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The Toyota Way Fieldbook: A Practical Guide for Implementing Toyota's 4Ps
The Toyota Way Fieldbook: A Practical Guide for Implementing Toyota's 4Ps
by Jeffrey Liker
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.79

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended to understand lean principles., 19 Jun 2009
There are some books that are special. They make a real impact in your reflection. This is one! Well organized in the sequence to go through the 4 principles of Toyota Way. Easy to read. Facilitates comprehension and reflection on each lesson learned.
The authors have done an outstanding job to help general public, and specially business leaders and people working on the continuous improvement spirit, to learn not focusing on the tools - you always have guides and other materials to learn about each tool - but focusing on the SYSTEMIC vision of the lean paradigm.


Quick Changeover Simplified: The Manager's Guide to Improving Profits with SMED
Quick Changeover Simplified: The Manager's Guide to Improving Profits with SMED
by Fletcher Birmingham
Edition: Paperback
Price: £23.64

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars SMED for business leaders; not a book for the project manager., 15 Jun 2009
QUICK CHANGE OVER SIMPLIFIED
The Manager's Guide to Increasing Profits with SMED.
By Fletcher Birmingham and Jim Jelinek.

PRODUCTIVITY PRESS, New York, 2007

The book focuses mostly in selling you "how SMED gives your company a competitive edge". It provides business cases examples and lot of verbose references.
But, when I read what the authors consider the main reasons to embrace SMED program, they mention {process simplicity, product quality, throughput, inventory reduction, company competitiveness, save jobs}. To me, these advantages do not drive the reader to the KEY reasons for SMED. The ultimate reason is simple and powerful: promote FLOW. Everything else is WASTE.
Once the authors address the HOW to do SMED, they certainly mention the keys of the strategy, which possibly you will identify properly only if you are previously aware.
So, in a specific book about SMED I would have preferred it to be focused on the strategy {get foundations for SMED like 5S and job instructions, classify change operations in external / internal, sort them, implement first gains at this milestone, convert internal into external operations, and close the loop by task duration reduction methods...} I would also have liked more to see the tactics with more evident and educative examples to really LEARN the HOW TO rather been only given lot of advice and references of results in real cases, which maybe a nice complement but not the CORE of the message.
To sum up, this book will not represent a strong help for a project leader who is planning to learn the details on what and how to do SMED. It maybe of some interest for managers who want grasp what SMED is about, and what others have achieved by applying SMED.


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