larry!
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I don't usually write reviews, but in this case I feel I had to in order to save others the same disappointment and frustration I experienced. Please do yourself a favor and avoid this book. The writing is of such poor quality I cannot make sense of any of it. The author uses industry analogies (bridge building, software development, pharmaceuticals) that he obviously knows nothing about (he makes ridiculous and juvenile assumptions). His writing style is confusing and lacks proper set-up before he introduces a new topic (which he does multiple times in the same paragraph). Most of the text lacks substance and is filled with too many quotes and references to other works - many of which are out of proper order or simply not relevant. I could go on...

I do not understand the people who rate this book higher than one star. I can't believe they are reading the same book I am. Makes we wonder who really wrote those reviews.

Amazon does us all a huge disservice when it allows "junk" like this to be sold to unsuspecting customers. This is obviously a self-published piece of work (I really wanted to use a different word than "work"), not professionally edited, by someone that didn't pay enough attention in High School English class. What a waste of time and money.
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