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Lean Production Simplified, Second Edition: A Plain-Language Guide to the World's Most Powerful Production System Paperback – 2 Mar 2007

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About the Author

Pascal Dennis, P.Eng, M.Eng., is a professional engineer, author, and president of Lean Pathways, an international consultancy. Pascal developed his skills on the Toyota shop floor in North America and Japan and by working with major international companies.

Winner of four Shingo Prizes for Excellence, Pascal has supported breakthrough improvement in healthcare, software development, financial services, construction, and the consumer goods and process industries. The focus of his practice is strategic planning and execution, executive coaching, and growing intellectual capital.


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"Lean Production Simplified" is essential reading for anyone new to lean. With a wonderfully clear writing style Pascal Dennis gives an overview of the structure and tools of lean including an excellent short history. Dennis clearly explains the concepts and philosophy of lean - though this is not a "how-to" book and does not give detailed methods for the tools. The book is an excellent introduction to lean. For example, I found its 20 pages on Hoshin planning explained the process better than any other work I've read.

You can tell when an author really understands the lean process - they emphasise the importance of behavioural and cultural aspects of lean and recognise that these are at least as important as the tools. Dennis's chapters on involvement and lean culture are excellent. He clearly lives the lean philosophy. "Lean Production Simplified" is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand lean.
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Although the author has a nice writing style and he makes it fun with bits about his personal experiences and his father's restaurant, this edition (2nd) is filled with poorly written paragraphs that do more to confuse than enlighten. Paragraphs seem out of order and typo's are distracting. I recommend the Toyota Way Fieldbook by Jeff Liker if you want an introduction to lean production.
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Print and paper quality is not the best, but if you want the contents in the cheapest possible way, this is the edition to buy.
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Very good. Everything was as expected.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa0037258) out of 5 stars 39 reviews
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0086024) out of 5 stars Best Lean Book for Breadth of Knowledge 27 Aug. 2008
By Mike - Published on Amazon.com
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I've read many of the more popular lean books (see our other reviews), and have been doing lean full-time since 2000. In my view this book has the best, most complete field of view of them all, touching on several concepts that get no attention in any other lean overview text. It should be noted that as far a depth goes however, the name says it all... Lean Production Simplified.

Pro:
-Shingo prize winner
-Brief yet complete coverage of lean topics
-Coverage of several topics not found elsewhere, including the much ignored hoshin kanri
-Decent chapter summaries, ample examples and figures

Con:
-I guess about the worst you can say is there's too many misspellings for a 2nd edition.
-Perhaps too many sentences that start with, "At Toyota" which create some repetitive reading.

Bottom line: Highly recommended for exposure to the basics.
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fec7480) out of 5 stars Not Worth the Time 8 Sept. 2009
By Improvement Fanatic - Published on Amazon.com
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While this book does briefly touch on most of the topics related to Lean I found it to be a very poor resource. The writing is disconnected due to the many references to other sources on the topic and the examples used are some of the worst I've seen (such as, a mom & pop restaurant and the Detroit Red Wings... I thought this was Lean "Production" Simplified).

This book is recommended reading for the SMEs Bronze Lean certification, but for anyone purchasing this book for that reason I'd recommend skipping it. There are far better books that cover the same information and if you have any experience with lean concepts the poor presentation of information and examples in this book will drive you nuts.

While it did receive the Shingo Prize I'm convinced it is because it regurgitates the tried-and-true concepts of Lean.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fec73cc) out of 5 stars As the title suggests, this is a simple overview of lean production, with both the positive and negative connotations therein. 14 Sept. 2014
By Evan Leybourn - Author of Directing the Agile Organisation - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this book when I was first learning about lean production. At the time I found it to be a great resource to understand many of the concepts and techniques that underpin this. As the title suggests, it is a simplified overview, and probably too simple for anyone who has move than a couple of years experience in lean production.
HASH(0x9fec7ee8) out of 5 stars Excellent overview of lean 27 Jan. 2008
By Mr. Ross Maynard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"Lean Production Simplified" is essential reading for anyone new to lean. With a wonderfully clear writing style Pascal Dennis gives an overview of the structure and tools of lean including an excellent short history. Dennis clearly explains the concepts and philosophy of lean - though this is not a "how-to" book and does not give detailed methods for the tools. The book is an excellent introduction to lean. For example, I found its 20 pages on Hoshin planning explained the process better than any other work I've read.

You can tell when an author really understands the lean process - they emphasise the importance of behavioural and cultural aspects of lean and recognise that these are at least as important as the tools. Dennis's chapters on involvement and lean culture are excellent. He clearly lives the lean philosophy. "Lean Production Simplified" is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand lean.
HASH(0x9feb3054) out of 5 stars The author tried so hard to make a boring topic interesting and I applaud him for that 30 Jun. 2016
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The author tried so hard to make a boring topic interesting and I applaud him for that. Things that would have been helpful would be the definition of the Japanese words he used to be present more than once and in the glossary (ie in parentheses next to the word would have been more helpful). As a beginner I felt that much of those references were lost on me if I didn't refer to the glossary for the definition constantly.
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