Simpler Consulting Announces New Book Detailing Successful Strategies of Lean Transformation

Little Book of Lean Helps Businesses Reduce Waste, Boost Productivity

PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Simpler Consulting, L.P., a leading global management consulting firm that helps companies improve processes to stimulate business-impacting results, today announced that Vice President Chris Cooper authored a new book, The Little Book of Lean. Drawing on his more than 20 years of experience leading lean transformations, Cooper authored the book to serve as a fundamental guide to teach business leaders and entrepreneurs the essential and basic foundations of lean management.

“The idea for The Little Book of Lean came directly through my client work at Simpler Consulting. As my clients came to me for resources that taught the basics of lean management, they often found literature that focused too heavily on lean manufacturing,” said Cooper. “Whether it is public sector or a local community hospital, I have yet to find a business that did not benefit from lean thinking. I hope The Little Book of Lean will be a straightforward guide that introduces businesses from all industries to lean thinking.”

Throughout the book, the reader is taken on a step-by-step journey on how to recognize waste and understand value, eventually leading them to create a successful plan for lean cultural transformation. Each key element of the book includes a question, designed to provoke thought and stimulate conversation. Sample topics include:

  • Know Waste before Claiming to Know Work
  • Understand Value
  • Learn to See Waste
  • Routine Rhythm for Improvement
  • What Happens When Waste is Eliminated
  • Creating the Culture

“Chris Cooper’s expertise in teaching companies how to implement a successful lean strategy led him to develop a book that will undoubtedly become a go-to resource for business leaders in both the beginning and late stages of their lean transformation,” said Marc Hafer, CEO of Simpler Consulting. “As we continue to come out of this economic downturn, business leaders across all industries are looking for ways to emerge stronger than before. This book provides organizations with the essential tools they need to get back to basics and make an impact.”

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About the Author

Chris Cooper has over 20 years of leadership experience in the delivery of successful large-scale lean transformations across a broad range of industries, companies and countries. His industry segment experience include aerospace, defense, military, finance, marketing, healthcare, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and maintenance, repair and overhaul. Chris has been at the forefront of the lean revolution speaking at conferences, working with executive teams and as an assessor of the Shingo Prize. He has been the sensei for many significant and pioneering lean transformations and has often introduced lean concepts to new sectors and organizations in the commercial business and non-profit fields. As Vice President of Simpler Consulting, Cooper leads a multi-cultural team of consultants in more than ten languages throughout Europe and Asia.

Cooper is an Aeronautical Engineer through formal apprenticeship program with BAE Systems and has a Business and Technology (BTEC) Higher National Diploma (HND) from the University of Humberside.

About Simpler Consulting, L.P.

Simpler Consulting, L.P. is a leading global management consulting firm that helps companies improve processes to stimulate business-impacting results. Unlike traditional management consulting firms that specialize in developing strategy but fall short on execution, Simpler plays an active role helping clients to create an organizational culture that continuously seeks out opportunities to make improvements. With its proprietary Simpler Business System®, Simpler® has delivered the fastest and most enduring lean transformations at hundreds of organizations around the world. To learn more, visit:


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