Gold Mine: A Novel of Lean Turnaround

Gold Mine: A Novel of Lean Turnaround

by Freddy Balle
     
 

ISBN-10: 0974322563

ISBN-13: 9780974322568

Pub. Date: 05/30/2005

Publisher: Lean Enterprise Institute, Incorporated

The Gold Mine: a Novel of Lean Turnaround deftly weaves together the technical and human pieces of implementing lean manufacturing in an engaging story that readers will find both compelling and instructive. Authors Freddy and Michael Ball� have produced the first integrated and systematic approach to a set of ideas that have maximized value and minimized waste…  See more details below

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The Gold Mine: a Novel of Lean Turnaround deftly weaves together the technical and human pieces of implementing lean manufacturing in an engaging story that readers will find both compelling and instructive. Authors Freddy and Michael Ball� have produced the first integrated and systematic approach to a set of ideas that have maximized value and minimized waste throughout the world. At the heart of The Gold Mine is Bob Woods, a curmudgeonly sensei coaxed out of retirement by his son Mike to help boyhood friend Phil Jenkinson save his struggling company. Despite terrific products and a backlog of orders, Phil�s company cannot generate enough cash from its operations to pay its bills. And so Mike enlists Bob to help his pal fix this crisis.

"You�re trying to deal with your mess as if it was a technical problem," Bob tells Phil. "Move this machine here, change this design there, which it is to some extent, but � it�s all about people. You have a leadership problem not just a production or business problem." As Phil begins to tackle the key challenges necessary to improve his company�s operations, he comes to understand the deeper points of lean. Readers will also draw powerful insights from his journey.

The Gold Mine presents all the key lean principles, ranging from well-known ideas such as pull and flow, to lesser-known yet equally important principles such as jidoka and heijunka. The book also reveals lean as a system�using a realistic story to show how the principles are interrelated and how they lead to useful tools such as kanban or 5S.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780974322568
Publisher:
Lean Enterprise Institute, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/30/2005
Pages:
349
Sales rank:
465,751
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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