Lean thinking: banish waste and create wealth in your corporation

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Simon & Schuster, 1996 - Business & Economics - 350 pages
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After a decade of downsizing and reengineering, most companies in North America, Europe, and Japan are still stuck, searching for a formula for sustainable growth and success. The problem, as Womack and Jones explain in Lean Thinking, is that managers have lost sight of value for the customer and how to create it. By focusing on their existing organizations and outdated definitions of value, managers create waste, and the economies of the advanced countries continue to stagnate. What's needed instead is lean thinking to help managers clearly specify value, to line up all the value-creating activities for a specific product along a value stream, and to make value flow smoothly at the pull of the customer in pursuit of perfection. The first part of the book describes each of these concepts and makes them come alive with striking examples. As Lean Thinking clearly demonstrates, these simple ideas can breathe new life into any company in any industry, routinely doubling both productivity and sales while stabilizing employment. But most managers will need guidance on how to make the lean leap in their firm. Part II provides a step-by-step action plan, based on in-depth studies of fifty lean companies in a wide range of industries across the world - including Pratt & Whitney, Porsche, and Toyota. Even those readers who believe they have embraced lean thinking will discover in Part III that another dramatic leap is possible by creating a lean enterprise for each of their product families that tightly links all value-creating activities from concept to product launch, from order to delivery, and from raw materials into the arms of the consumer. This new concept takes the best features from theAmerican, German, and Japanese industrial traditions and recombines them in a way that can be applied to every economic activity, from long distance travel to construction to health care.

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There are books which are evolutionary (99%) and some that are revolutionary (1%) - this book falls definitely into the latter category. It changes your way of thinking and explains you why some of our rational concepts about the (business) world are simply wrong. Read full review

Contents

From Lean Production to Lean Enterprise
9
LEAN PRINCIPLES
13
Lean Thinking versus Muda
15
Value The Value Stream
20
Flow
21
Pull
24
Perfection
25
FROM THINKING TO ACTION THE LEAN LEAP
99
A Channel for the Stream a Valley for the Channel 13 Dreaming About Perfection
330
The Lean Network Appendix Individuals and Organizations Who Helped Glossary Notes
331
Bibliography
333
Index
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The Simple Case
113
A Harder Case
149
The Acid Test
150
Lean Thinking versus German Yťchnik
189
Mighty Toyota Tiny Showa
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LEAN ENTERPRISE
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About the author (1996)

James P. Womack is the president and founder of the Lean Enterprise Institute (www.lean.org), a nonprofit education and research organization based in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Daniel T. Jones is the chairman and founder of the Lean Enterprise Academy (www.leanuk.org), a nonprofit education and research organization based in the UK.

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