The Gold Mine Trilogy Study Guide


A way for teams to improve their lean practice together through reflection on the Ballé novel trilogy: The Gold Mine, The Lean Manager, Lead With Respect


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Topics: Problem Solving

Michael Ballé and his father Freddy have written three novels that form a trilogy of lean discovery. This companion study guide will help you and your team explore together the novels and their lean principles, tools, and insights to more deeply understand and adopt kaizen spirit into your daily work. Lean is very much a journey of learning—we hope this guide helps you navigate yours.

The guide is designed to work through the books one chapter at a time. The material is structured to support a regular cadence of team discussions. Each chapter section contains:

  1. A chapter summary.
  2. Author explanations of the significance of each chapter and how specific tools embody specific lean principles.
  3. Key ideas contained in the chapter.
  4. Reflection questions to guide your conversations.
Publisher:Lean Enterprise Institute, Inc.
Publication Date:October 12, 2015
Number of Pages:144
Weight:0.63 lbs
Dimensions:9.000 × 6.000 × 0.500 in

About Tom Ehrenfeld

Tom Ehrenfeld is a writer and editor living in Cambridge, MA. A former writer/editor with Inc. Magazine and Harvard Business Review, he is the author of The Startup Garden: How Growing A Business Grows You. He works as a consulting editor for LEI and with many other lean authors. Nine of his edited books have won the Shingo Research…

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About Michael Ballé

Michael Ballé is co-author of The Gold Mine, a best-selling business novel of lean turnaround, and recently The Lean Manager, a novel of lean transformation, both published by the Lean Enterprise Institute. For the past 25 years, he has studied lean transformation and helped companies develop a lean culture. He is…

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