Andy & Me: Crisis and Transformation on the Lean Journey, Second Edition / Edition 2

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In an era when automotive companies are being propped up instead of profiting, many firms are revisiting this award winning book and the wise approach it takes to improvement. The second edition of this bestselling text, one of the most popular ever written on Lean, facilitates the Lean implementation process by emphasizing practicality and a can do attitude in the face of all challenges, big and small. Winner of a 2006 Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing Research Based on the author's personal experience with Toyota's master teachers, 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. The book 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. This edition adds end-of-chapter study questions that highlight critical Lean and leadership lessons. It also includes corresponding notes that provide up-front guidance. The author is a Toyota veteran with more than two decades of professional experience as a consultant in Lean management and manufacturing.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439825389
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/2/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 119,143
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Pascal Dennis is a professional engineer with more than 25 years of experience in management consulting and manufacturing, including leadership positions at Toyota and Lean Pathways, Inc.

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Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: "We'll Have to Close Some Plants"
  • Chapter 2: Looking for Mr. Saito
  • Chapter 3: Finding a Sensei
  • Chapter 4: Sincere Mind
  • Chapter 5: Henry Ford's Vision
  • Chapter 6: Walking the Plant
  • Chapter 7: Continuing the Tour
  • Chapter 8: Needs More Work
  • Chapter 9: Understanding Zone Control
  • Chapter 10: Time Out at the Blue Giraffe
  • Chapter 11: Making our Video
  • Chapter 12: Kick-Off
  • Chapter 13: Big Heart
  • Chapter 14: The Money Board
  • Chapter 15: A Night in Astoria
  • Chapter 16: Visual Management
  • Chapter 17: The River and the Rocks
  • Chapter 18: People Make the Difference
  • Chapter 19: "No Problem" is a Problem
  • Chapter 20: Developing Early Warning Systems
  • Chapter 21: The Valley of Darkness
  • Chapter 22: Learning About the Help Line
  • Chapter 23: The Efficiency of Pull Systems
  • Chapter 24: Stupid Meanness
  • Chapter 25: The Frog, the Scorpion and the Nightingale
  • Chapter 26: Grapefruit Moon
  • Glossary
  • Index
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