The book is split into two equal halves and within that, four parts. The lean philosophy and methodology have such robust and demonstrable provenance, it is inevitable that the first half should comprise of 3 parts that look at the approach, some complementary thinking plus some hard tools and techniques. The injection of many practical examples aims to show readers how relevant and powerful the thinking and mindset are when they are linked to the doing. It is important to read through this part first to get the most out of the practical examples later on.

The second half of the book consists of the sizeable fourth section and is all about practical thinking and implementation. It is split into the four areas of our daily life, specifically lean thinking and its application at home, in our health, when we’re travelling and at work. And with the world growing smaller and more integrated, I touch on the relevance of being a good global citizen from a lean perspective. Theories and thinking usually tend to sound formal, contrived and dry, but they provide the strong foundation required for implementation. They guide and give meaning to what we see, and provide a sound basis for practical action.

This is not a recipe book to follow; instead, it adopts an agile modular approach. It facilitates you to be your OWN quality life coach in ALL aspects of your life. Take charge and dictate! Certain wasteful processes in life may not be preventable. However, the leaner a thinker you are and the more equipped you are with tools and techniques, the more you will be able to manage and minimise them.