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Leah's Choice

by Emma Miller

With dreams of marrying an Old Order Amish man, Leah Yoder plans on raising children in the peaceful Delaware community. But when Mennonite missionary Daniel Brown arrives to share his story with their church, Leah is fascinated by him. She spends time with Daniel in a forbidden courtship to learn how she truly feels about him. Before long, Leah has a choice to make. Should she stay with her community...or leave with the man she believes God has placed in her life's path?

Leah's Choice (Pleasant Valley #1)

by Marta Perry

The first of three Amish-set novels in which a woman?s faith must guide her through challenging times. All of Pleasant Valley seems to think the newcomer from Lancaster County is the perfect match for Teacher Leah. After all, so few new families come to their separate Amish community, and fewer still unmarried men. Daniel Glick is a widower with three young children to look after?clearly he?s in need of a wife. Daniel?s past haunts him. Though he cannot miss the beauty in Leah?s bright eyes and patient ways, he also sees a reminder of his pain-filled marriage. Leah, too, has a burden to bear. Years ago, she was engaged to Johnny Kile, and she was heartbroken when he decided to leave the Amish community. Since then she has immersed herself in teaching, forgetting any hopes of having her own family. When Johnny returns, seeking reconciliation, Leah must decide between two pathways, either of which will completely change her life.

Leah's Journey

by Gloria Goldreich

LEAH'S JOURNEY is a sweeping novel of family relationships and cultural heritage--of the journeys men make and of the Jewish experience in twentieth-century America. It is the story of three generations of men and women, of the depths of their poverty and the heights of their prosperity, their warm days in love and their dark days at war, their conflicts and bonds with each other, and their unique personal efforts to grow and change. And it is the glowing story of one young woman: beautiful, passionate, and unsure, Leah Goldfeder makes a poignant journey in search of herself. Leah's saga begins when she and her husband flee the oppressions of the Old World to make a courageous new life in the melting pot of Manhattan's Lower East Side. The harshness of Leah's life there is tempered by personal rewards; and as we experience with her the roiling streets and cruel sweatshops of New York during the grim years of Depression, we come to know the friends and family who struggle at her side: David, her husband, who loves Leah passionately but can't reach out to her; Eli, a charismatic and idealistic union organizer who offers her the romance she can't seek from her husband; Aaron, Leah's son, obsessed with solving the mystery of his mother's detachment from him; Katie, Aaron's wife, who lives in a private hell her husband can't penetrate; Rebecca, Leah's daughter, adored, spoiled, and directionless, until she shoulders the responsibilities thrust on her by war; and Joshua, the amazing embodiment of the rags-to-riches ideal. These characters are fictional brothers and sisters of the self-made, self-educated, and self-assured men and women Irving Howe described in WORLD OF OUR FATHERS; and Gloria Goldreich, through her vivid sense of place and personality, evokes beautifully the sometimes painful, sometimes joyful process of their meshing into American life. As the panoramic background shifts from Manhattan's sweatshops to Israel's kibbutzim, from the Parisian world of high fashion to the gritty North African battlefields of World War II, from the lush suburbs of New York to the terrible wasteland of Nazi Germany, this splendid epic carries and moves the reader to the last. With LEAH'S JOURNEY, her first novel, Gloria Goldreich proves herself a storyteller in the finest tradition.

Leaking Laffs Between Pampers and Depends

by Barbara Johnson

Between the years of childbearing and grandparenting, a woman has a lot to juggle! Barbara Johnson shows how the road from marriage to menopause is filled with more than a few potholes . . . but provides women with more than enough hope and humor to make it through the journey.

Leaking Laffs Between Pampers and Depends

by Barbara Johnson

Grab your giggle box! Here comes Barbara Johnson with another helping heap of joy for women of all ages, aches, and "architecture."Author Barbara Johnson's encouraging book about a woman's adventures in aging, Living Somewhere Between Estrogen and Death, became the number-one best-selling paperback in the Christian market for the year in which it was published. Soon hordes of happy readers were flooding Barbara's mailbox with their own favorite jokes, touching stories, and hilarious tales of female misadventures.Now Barb has packed that amazing collection of wacky wit into this boisterously funny new book that's full of "laff leaks" about every stage of a woman's life-from diapers to dentures. No matter what stage of the "hormonal cesspool" you're splashing through, there's something here to touch your heart. You'll love Barb's quirky empty-nest de-cluttering strategies, her joyful insights on stress-soothing, husband-handling, kid-corralling, and parent-parenting in chapters like these:Having a Baby Is Like Writing a Book-Lots of Whining, Begging, and PushingWho Are These Kids, and Why Are They Calling Me Mom?I Finally Got My Head Together-Then My Body Fell ApartWe Started Out With Nothing-and Still Have Most of It LeftLeaking Laffs Between Pampers and Depends is a heart-warming ride over the waves of humor in God's endless sea of love.

The Lean

by Kathy Freston

If you've ever dieted, you've undoubtedly worked very hard to achieve results--only to experience the disappointment of having the pounds creep back on. But now wellness expert Kathy Freston lets readers in on her secret: losing weight doesn't have to be difficult, and it can last. With this book she shares the powerful concept of The Lean--a radically effective approach to positive change--with a practical 30-day plan to transform your health and jump-start weight loss in the most gentle, easy, and automatic way possible. "Leaning in" is about setting an intention for what you want, weight- and health-wise, and then nudging yourself ever so gently in that direction, even if getting there seems impossible. It's about choosing to eat foods that are delicious, filling, and supportive of your goals. Each day of the scientifically based, vegan-friendly Lean plan, Kathy shows how to make and commit to small diet and lifestyle changes that, over time, yield unexpectedly significant results--something as simple as swapping in nondairy milk for cow's milk, eating an apple a day, or having an afternoon power shake. These changes propel you almost effortlessly into a forward momentum of ever more healthy choices, and work together to bolster your progress. There are only two rules: 1. All you need is the willingness to take just one step. 2. As you add the healthier foods to your diet, eat the new foods first. By gradually adding in these nutrient-dense and fiber-rich foods, you'll crowd out the problem foods, feel fuller for longer, and simply stop feeling cravings. On Kathy's Lean plan, readers can experience sustained, healthy, and permanent weight loss of 1-3 pounds per week-plus increased energy, improved digestion, clearer skin, and renewed purpose. Complete with exercises, recipes, and powerful testimonials, The Lean offers not only a truly leaner frame, but also the little push we all need to get on the path to lasting change.

The Lean

by Kathy Freston

If you've ever dieted, you've undoubtedly worked very hard to achieve results--only to experience the disappointment of having the pounds creep back on. But now wellness expert Kathy Freston lets readers in on her secret: losing weight doesn't have to be difficult, and it can last. With this book she shares the powerful concept of The Lean--a radically effective approach to positive change--with a practical 30-day plan to transform your health and jump-start weight loss in the most gentle, easy, and automatic way possible."Leaning in" is about setting an intention for what you want, weight- and health-wise, and then nudging yourself ever so gently in that direction, even if getting there seems impossible. It's about choosing to eat foods that are delicious, filling, and supportive of your goals.Each day of the scientifically based, vegan-friendly Lean plan, Kathy shows how to make and commit to small diet and lifestyle changes that, over time, yield unexpectedly significant results--something as simple as swapping in nondairy milk for cow's milk, eating an apple a day, or having an afternoon power shake. These changes propel you almost effortlessly into a forward momentum of ever more healthy choices, and work together to bolster your progress. There are only two rules:1. All you need is the willingness to take just one step. 2. As you add the healthier foods to your diet, eat the new foods first.By gradually adding in these nutrient-dense and fiber-rich foods, you'll crowd out the problem foods, feel fuller for longer, and simply stop feeling cravings. On Kathy's Lean plan, readers can experience sustained, healthy, and permanent weight loss of 1-3 pounds per week--plus increased energy, improved digestion, clearer skin, and renewed purpose. Complete with exercises, recipes, and powerful testimonials, The Lean offers not only a truly leaner frame, but also the little push we all need to get on the path to lasting change.

Lean Analytics

by Alistair Croll Benjamin Yoskovitz

Whether you're a startup founder trying to disrupt an industry or an intrapreneur trying to provoke change from within, your biggest challenge is creating a product people actually want. Lean Analytics steers you in the right direction. This book shows you how to validate your initial idea, find the right customers, decide what to build, how to monetize your business, and how to spread the word. Packed with more than thirty case studies and insights from over a hundred business experts, Lean Analytics provides you with hard-won, real-world information no entrepreneur can afford to go without. Understand Lean Startup, analytics fundamentals, and the data-driven mindset Look at six sample business models and how they map to new ventures of all sizes Find the One Metric That Matters to you Learn how to draw a line in the sand, so you'll know it's time to move forward Apply Lean Analytics principles to large enterprises and established products

Lean Auditing

by James C. Paterson

"How can you argue with the core principles of Lean, that you focus on what provides value to your customer and eliminate work that is not necessary (muda)? Internal auditors need to understand not only who their primary customers are, but what is valuable to them - which in most cases is assurance that the risks that matter to the achievement of objectives are properly managed. We need to communicate what they need to know and not what we want to say. This incessant focus on the customer and the efficient production of a valued product should extend to every internal audit team. How else can we ensure that we optimize the use of our limited resources to address the dynamic business and risk environment within which our organizations operate?"Norman Marks, GRC Thought LeaderUsing lean techniques to enhance value add and reduce waste in internal auditingLean Auditing is a practical guide to maximising value and efficiency in internal audit through the application of lean techniques. It is an ideal book for anyone interested in understanding what progressive, value adding audit can be like. It is also ideal for anyone wondering whether audit activities can be streamlined or better co-ordinated with other activities.The book contains practical advise from the author's experience as CAE of AstraZeneca PLC; from his work as a consultant specializing in this field; as well as insights from leading CAEs in the UK, US and elsewhere. In addition, there are important insights from thought leaders such as Richard Chambers (IIA US) and Norman Marks (GRC thought leader) and Chris Baker (Technical Manager of the IIA UK).Increasing pressure on resources is driving a need for greater efficiency in all areas of business, and Internal Audit is no exception. Lean techniques can help streamline the workflow, but having only recently been applied to IA, lack the guidance available for other techniques. Lean Auditing fills this need by combining expert instruction and actionable advice that helps Internal Auditors:Benchmark their efficiency against lean ways of workingUnderstand warning signs of waste and lower added valueUnderstanding practical ways of working that improve added value and reduce wasteGain confidence about progressive ways of working in internal auditUnderstand how improved ways of working in audit can positively impact the culture of the wider organizationOne of the keys to the lean audit is finding out exactly what the stakeholder wants, and eliminating everything else. Scaling back certain operations can delineate audit from advisory, and in the process, dramatically improve crucial outcomes. To this end, Lean Auditing is the key to IA efficiency.

Lean Body, Fat Wallet

by Ellie Kay Danna Demetre

What's good for the wallet is good for the body--an innovative approach to improving both your wealth and your health.What would you do if you finally lost that weight and had energy to burn? How different would your life be if you were completely out of debt and in control of your finances? And what if you could do both at the same time with just a few simple, sustainable lifestyle changes? It can happen for you--without drastic dieting or austerity budgets, and even if you've tried and failed in the past.Ellie Kay and Danna Demetre are life experts in two seemingly different fields--finance and fitness. Working together, they realized the principles and habits that help you balance your budget are the same ones that help you lose weight and keep it off. The result is an innovative "two for one" approach that can literally transform your life. Here's just a sampling of what you'll find in Lean Body, Fat Wallet: Four essential habits for satisfying, sustainable change--and how to make them part of your lifeTen "failure factors" that trip us up--and how to steer clear of themThe single key that makes it all work: "renewing the mind"Proven strategies to overcome emotional eating and spendingAn all-purpose investment principle to keep you moving forward in hopeA wealth of stress busters that don't rely on food or moneyA game plan for raising fit and frugal kidsWhy giving is an essential part of achieving physical and financial health

Lean Branding

by Laura Busche

Every day, thousands of passionate developers come up with new startup ideas but lack the branding know-how to make them thrive. If you count yourself among them, Lean Branding is here to help.This practical toolkit helps you build your own robust, dynamic brands that generate conversion. You'll find over 100 DIY branding tactics and inspiring case studies, and step-by-step instructions for building and measuring 25 essential brand strategy ingredients, from logo design to demo-day pitches, using The Lean Startup methodology's Build-Measure-Learn loop.Learn exactly what a brand is--and what it isn'tBuild a minimal set of brand ingredients that are viable in the marketplace: brand story, brand symbols, and brand strategyMeasure your brand ingredients by using meaningful metrics to see if they meet your conversion goalsPivot your brand ingredients in new directions based on what you've learned--by optimizing rather than trashingFocus specifically on brand story, symbols, or strategy by following the Build-Measure-Learn chapters that apply

Lean but Agile

by Neil Mccormick William J. Rothwell James Graber

As organizations strive to maximize efficiency to meet stringent budgets, a general "do more with less" mandate is no longer sufficient. Managers and executives must evaluate every process and every role, and do away with assumptions about how work gets done and who does it. Lean but Agile presents a system for analyzing work and selecting the ideal combination of cost-effective resources-employees, consultants, contractors, temporary workers, vendors-to accomplish it. The book advocates changes in hiring, goal-setting, learning and development, and performance management, and discusses the introduction, implementation, and management of lean work and agile staffing methods. It also explores the fundamental role technology can play in the transformation. Packed with practical advice, examples, guides, worksheets, diagrams, and metrics, Lean but Agile will help leaders, managers, and human resource professionals optimize their workforces while still achieving superior results.

Lean Customer Development

by Cindy Alvarez

How do you develop products that people will actually use and buy? This practical guide shows you how to validate product and company ideas through customer development research--before you waste months and millions on a product or service that no one needs or wants.With a combination of open-ended interviewing and fast and flexible research techniques, you'll learn how your prospective customers behave, the problems they need to solve, and what frustrates and delights them. These insights may shake your assumptions, but they'll help you reach the "ah-ha!" moments that inspire truly great products.Validate or invalidate your hypothesis by talking to the right peopleLearn how to conduct successful customer interviews play-by-playDetect a customer's behaviors, pain points, and constraintsTurn interview insights into Minimum Viable Products to validate what customers will use and buyAdapt customer development strategies for large companies, conservative industries, and existing products

The Lean Enterprise

by Obie Fernandez Trevor Owens

Discover the methods of lean startups that can revolutionize large organizations and their productsEven in a tough economic climate, the startup business community has found a way to create innovative, game-changing products in shockingly short timeframes. So why should larger, more established companies take notice? Because they have everything to gain when they examine and adopt the strategies, tools, and attitudes of these smaller competitors. The Lean Enterprise presents a groundbreaking design for revolutionizing larger organizations, one that draws on the ingenious tenets and practices espoused by the startup community. The guidelines in this book will help companies shake the lethargy, bureaucracy, and power struggles that plague large organizations and hold them back from true innovation.At the heart of this resource is a comprehensive, practical approach based on methods, timetables, compensation, financial investment, and case studies that reveal the startup mentality. Respected thought leaders in lean startup methodologies, the authors cover successful enterprise development, development innovation labs, corporate venture arms, and acquisition and integration of startups.Essential reading for entrepreneurs, product managers, executives and directors in Forbes 2000 organizations, and board membersPresents the tools and methodologies large businesses need to compete with a new generation of highly-empowered entrepreneursCovers lean startup culture and principles and identifies the behaviors that arestunting growth at large enterprisesOffers a comprehensive, practical approach for developing exciting products and services and opening vast new marketsDon't be mystified by the success of startups. Master the methods of this new generation of entrepreneurs and compete on a level playing field.

The Lean Entrepreneur

by Brant Cooper Patrick Vlaskovits

You are not a Visionary. . . yet. The Lean Entrepreneur shows you how to become one. Most of us believe entrepreneurial visionaries are born, not made. Our media glorify business outliers like Bezos, Branson, Gates, and Jobs as heroes with X-ray vision who can look to the future, see clearly what will be, imagine a fully formed product or experience and then, simply make the vision real. Many in our entrepreneur community still believe that to be visionary, we must merely execute on a seemingly good idea and ignore all doubt. With this mindset, companies build doomed products in a vacuum; enterprises make ill-fated innovation investment decisions; and employees and shareholders come along for an uncomfortable ride. Falling prey to the Myth of the Visionary confuses talented entrepreneurs, product managers, innovators and investors. It leads us to heartbreaking, costly and preventable failures in new product and venture development. The Lean Entrepreneur moves us beyond this myth. It combines powerful customer insight, rapid experimentation and easily actionable data from the Lean Startup methodology to empower individuals, companies, and entire teams to evolve their vision, solve problems, and create value at the speed of the Internet. Anyone can be visionary. The Lean Entrepreneur shows you how to: Apply actionable tips, tricks and hacks from successful lean entrepreneurs. Leverage the Innovation Spectrum to disrupt existing markets and create new ones. Drive strategies for efficient market testing with Minimal Viable Products. Engage customers with Viability Testing and radically reduce time and budget for product development. Rapidly create cross-functional innovation teams that devour roadblocks and set new benchmarks. Bring your organization critical focus on the power of loyal customers and valuable products you can build to serve them. Leverage instructive tools, skill-building exercises, and worksheets along with bonus online videos.

Lean For Dummies

by Bruce Williams Natalie J. Sayer

Have you thought about using Lean in your business or organization, but are not really sure how to implement it? Or perhaps you're already using Lean, but you need to get up to speed. Lean for Dummies will show you how to do more with less and create an enterprise that embraces change.In plain-English writing, this friendly guide explores the general overview of Lean, how flow and the value stream works, and the best ways to apply Lean to your enterprise. You will understand the philosophy of Lean and adopt it not as a routine, but a way of life. This highly informative book teaches you:The foundation and language of LeanHow to map the value stream and using it to your business's advantageThe philosophy of KaizenDifferent tools to improve management, customer service, and flow and pullHow to "Go Lean" within your business and across the industryAvoid common mistakes in implementationSeek out resources for assistanceThis simple, continuous improvement approach that minimizes waste and adds customer value is changing organizations of all sizes all over the world. Lean for Dummies will show you to take charge and engage your enterprise in a Lean transformation!

Lean, Mean & Lonesome

by Annette Broadrick

Two complete novels in one volume describe how two not-so-conventional cowboys live by the code of the West. In Broadrick's "Lean, Mean and Lonesome, " a mercenary returns to his hometown to the woman he's never been able to forget. In Thacker's "A Shotgun Wedding, " when an upstanding physician is caught in a compromising position with a woman, her reputation demands he marries her.

Lean Mean Loving Machine

by Sandra Chastain

Beloved author Sandra Chastain tells the story of a businessman who will do anything to convince a beautiful mechanic to take a chance on him. Stacy Lanham grew up with a gambling father who dreamed big--and lost big. After he dies, leaving her with a trucking garage and little else, Stacy vows never to bet on anything that matters. So when Gavin Magadan walks into her shop dressed for a country club and presents a high-stakes business proposal, she's skeptical of falling for another man with big dreams--no matter how hot he may be. Gavin has plans for the land around Stacy's garage, and adding her little plot is the last step. The floundering shop should be easy to acquire, but Gavin is taken aback when he meets bold, strong-willed, and striking Stacy. To get the keys to her garage, and, more important, claim her heart, he will have to convince Stacy that she will always win if she bets on love.

Lean Mean Thirteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

by Janet Evanovich

New secrets, old flames, and hidden agendas are about to send bounty hunter Stephanie Plum on her most outrageous adventure yet! MISTAKE #1 Dickie Orr Stephanie was married to him for about fifteen minutes before she caught him cheating on her with her archnemesis, Joyce Barnhardt. Another fifteen minutes after that, Stephanie filed for divorce, hoping never to see either one of them again. MISTAKE #2 Doing favors for super bounty hunter Carlos Manoso (aka Ranger) Ranger needs Stephanie to meet with Dickie and find out if he's doing something shady. Turns out, he is. Turns out, Dickie's also back to doing Joyce Barnhardt. And it turns out Ranger's favors always come with a price. . . . MISTAKE #3 Going completely nutso while doing the favor for Ranger, and trying to apply bodily injury to Dickie in front of the entire office Now Dickie has disappeared, and Stephanie is the natural suspect in his disappearance. Is Dickie dead? Can he be found? And can Stephanie Plum stay one step ahead in this new, dangerous game? Joe Morelli, the hottest cop in Trenton, New Jersey, is also keeping Stephanie on her toes---and he may know more than he's saying about many things in Stephanie's life. It's a cat-and-mouse game for Stephanie Plum wherein the ultimate prize might be her life.

Lean Mommy: Bond with Your Baby and Get Fit with the Stroller Strides Program

by Lisa Druxman Martica Heaner

Lisa Druxman, a certified personal trainer and fitness professional,knows one of the challenges new moms face: How do I get back into shape after giving birth? After Lisa gave birth to her first child, she developed exercises that she could do with her baby, using power walks, the stroller, and exercise tubing. Now she brings the proven techniques of Stroller Strides to moms everywhere, with a total fitness program for pre- and postnatal fitness and nutrition. In addition to stroller-based workouts, Lisa outlines front-pack carrier workouts and eating plans to combat post-baby weight gain, energy loss, and mood swings. LEAN MOMMY gives moms the ability to have it all: satisfying workouts, real results, and bonding time with baby.

Lean On Me

by Anne Marie Miller

"Reading this gut-honest book will be like cold water to your parched soul." --Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times best-selling author of The Best Yes"Anne's story is a disturbingly searching, deeply convicting, and delightfully arousing call to community, the kind that only Jesus makes possible. Read it and you'll want to relate as perhaps you've never related before, with both vulnerability and commitment. Leave safe relating behind, and connect with healing power." --Dr. Larry Crabb, best-selling author of ConnectingLife has a way of throwing unexpected obstacles in our path, tripping us up, and bringing us to our knees. When these crises hit, who do you call? Who do you lean on? Anne Marie Miller found herself in one of those valleys on the floor of a hotel bathroom while on a business trip. Months of stress accumulated and took its toll. In a moment of desperation, she picked up the phone and called a friend for guidance. That simple phone call was the first step in a transforming journey of evaluating what community truly meant and looked like in her life.We live in a world and a generation where the word "community" is often discussed. But how genuine and authentic are your relationships really? Anne Marie noticed an important tension all of us must recognize in order to have life-giving friendships: "We desperately want to belong yet at the same time, we yearn for independence."In Lean On Me, Anne Marie Miller takes us along as she sets out to dig below the superficial and explore what choices are necessary to find intentional, vulnerable, and consistent community. Jesus was passionate about truth-speaking relationships. And with Anne Marie's narrative and practical insights interwoven together, you will feel more equipped in your quest for these types of relationships as you seek people to lean on and as you pour love into those around you.

The Lean Practitioner's Handbook

by Mark Eaton

The Lean Practitioner's Handbook bridges the gap between the tools and concepts of Lean and the practical use of the tools. It offers a practical, easily accessible resource for anyone preparing for, implementing or evaluating lean activities covering key areas such as: aspects of a Lean Programme; scoping a programme; value stream mapping; 2P and 3P events; Rapid Improvement Events; managing for daily improvement; engaging the team; spotting problems and communicating progress. In addition, it offers a quick snapshot summary of the key tool and concepts of Lean plus easily applicable templates.

Lean Six Sigma that Works: A Powerful Action Plan for Dramatically Improving Quality, Increasing Speed, and Reducing Waste

by Bill Carreira Bill Trudell

If lean manufacturing moves your products through processes faster, and Six Sigma improves their quality, just imagine what combining these two powerful disciplines will do for you Lean Six Sigma That Works provides the key to transforming your results in any manufacturing environment, giving you detailed, practical processes that let you leave the conference room, and get right to work.

Lean Solutions

by James P. Womack Daniel T. Jones

Computers, cars, and even big-box retail sites promise to solve our every need. So why aren't consumers any happier? Because everything surrounding the process of obtaining and using all these products causes us frustration and disappointment. Why is it that, when our computers or our cell phones fail to satisfy our needs, virtually every interaction with help lines, support centers, or any organization providing service is marked with wasted time and extra hassle? And who among us hasn't spent countless hours in the waiting room at the doctor's office, or driven away from the mechanic only to have the "fix engine" light go on? In their bestselling business classic Lean Thinking, James Womack and Daniel Jones introduced the world to the principles of lean production- principles for eliminating waste during production. Now, in Lean Solutions, the authors establish the groundbreaking principles of lean consumption, showing companies how to eliminate inefficiency during consumption. The problem is neither that companies don't care nor that the people trying to fix our broken products are inept. Rather, it's that few companies today see consumption as a process- a series of linked goods and services, all of which must occur seamlessly for the consumer to be satisfied. Buying a home computer, for example, involves researching, purchasing, integrating, maintaining, upgrading, and, ultimately, replacing it. In this landmark new book, James Womack and Daniel Jones deconstruct this broken producer-consumer model and show businesses how to repair it. Across all industries, companies that apply the principles of lean consumption will learn how to provide the full value consumers desire from products without wasting time or effort- theirs or the consumers'- and as a result these companies will be more profitable and competitive. Lean Solutions is full of surprising success stories: Fujitsu, a leading service company for technology, has transformed the way call centers solve problems- learning how to eliminate the underlying cause of current problems rather than fixing them again and again. An extremely successful car dealership has adopted lean principles to streamline its business, making for dramatically reduced wait time, fewer return trips, and greater satisfaction for customers- and a far more lucrative enterprise. Lean Solutions will inspire managers to take the first steps toward perfecting their company's process of giving consumers what they really want.

The Lean Startup

by Eric Ries

Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched. Eric Ries defines a startup as an organization dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty. This is just as true for one person in a garage or a group of seasoned professionals in a Fortune 500 boardroom. What they have in common is a mission to penetrate that fog of uncertainty to discover a successful path to a sustainable business. The Lean Startup approach fosters companies that are both more capital efficient and that leverage human creativity more effectively. Inspired by lessons from lean manufacturing, it relies on "validated learning," rapid scientific experimentation, as well as a number of counter-intuitive practices that shorten product development cycles, measure actual progress without resorting to vanity metrics, and learn what customers really want. It enables a company to shift directions with agility, altering plans inch by inch, minute by minute. Rather than wasting time creating elaborate business plans, The Lean Startup offers entrepreneurs - in companies of all sizes - a way to test their vision continuously, to adapt and adjust before it's too late. Ries provides a scientific approach to creating and managing successful startups in a age when companies need to innovate more than ever.From the Hardcover edition.

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