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All I Need To Know About Manufacturing I Learned In Joe's Garage: World Class Manufacturing Made Simple

All I Need To Know About Manufacturing I Learned In Joe's Garage: World Class Manufacturing Made Simple [Kindle Edition]

William B. Miller , Vicki L. Schenk
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ALL I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MANUFACTURING I LEARNED IN JOE'S GARAGE explains basic principles of customer focused, high quality, low cost, on-time business management. This international bestseller is endorsed by reviewers from Business Week and other publications, and by numerous business and educational leaders.

ALL I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MANUFACTURING I LEARNED IN JOE'S GARAGE: World Class Manufacturing Made Simple is used by thousands of companies, large and small throughout the world, to improve profitability, performance, and employee satisfaction. The book uses a lighthearted short story that explains in easily understandable terms the concepts and techniques of 21st-century business management. It illustrates clearly how to forge a strategy for the future that will lead to outstanding personal and professional achievement.

...JOE'S GARAGE is a classic teaching fable valuable in all business functions. It is essential reading for anybody who wishes to understand how to succeed in today’s environment of increasingly tough global competition. An annotated reading list and comprehensive glossary are provided.

ALL I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MANUFACTURING I LEARNED IN JOE'S GARAGE: World Class Manufacturing Made Simple is simply the best, and most cost-effective, roadmap for attainment of world class results. Download a FREE SAMPLE of ...JOE’S GARAGE to judge the book for yourself and see specific comments from business leaders, educators, and media reviewers.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 339 KB
  • Print Length: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Bayrock Press (1 Mar 1994)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008WA9Q50
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #491,261 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great and refreshing lesson on manufacturing 11 Sep 2000
This book is a must for everybody engaged in manufacturing. It describes in a very refreshing and entertaining way how and why planning in manufacturing rarely reflects what is going to happen in reality. It is the story of an employee, together with others, helping his boss building shelfs for his garage. The boss has it all planned nicely and uses the good old way to get the job done. Of corse things go wrong and the plan didn't allow for that. Read what happens.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great easy read 2 Jan 2014
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Great inotrduction to the subject, hgave required all of my team to read it. have now also downloaded others in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great little book 18 Dec 2012
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essential read for all who are serious about manufacturing, I hope i get it back in the near future !!!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential read for everybody 5 Aug 2000
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Our company originally bought this book because it was endorsed by Bob Lutz (one of the top business executives in the country), a Business Week writer, and numerous other leaders. We have since bought the book in large quantities because it is the best explanation of how to run a business.
The book explains how to do things simply, with high quality, utilizing effective methods that prevent mistakes. It shows how to get people involved with their own work. It shows how to keep costs (direct costs and indirect costs, such as inventory) low. And it shows how to do things RAPIDLY. Time is money.
The book also has a fantastic glossary and reading list for people who wish to go further in their education. It is a great book. It can change your life, or at least your work life.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This book reveals some of the potential of WCM techniques. 7 Mar 1998
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Although the title suggests a 'how to' approach to WCM, this 'how NOT to' is a fast read which opens the door (and possibly minds) to the prospect that mass and batch production methods have inherent flaws.
This work is well written and progresses quickly into an interesting scenario anyone working in manufacturing can identify with. Contemporary relationships between departments, workers, and managers are clearly articulated and are accurately described. Management, production control and material management functions are described in great detail, and reflect current operating practices in many organizations, both large and small.
The story is told from the perspective of a Manufacturing Engineer (Sandy) from the fictional Garrett Gear Company, and chronicles efforts to build a set of garage shelves using traditional batch manufacturing techniques. The work team is comprised of volunteers from Garrett Gear and others recruited by 'Joe' (VP of Manufacturing at Garrett). This is also the story of how Sandy is introduced to WCM techniques, aided by his neighbor and counterpart, Ralph Morita of Yamachi Gear (a competitor to Garrett).
This book will have a varying value to readers, depending on their background and position in their organization. There is nothing to be gained by senior or middle management, while first line supervisors may be able to decipher the "how NOT to's" and translate them into "how to's". Both supervisors and shop floor workers can benefit by relating to situations presented and recognizing wastes introduced BY the manufacturing process.
While the book is quick to point out flaws in current mass/batch production techniques, it comes up short in terms of solid solutions that can be implemented by supervisors or workers. The work contains several logical flaws, including comparing the industrial manufacturing environment to a home project, which may be akin to comparing capital costing in terms of a household budget. Others include stabs at unions, traditional production measurements, quality personnel, specific management structures, etc...
The book espouses several 'lean production' techniques, which will be useful to any reader. It contains many simple and easy-to-remember phrases that can be used as idea 'seeds' on the shop floor. The glossary is an EXCELLENT reference which I recommend highly.
In short, I recommend the book for shop floor personnel and first line leaders, but not for the purpose for which it was intended. I recommend the book as part of the cultural change process, which is a precursor to (or perhaps parallels) any WCM/Lean Manufacturing effort. This book will open minds to possibilities that may not have been previously explored in traditionally structured organizations, and may be used best in conjunction with The Day I Learned About Quality in Joe's Garage: High Quality Made Simple, and Manufacturing Beyond Joe's Garage: Value Based Manufacturing (both works by Wm. B. Miller, not yet available).
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an essential component of management education 3 Sep 1999
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The electronics industry requires rapid product development, quick turnaround on orders, low inventory and manufacturing costs, and high quality to satisfy customers in the face of cut-throat competition. This book has become our standard tool for building united enthusiatic teams at our company. It is easy to understand, and it conveys all the important strategies and tactics of world class manufacturing. As the president of Dolby says, it is must reading for anybody manufacturing anything. It has made the difference in our company's success, and for the motivation and financial rewards for our employees.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent explanation in simple terms of a complex subject. 31 July 1999
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This book is a good short story as well as a great description of how to produce a product in the best way - better, faster, cheaper as the saying goes. Unlike many management books these days, it is not about computer systems. It is actually about management strategy, i.e. how to run the business, and how to communicate that in a way that everybody in a business will understand and buy into. The book also shows how to deploy the strategies into specific world class manufacturing techniques. It has complete, and clear, descriptions of all key world class management tactics. Anybody designing, making, or delivering a product ought to read this book to see how to do the job in the best way.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best business book I have read 28 April 2001
By Lori Donnelly - Published on
I recently have used this book as part of the "lean production" implementation in our company. (We are a supplier of steel and other metal products to many industries, including automotive and aerospace.) The book was very helpful in clearly describing how to do things like eliminate errors, reduce inventory, and reduce cycle time. It is easy to see how this book has been recommended by so many top people like Bob Lutz and the Boeing Company. It is a great way to learn how to do things better. The business world - and our industry - is becoming more competitive every day, and we have really appreciated a tool like this book to help us improve.
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