Going Lean: How the Best Companies Apply Lean Manufacturing Principles to Shatter Uncertainty, Drive Innovation, and Maximize Profits

Going Lean: How the Best Companies Apply Lean Manufacturing Principles to Shatter Uncertainty, Drive Innovation, and Maximize Profits

by Stephen A. Ruffa
     
 

ISBN-10: 081441057X

ISBN-13: 9780814410578

Pub. Date: 06/23/2008

Publisher: AMACOM

Going Lean sets aside the notion that efficient operations and powerful innovations are only possible when business is steady and demand is growing. Instead, companies must learn that sudden shifts or unpredictable conditions need not undermine their results. Led by a new breed of companies –Toyota, Wal-Mart, and Southwest Airlines—a powerful,

Overview

Going Lean sets aside the notion that efficient operations and powerful innovations are only possible when business is steady and demand is growing. Instead, companies must learn that sudden shifts or unpredictable conditions need not undermine their results. Led by a new breed of companies –Toyota, Wal-Mart, and Southwest Airlines—a powerful, yet unexpected mindset is reshaping the rules for business competitiveness. By using Lean Dynamics ™—based on the now-famous Toyota Production System—companies everywhere can thrive in virtually any environment. In Going Lean, readers will learn how to:
• become broadly effective in creating and sustaining value
• set a critical foundation for achieving sustained excellence
• identify sources of lag and create robust value streams that thrive in today’s dynamic conditions
• describe the underlying techniques to maintain steady and predictable flow
• create a system based on “pull,” or external demand that consistently introduces new innovation even during severe downturns
• strive for perfection
• deliver industry-leading returns

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814410578
Publisher:
AMACOM
Publication date:
06/23/2008
Series:
Prime X Ser.
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Contents

Permissions vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Solving the Mystery of Success 1

PART I FROM CRISIS TO EXCELLENCE 9

1 Awash in Chaos! 11

2 Shattering the Illusion of Stability 29

3 Creating a Roadmap for Change 46

4 A New System of Management 64

PART II THE FOUNDATIONAL ELEMENTS 79

5 Leading through Measurement 81

6 From Supply Chains to Value Streams 102

7 Leveling Process Variation 123

8 To Push or to Pull? 145

PART III IMPLEMENTING LEAN DYNAMICS 163

9 A Plan for Action 165

10 Structuring the Transformation 182

11 Making Lean Dynamics Succeed 196

12 Conquering the Crisis 205

Appendix: Constructing the Value Curve 213

Glossary 219

Notes 227

Index 257

About the Author 265

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