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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; abridged edition edition (Dec. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671574221
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671574222
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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Following on from their book, The Machine that Changed the World, Womack and Jones have developed their ideas further with Lean Thinking. This book is aimed at any manager interested in sustaining growth within their industry. They define "lean thinking" as the elimination of unnecessary waste in business, and by outlining the principles and applications of this they link their theories to value for the customer.

Womack and Jones demonstrate the effectiveness of their approach through their research in both the U.S. and Europe. Citing examples from both simple and complex manufacturing processes, and from traditional technologies to high-tech companies, they show how their theories have been put into action.

They develop their ideas further by suggesting the application of lean thinking to the whole product cycle, from suppliers to customers. Taking the travel industry as an example, the authors show how their methods could eliminate long queues and waiting times for customers.

Based on the belief that companies should compete against perfection rather than each other, Lean Thinking provides a valuable new insight into methods of production management. And by applying the theories outlined in this book, managers across all sectors of the economy will be able to reduce waste and increase profitability. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Fortune" A new and coherent thesis about automotive production...[the authors] back up their conclusions with unique statistical measures that are authoritative, extremely timely, and highly revealing. Think of this book as another step in the decade-long process of getting the attention of recalcitrant mass producers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 May 2004
Format: Hardcover
Unlike most cost-reduction books, Lean Thinking has a strong conceptual underpinning for thinking about improving your operations. The authors move beyond the narrowest application of the lean manufacturing model (the original Toyota system) to explore key concepts like value (what do the customers want? as opposed to what do they choose from the limited options we give them?), flow (continuous production is faster and more efficient than batch processing), pull (letting immediate demand determine what is produced rather than sales projections), and perfection (thinking through the ideal way to do things, rather than just improving from where you are today somewhat). Providing this conceptual framework makes it easier to understand the benefits of operating a lean enterprise. People who did not understand the message in Direct from Dell would find Lean Thinking to be a useful framework.
One of the strengths of this book is that it is deliberately full of examples of companies which took traditional methods in existing plants and converted them into lean operations. I know of no other set of case histories half as useful on this subject.
The key limitation of this book is that most people new to lean manufacturing would not be able to implement solely using the book as a guide. The conceptual perspective, while being uniquely valuable, leaves the inexperienced person with few guideposts. Some of the key requirements are simply described as "get the knowledge" and so forth. As a follow-up, I suggest that the authors team with those who have done this work and write a hands-on guide. Much more benefit will follow.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gerry O'Neill on 1 Oct. 2002
Format: Paperback
It is now nearly three years since I first read this book and it's message is as valid today as it was then.
In an easy to read style it sets out the steps taken by different people as they first faced a looming crisis and then journeyed down the road to Lean and reaped the success that was achieved by their hard work.

For any manager or improvement agent it is an excellent introduction as it tells the stories of several companies from different industries and dispells some of the myths of Lean.
For me it has been an inspiration as I now work educating and helping companies implement Lean as described in this book.
One thing is certainly true, survival is optional, and as this book shows with Porsche, a big name and fantastic quality are no defence if you can't keep your costs down. Lean methods saved them and it can do the same for your company, you need to be convinced? Read Lean Thinking, I still dip into it on a regular basis!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Feb. 2000
Format: Paperback
An excellent book to follow on The Machine That Changed The World, this concentrated on the stories of some very different businesses and how they used the 'Lean' manufacturing principles to improve the way they do business. The stories of these companies served to illlustrate how Mass production is not the answer to the modern customer driven business. The way forward for the manager of the future is to embrace the concepts of lean, reduction of waste, produce what the customer wants, when he wants it and at a reasonable cost whilst making a profit. This book illustrates how to achieve these things and more, but for the manager a change in mindset is shown as the major stumblng block to success. If there is one message from this book for the Western industrial world it is the dire warning that those who do not change will be left behind. I was inspired by this book, you will be too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By pje17@hotmail.com on 1 Mar. 2000
Format: Paperback
An extremely interesting and thought provoking introduction to the principles underlying lean manufacturing (and the Toyota Production System). The authors build on the concepts outlined in The Machine That Changed The World, but this is not simply a rehashing of previous ideas. The authors move away from Machine's heavy focus on benchmarking and the motor industry and illustrate the successful use of lean thinking in a variety of manufacturing situations. Although the book focuses far more on the practical implementation of lean thinking than Machine, it does so at quite a high level, using case study illustrations rather than providing a 'how to' guide. Lean Thinking's value lies in challenging accepted mass production thinking and introducing the reader to new, thought provoking principles and approaches. On this basis, it is a superior work to Machine and one that I'd recommend to anyone interested in manufacturing, production or operations management.
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The 27th July 1994 was a momentous day for Porsche. For the first time a Porsche Carrera rolled off the production line without a single defect. That's right, a perfect Porsche.

Knowing Porsche (and German engineering) it's rather amazing to think that they would make anything except a perfect car, but for many years the Porsche production line was in a mess. This is just one of many real-world examples that are covered in this easy to read book that also include the making of car bumpers and jet engines.

Womack and Jones take the reader on a great journey from the origins of lean through to the many applications and successes that lean has achieved. Unlike many management technique books, this one does point out the real pitfalls and even shows where it's gone badly wrong.

The book drives home the need to specify the value you're trying to deliver, identifying value streams, mapping flow, using pull not push and aiming for perfection.

The book contains so many great case studies showing the before and after affect of applying lean. The book also contains numerous diagrams which show layouts of parts stores, flow of materials, layout of factories and so on.

This is an exceptionally practical book; one which gets right down to the nitty-gritty of lean and omits much of the high-brow management-speak that is often found in publications of this type. This is a great book if (like me) you're new to lean and want a really good view of what it's all about. Well recommended.
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