Two Recent Crc Press Publications Receive The 2011 Shingo Prize

Stories from My Sensei and Lean IT receive the 2011 Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence, Research, and Professional Publication Award.
April 29, 2011 - PRLog -- Stories from My Sensei and Lean IT receive the 2011 Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence, Research, and Professional Publication Award.

CRC Press / Productivity Press is pleased to announce that Steven E. Hoeft, Steven C. Bell, and Michael Orzen have been honored with the prestigious Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence, 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.

Stories from My Sensei by Stephen E. Hoeft and Lean IT: Enabling and Sustaining Your Lean Transformation by Steven C. Bell and Michael A. Orzen are CRC’s / Productivity Press’ most recent recipients of this highly sought after prize. Productivity Press, now part 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.

In Stories from My Sensei, Steve Hoeft tells the stories of lessons learned from his Toyota Production System (TPS) master teachers. After covering the historical and foundational aspects of TPS, the stories illustrate a wealth of essential topics encompassing the timeless, unchanging principles of Just-In-Time, Built in Quality, and Respect for People. It also delves into the specifics of tools like Kanban, Quick Changeover, and A3 Problem Solving.

Steve Hoeft, a Toyota-trained TPS Coach at Altarum Institute, has helped organizations win over a dozen Shingo prizes. He is a practitioner, teacher, change agent, and thought leader in applying Lean principles to unique, knowledge-worker processes for hundreds of clients in multiple industries and application areas.

“Steve is one of the few leaders in the U.S. that is truly a TPS expert. He has not only written the way to be successful but he also demonstrated it successfully within various companies while keeping TPS pure and simple.”
—Phil Lardiere, President Pendleton Group Inc., and author of X

Lean IT is filled with practical, hands-on ideas on how to implement Lean tools and principles within an IT organization. It includes real-world case studies from organizations that have successfully applied Lean IT, including Toyota, Barry Wehmiller, Con-way, Ingersoll Rand, Steelcase, Virginia Mason Hospital, and GroupHealth.

Steve Bell, CFPIM brings over twenty years of experience in finance, operations management and information systems. Mike Orzen, CMA, CFPIM, PMP delivers a unique blend of experience in IT, operations management, Lean, Six Sigma, and project management. Steve and Mike are co-founders of Steady Improvement, Inc., a management consulting firm dedicated to the enhancement of business performance through development of people, improvement of processes, and thoughtful application of appropriate IT.

“There has never been a more critical time to improve how IT integrates with the global business enterprise. This book provides an unprecedented look at the role that Lean IT will play in making this revolutionary shift and the critical steps for sustained success.”
—Steve Castellanos, Lean Enterprise Director, Nike, Inc.

To view Steady Improvements’ acceptance video visit

My Sensei
ISBN: 9781439816547, 180 pp.,
Hardback, $30.95

Lean IT: Enabling and Sustaining Your Lean Transformation
ISBN: 9781439817568, 370 pp.,
Hardback, $49.95

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