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5.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing spin through Harley-Davidson's production cycle, 4 Oct 2010
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Rolf Dobelli "getAbstract" (Switzerland) - See all my reviews
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The Harley-Davidson Motor Company revels in the marketing image it has crafted and maintained for more than a century. Mere mention of the motorcycle giant conjures up visions of tattooed, muscle-bound renegades blazing an intimidating trail on the nation's highways. Harley's corporate environment exists in stark contrast to this image. Their staff features progressive, astute individuals who enjoy a stellar reputation for innovative business practices. Author Dantar P. Oosterwal, Harley's former director of product development, is eminently qualified to critique the organization's operation. To his credit, Oosterwal resists engaging in self-congratulatory back-slapping. Instead, he presents a backstage tour of Harley-Davidson, expounding on its philosophies, procedures and problem-solving methods. Oosterwal, who earned a master's degree in management at MIT, focuses on business theories and dynamics, not personalities. While the book is not necessarily geared toward novice professionals, getAbstract nevertheless believes that Oosterwal's mantra should resonate loudly within corporations everywhere: Practice innovation and emphasize quality - or risk extinction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anyone developing products should read this, 5 Feb 2014
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One of the best books I've read and if your interested in improving product development or in Lean techniques there isn't a better or a more engaging introduction.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Readable Introduction to Lean Product Development, 22 Mar 2012
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Mr. Ross Maynard (Glasgow, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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"The Lean Machine" provides a very accessible introduction to the topic of lean product development told as a narrative about the evolution of such processes at Harley Davidson. The author has an easy, chatty, style and this is a good introduction. However, sometimes it is a little too chatty and it lacks the "how to" specifics that you would want to implement lean product development in your business - "Mastering Lean Product Development" may be that book (though that lacks anything on Oobeya which this book is strong on). A good overview.
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