I thought is would be helpful to create a resource page that you can always come to for all your Lean and Six Sigma needs. I’ll add to it as I learn more. On this page you’ll see also some recommendations on the tools I use to manage this website. I recommend you bookmark this page for your reference and convenience.

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Books and Unsolicited Free Stuff

I get free stuff from companies.  In the spirit of transparency, below are some of the gifts I’ve received:

  • SigmaXL is a super smart Excel Add-in that makes your Microsoft Excel installation into a statistical powerhouse. Go get SigmaXL today.
  • The folks at MIT Sloan Management Review (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) send me several unsolicited complimentary copies of their outstanding magazine.  Thanks MIT.
  • The Lean Enterprise Institute has sent me many wonderful books and material on Lean Manufacturing, Leadership, and other products related to business and operational excellence.  Much thanks to the folks at Lean Enterprise Institute.
  • Jeff Hajek from Velaction Continuous Improvement, contacted me and sent me a complimentary copy of his book, Whaddaya Mean I Gotta Be Lean?  Thanks, Jeff.
  • I received an unsolicited free box of Non-Drowsy Children’s Claritin Grape Chewables in March 2009 — thanks Claritin!
  • Chili’s Grill & Bar kindly sent me 4 Free Dinner coupons.  Thanks Chili’s Grill & Bar!
  • On a monthly basis, Wiley Publishing sends me books related to Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing, and on Customer-specific topics. I am under no obligation to read or review these books, but it’s awfully nice of them to do that. So, if I like a particular book, then I’ll probably write a blog post about it.
  • In the past, IBM Press has sent me books related to Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing, Agile and Lean for Software, and on The Theory of Constraints. I am under no obligation to read or review the books they send me, but it’s awfully nice of them to do that. So, if I like a particular book, then I’ll probably write a blog post about it.
  • Out of the blue, Sonicare sent me a very fancy electric toothbrush. I believe the retail value of this device is ~$60 USD. I like it and has kept my teeth clean. I am still not sure why they sent me one. Maybe they know something about my teeth that I don’t know.
  • Grey Poupon mustard sent me a variety pack of fancy mustard. I’m not a big mustard guy, but that sure was nice. I endorse Grey Poupon even though I don’t like mustard. Their brand is respectable and the mustard is fancy. I like them. Again, I really don’t know why they sent me unsolicited mustard
  • Forest W. Breyfogle III: I’ve received a number of free books from him and his publicist.
  • Advantus Corporation sent me, out of the blue, a 9×4 People Finder Cubicle Sign.
  • J. Ross Publishing graciously sent me several books to review:
  • Goal QPC sent me:
  • Wiley Publishing sent me:
    • Extreme Toyota, Radical Contradictions That Drive Success at the World’s Best Manufacturer, by Emi Osono, Norihiko Shimuzu, & Hirotaka Takeuchi

And MANY, MANY more. Too many things to mention here. And thanks to everyone for sending me free stuff.

I love free stuff, so please don’t hesitate to contact me and send things my way. Who knows, I might be able to create some good word-of-mouth for your product – of, if you’d like to learn more about the great companies that send me free stuff.

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