Lean Manufacturing That Works: Powerful Tools for Dramatically Reducing Waste and Maximizing Profits

Lean Manufacturing That Works: Powerful Tools for Dramatically Reducing Waste and Maximizing Profits

Lean Manufacturing That Works: Powerful Tools for Dramatically Reducing Waste and Maximizing Profits

Lean Manufacturing That Works: Powerful Tools for Dramatically Reducing Waste and Maximizing Profits

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This is a book about lean manufacturing. More specifically, this is a book about how to put lean manufacturing to work to improve your particular business. There are many excellent books that address the concepts of lean manufacturing, and I do not bring any revolutionary new concepts to this body of knowledge. What I attempt to bring to the party with this book is a more [everyday] approach to the topics under discussion, with enough detail and illustration of some of the basic tools of lean to give the reader a clear view of how to implement (do) what we are talking about.

That being said, the first questions that should come up are, [What is lean, and why should I consider changing the way I currently do business?] These are good questions.

If you boil lean down to its essence, it is a culture. It's not so much a discrete [thing] as it is a way of thinking, an overall philosophy of running a business. I have observed companies that have an annual operations plan in addition to a set of lean initiatives, treating them as two different categories of activity. When I question management about the distinction, the responses are usually along the lines of: [We have a 5S initiative] or [We have a plan to reduce headcount on line 4.] I then make the point that lean should not be separate from your business plan; instead, it should be used to develop and support your business plan. I am often surprised to see a fundamental . . .

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