about the book

Hoshin Kanri for the Lean Enterprise, 2nd edition is a book about how to develop your organization to become a community of scientific problem solvers, with the agility demanded by our dynamic and uncertain times. It systematically addresses the five phases of the hoshin cycle, including



  • Scan the competitive environment with the classic tools of strategic planning.
  • Scan your organization’s unique strengths and weaknesses with value stream maps and the President’s Diagnosis.


  • Establish “True North” by creating a mid-term strategy or balanced scorecard of improvement drivers.
  • Operationalize your strategy by creating an annual “hoshin” or 12-month action plan.
  • Play “catchball” to improve your knowledge of operational realities and confirm that your managers understand your strategic intent.


  • Manage your A3 projects flawlessly.
  • Engage the workforce with better training and coaching.


  • Improve execution and course correction through visual management.


  • Reflect deeply on battles won and lost with a visual approach to advanced problem solving.