Pittsburgh regional hospitals
Hospitals were reduced central line infections in patients by 70 percent, with certain hospital eliminating the terrible complication entirely.
A jet engine manufacturer
When this manufacturer cut design cycle time by 25 percent and reduced change orders by half it won the largest contract of its kind.
A Utility Company
A utility cut operating expenses by 25 percent in six weeks – without headcount reductions.
A High Tech Manufacturer
A high technology manufacturer cut throughput time by 70 percent, increased capacity, and nearly eliminated scrap.
“[The High-Velocity Edge] contains ideas that form the basis for structured continuous learning and improvement in every aspect of our lives. While this book is tailored to business leaders, it should be read by high school seniors, college students, and those already in the workforce. With the broad societal application of these ideas, we can achieve levels of accomplishment not even imagined by most people.” —The Honorable Paul H. O’Neill, former CEO and Chairman, Alcoa, and Former Secretary of the Treasury
“Some firms outperform competitors in many ways at once—cost, speed, innovation, service. How? Steve Spear opened my eyes to the secret of systemizing innovation: taking it from the occasional, unpredictable ‘stroke of genius’ to something you and your people do month-in, month-out to outdistance rivals.” —Scott D. Cook, founder and Chairman of the Executive Committee, Intuit, Inc.
“Steven Spear connects a deep study of systems with practical management insights and does it better than any organizational scholar I know. [This] is a profoundly important book that will challenge and inspire executives in all industries to think more clearly about the technical and social foundations of organizational excellence.” —Donald M. Berwick, M.D., M.P.P., President and CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
“Spear has dazzled readers with his insights.” —Harvard Business Review
“Brilliant. Every page is a gem of wisdom and insight. Reading it twice is not enough. I refer to it continually.” —Robert Galloway, CEO, U.S. Synthetic
“This book is not the sort of easy, entertaining paperback you can buy in the San Francisco airport and finish by the time you land in Boston. There’s no fluff here, no simple silver-bullet solutions to all your problems. But this is probably the most insightful book about quality and process that has ever been written. I count having been one of Steve Spear’s colleagues and advisers to be one of my foremost credentials. … In his field he has no peers.” —Clay Christensen, The Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School