- Paperback: 186 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 13, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1481914200
- ISBN-13: 978-1481914208
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #820,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Dwane Lay has spent over a decade as an HR practitioner, following an early career in operations, IT and quality. The background has given him a unique perspective on the processes that make up human resources, and the potential for improvements in efficiency and effectiveness. He is recognized as a leading authority on the application of Lean tools and techniques in Human Resources, as well as having a wealth of experience in applying business technology to improve HR processes. Dwane holds an MBA from Lindenwood University, as well as having earned a Six Sigma Black Belt and is a certified Senior Professional of Human Resources with HCRI. A well known presence on the HR social media landscape, he can be found on a variety of platforms, including Twitter (@DwaneLay), Facebook (facebook.com/dtlay) and LinkedIn (linkedin.com/in/dwanelay). He also writes on human resources, process design and, occasionally, comic books and moves at www.LeanHRBlog.com
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To recap, here is the basic promise from the book description: "In this book, practitioners will be guided through an overview of the basics of Lean, how to use the most common tools, and how to then leverage them to bring an element of process excellence to their HR department."
The book delivers on the basics of Lean, or at least on the tools of the Lean Six Sigma variant (it uses DMAIC instead of PDSA as the basic improvement method), and gives you a good overview on how to recognize problems and root causes and how to select and structure improvement projects to improve. In this sense, it is a worthwhile introductory book on the subject.
However, there is very little connection to HR in particular. There are a couple of HR examples, but nothing close to resembling an overall view of what Lean can offer to HR or how Lean could transform HR. It is up to the reader to connect the dots between the tools presented in the book and the reader's own situation, and in this regard I would have expected a more tangible connection between the book and specific HR practices.