The American Society for Quality Releases The Lean Handbook

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Latest manual is a collaborative effort on the part of the lean industry’s most passionate professionals.

ASQ releases 'The Lean Handbook'

The Lean Handbook

Every manager, executive, or government official needs to be aware that if his or her organization is not using lean, it's throwing away money. (Ref: Keep It Simple, by Adil Dalal)

The American Society for Quality announced the recent release of The Lean Handbook: A Guide to the Bronze Certification Body of Knowledge. Several authorities on lean technology were carefully selected to contribute to the most comprehensive resource on lean to date. The following are the contributors authors of Lean handbook: Christopher Abrey, Andy Carlino, Adil Dalal, Grace Duffy, David Foxx, Dr. Gwendolyn Galsworth, Bruce Hamilton, Pat Wardwell, John Kendrick, Matthew Maio, David Mann, Anthony Manos, Brian Maskell, Timothy McMahon, Dr. Mark Morgan, Frank Murdock, Mike Osterling, Bob Petruska Govind Ramu , Rama Shankar , Mark Paulsen, Gregg Stocker, Chad Vincent and Jerry M. Wright.

Lean has been described by its proponents as an effective growth tool capable of transforming any organization by optimizing strategies, systems, and processes through the elimination of waste. The Lean Handbook is an encyclopedia on quality and efficiency, serving practitioners on their path to certification, while also providing an invaluable resource for experts in applying their craft in the field. Tony Manos, the handbook’s co-editor, says, “We only approached people that we trusted had the knowledge and the real-world understanding, along with writing experience that would enhance the readers’ experience”.

Frank Murdock, incoming Chair of the ASQ Lean Enterprise Division, described the manual as the industry’s “living document”, and elaborated on the handbook’s role for practitioners in implementing Lean. “What is exciting about the new Lean Handbook is that it is built upon the Lean Body of Knowledge which has been gathered from the best practices of hundreds of practitioners through the efforts of the SME, the AME, Shingo and the ASQ. “

Adil Dalal, CEO of Pinnacle Process Solutions, International®, LLC, who has served on the Board for Lean Certification and is currently the Chair of the ASQ Human Development & Leadership Division, has authored Chapter 1: Cultural Enablers and Chapter 4: Competitive Impact. The co-editor, Tony Manos, praised Dalal for his passion and commitment to the industry and said, “The sections that Adil contributed to were not only enlightening and instructive but they brought a breath of fresh air to the principles.”

Adil is delighted at the release of the Lean Handbook and says, “It is an honor to be one of the contributing authors to the Lean Body of Knowledge, published by ASQ. Thanks to ASQ LED, the editors- Tony and Chad, and to amazing array of contributing authors. This handbook is not only a comprehensive reference for Lean certification through ASQ, AME, Shingo Prize and SME coalition but it is an admirable service provided to the entire lean community.”

The book is currently available for purchase at or at ASQ website

You can download a free copy of Chapter 1: Cultural Enablers which is authored by Adil Dalal, in the Member Download area at

For more information please visit Pinnacle Process Solutions, Intl.®, LLC at or contact Pinnacle Process Solutions at info(at)pinnacleprocess(dot)com or at (512) 212-1166.

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