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VINE VOICEon 27 August 2006
This books explores the 12 philosophies of lean management as seen in the Toyota Production System. It is not a "how to" book - there are no methodologies for lean tools; rather the book explores lean principles and concepts in considerable detail (400 + pages) and how they can be applied in practice. To my mind the best elements of the book are the sections on problem solving and implementing lean. As a whole the book suffers from a dense style that makes it heavy going at times. The book also suffers from some gaps - insufficient space is given to how to achieve "flow" in an organisation with very variable demand. In addition, the book mentions the use of temporary staff to manage demand peaks but says nothing about how these people are recruited, trained, managed and involved in lean. The feeling is left that these are the "cannon fodder" of lean.

Overall this is probably essential reading for anyone involved in lean - but be ready for heavy going !.
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