Really like this book. Went into a business bookstore looking generally and came out with this. Being in the Supply chain, Planning and SAP ERP world, this jumps a notch higher than a lot of the detail I find myself in and links a lot of areas together. Much of it I have read before in more detailed books like Lean and Forecasting, but this dips its toes in a lot of areas, and seems to have little gems in each. The only thing I have found lacking so far, is a bit more of the financial side, but having recently read "the new supply chain agenda" by Slone, Dittmann and Mentzer, that book has already opened up the finance side, so I am happy with what is in this book. I have not read any other books with "operations" in the title, so possibly there are other good ones as well, but having read lots of supply chain and ERP books, this one for me adds a lot.
Gets you interested in the topic. "Being an operations manager is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world"
Levers to pull
I few insights that jumped out at me (I have only skim read bits of the book, and jumped in to the parts I am most interested in at the moment like scheduling.)
"There is a direct equivalence between work flow and cash flow". Sounds obvious now that I write it, but it felt new to me.
All the books have reasons to reduce inventory, but a few extra reasons to hold MORE inventory, like "to take advantage of prices before an announced or anticipated increase".
Great book if you happen to looking for an overview of operations that covers lots of areas with some seemingly smart ideas from someone who looks like he has been in the area for long enough to have picked up some gems.