Andy & Me: Crisis and Transformation on the Lean Journey

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Productivity Press, Feb 1, 2005 - Business & Economics - 192 pages
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2006 SHINGO PRIZE for EXCELLENCE in MANUFACTURING RESEARCH

Based on the author's personal experience with Toyota’s master teachers and with companies in the midst of great change, Andy & Me is a business novel set in a failing New Jersey auto plant focusing on the tribulations of Tom Pappas, the plant manager. The situations, characters and plant politics will ring true with many readers.

In a cool, readable style, Andy & Me follows Tom's relationship with Andy Saito, a reclusive, retired Toyota guru whom Tom persuades to help save his plant through the teaching of the legendary Toyota Production System (TPS).

On this journey, the reader learns that TPS is more than just a collection of tools; it entails a new way of thinking and behaving. Though Tom finds success — both in his plant and in his personal life — he learns from Andy that successful improvement is "endless and eternal."

  

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Review: Andy & Me: Crisis and Transformation on the Lean Journey

User Review  - Dogan Dikmen - Goodreads

An easy to read but lots of practical tips. Read full review

Review: Andy & Me: Crisis and Transformation on the Lean Journey

User Review  - Lindsay - Goodreads

I enjoyed the novel aspect of this book, and the lean principles were delivered in a basic, easily understood format. I struggled with both of these under the same cover. When I read for education or ... Read full review

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Contents

Well Have to Close Some Plants
1
Looking for Mr Saito
8
Finding a Sensei
12
Sincere Mind
16
Henry Fords Vision
27
Walking the Plant
31
Continuing the Tour
37
Needs More Work
45
Visual Management
103
The River and the Rocks
114
People Make the Difference
120
No Problem is a Problem
125
Developing Early Warning Systems
134
The Valley of Darkness
142
Learning About the Help Line
146
The Efficiency of Pull Systems
152

Understanding Zone Control
57
Time Out at the Blue Giraffe
64
Making Our Video
69
KickOff
83
Big Heart
87
The Money Board
90
A Night in Astoria
97
Stupid Meanness
160
The Frog the Scorpion and the Nightingale
164
Grapefruit Moon
170
Glossary
175
Index
181
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