Easier, Simpler, Faster: Systems Strategy for Lean IT

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CRC Press, Feb 23, 2007 - Business & Economics - 192 pages
To enhance and sustain its Lean journey, a company must implement information systems that fully support and enhance the Lean initiative. In Easier, Simpler, Faster: Systems Strategy for Lean IT, Jean Cunningham and Duane Jones introduce the case study of an actual Lean implementation involving the IT system of a mid-size manufacturer, highlighting the IT challenges that the manufacturer faced during the Lean transformation. Winner of a Shingo Prize, this book will provide you with a broader vision as well as a path to what a Lean system environment will look like for your company.
 

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Contents

All Value Streams Are Created Equal
5
Lean Basics to Define Your Customer Value
11
Kaizen and Kaizen EventsAligning IS to Improvement
17
Applying Standardization
23
Doing More with Less Faster and Cheaper
31
Integrating Your Order Entry into
35
Making Your Office LeanLess PaperImmediate Access
44
Selecting Enabling and Customizing
53
Integrating the Kanban Process into the ERP System
85
Reshuffling MRP to Align with Kanban and Lean
93
Mission to Go LiveBuilding Teams
103
Managing the Implementation
112
Importance of Teams in Building a Lean Culture
118
Open Information Builds Trust and a Common Culture
127
Lean Accounting Systems
133
The Thirteen Guiding Information
149

Managing Your ERPImplementing a Vanilla Version
62
Kanban Reducing Inventory and Managing
71
MRP Produces More Inventory Less Flexibility
77
About the Authors
163
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Duane Jones has worn several hats at Lantech, and has served the companyas material handler, engineering change coordinator, and productionscheduler. When Lantech decided to go lean, he became amember of the kaizen team for the lean effort. After implementingLantech's ERP system in 1995, he learned to program (without any previousexperience) and subsequently trained others in the customizationof the new ERP system. Duane then became Lantech's IS TeamLeader, a position he holds to this day. In this capacity, he is responsiblefor hardware, software, and application integration in our company.He has served as consultant to Lantech's European affiliateduring its ERP implementation in 2003 and continues to apply leanprinciples directly within IS as well as in any IS customer projects.While at Lantech, Jean Cunningham was the company CFO andresponsible for corporate services, HR, accounting, information systems, telecom, facilities, and many of the com pany's continuousimprovement activities until 1999. Fluid in project responsibilities, she was appointed project sponsor for implementation of the ERPsystem in 1995 and was also involved with Lantech's very first m anufacturingkaizen events in 1992, geared to im plem ent lean on thefactory shop floor. After leaving Lantech, Jean assumed a similar leanleader position while serving as CFO for a door manufacturing companythat adopted lean as a business strategy. Jean frequently providesconsulting services to companies interested in lean manufacturing, ISimplementation in a lean environment, and lean accounting.

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