Lean Thinking


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Lean Thinking was launched in the fall of 1996, just in time for the recession of 1997. It told the story of how American, European, and Japanese firms applied a simple set of principles called 'lean thinking' to survive the recession of 1991 and grow steadily in sales and profits through 1996. Even though the recession of 1997 never happened, companies were starving for information on how to make themselves leaner and more efficient. Now we are dealing with the recession of 2001 and the financial meltdown of 2002. So what happened to the exemplar firms profiled in Lean Thinking? In the new fully revised edition of this bestselling book those pioneering lean thinkers are brought up to date. Authors James Womack and Daniel Jones offer new guidelines for lean thinking firms and bring their groundbreaking practices to a brand new generation of companies that are looking to stay one step ahead of the competition.

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Author by James P. Womack
Genre eBook Business & Economics
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ISBN Number 9781471111006

Lean Thinking


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Expanded, updated, and more relevant than ever, this bestselling business classic by two internationally renowned management analysts describes a business system for the twenty-first century that supersedes the mass production system of Ford, the financial control system of Sloan, and the strategic system of Welch and GE. It is based on the Toyota (lean) model, which combines operational excellence with value-based strategies to produce steady growth through a wide range of economic conditions. In contrast with the crash-and-burn performance of companies trumpeted by business gurus in the 1990s, the firms profiled in Lean Thinking -- from tiny Lantech to midsized Wiremold to niche producer Porsche to gigantic Pratt & Whitney -- have kept on keeping on, largely unnoticed, along a steady upward path through the market turbulence and crushed dreams of the early twenty-first century. Meanwhile, the leader in lean thinking -- Toyota -- has set its sights on leadership of the global motor vehicle industry in this decade. Instead of constantly reinventing business models, lean thinkers go back to basics by asking what the customer really perceives as value. (It's often not at all what existing organizations and assets would suggest.) The next step is to line up value-creating activities for a specific product along a value stream while eliminating activities (usually the majority) that don't add value. Then the lean thinker creates a flow condition in which the design and the product advance smoothly and rapidly at the pull of the customer (rather than the push of the producer). Finally, as flow and pull are implemented, the lean thinker speeds up the cycle of improvement in pursuit of perfection. The first part of this book describes each of these concepts and makes them come alive with striking examples. Lean Thinking clearly demonstrates that these simple ideas can breathe new life into any company in any industry in any country. But most managers need guidance on how to make the lean leap in their firm. Part II provides a step-by-step action plan, based on in-depth studies of more than fifty lean companies in a wide range of industries across the world. Even those readers who believe they have embraced lean thinking will discover in Part III that another dramatic leap is possible by creating an extended lean enterprise for each of their product families that tightly links value-creating activities from raw materials to customer. In Part IV, an epilogue to the original edition, the story of lean thinking is brought up-to-date with an enhanced action plan based on the experiences of a range of lean firms since the original publication of Lean Thinking. Lean Thinking does not provide a new management "program" for the one-minute manager. Instead, it offers a new method of thinking, of being, and, above all, of doing for the serious long-term manager -- a method that is changing the world.

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Author by James P. Womack
Genre eBook Business & Economics
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ISBN Number 1439135959

Lean Thinking


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Lean Thinking : Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your CorporationBy James P. W

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Author by James P. James P. W
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ISBN Number 1548995673

Lean Thinking 1st Ed


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In the search for ever greater profits & efficiency, downsizing and re-engineering are inadequate. The authors maintain that Lean Thinking can improve a company through a series of simple ideas and a new concept of the meaning of value.

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Author by James P. Womack
Genre eBook Business & Economics
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ISBN Number UOM:39076001740542

Improving Production With Lean Thinking


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Unique coverage of manufacturing management techniques--completewith cases and real-world examples. Improving Production with Lean Thinking picks up where otherreferences on production processes leave off. It is increasinglyimportant to integrate and systematize lean thinking throughoutproduction/manufacturing and the supply chain because the market isbecoming more competitive, products are becoming more complex, andproduct life is getting shorter and shorter. With a practicalfocus, this book encompasses the science and analytical backgroundfor improving manufacturing, control, and design. It coversspecific methodologies and tools for: * Material flow and facilities layout, including a six step layoutdesign process * The design of cellular layouts * Analyzing and improving equipment efficiency, includingPoka-Yoke, motion study, maintenance, SMED, and more * Environmental improvements, including 5S implementation With real-life case studies of successful European and Americanapproaches to lean manufacturing, this reference is ideal forengineers, managers, and researchers in manufacturing andproduction facilities as well as students. It bridges the gapbetween production/manufacturing and supply chain techniques andprovides a detailed roadmap to improved factory performance.

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Author by Javier Santos
Genre eBook Technology & Engineering
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ISBN Number 9781119120261

Oem Principles Of Lean Thinking


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This is the revised, Second Edition of the companion text of the Principles of Lean Thinking online course by the Lean Leadership Institute. www.Lean101.ca What exactly does this course teach people? Lean 101 teaches Lean Principles for people in all areas of businesses, the 5 Principles of Lean Thinking originate from the Toyota Production System. How long is the course? The course is about 5 hours in length and can be done on any computer, at any time, and any where. My company is in a specific industry such as engineering. How is this course relevant or useful for that segment of the workforce? This course will identify with your customers current challenges in business. It begins with a review of what your business practices are currently and then it asks that you identify WASTEFUL activities in your position. About 95% of all workplace activities will be considered WASTE from a customer's perspective. YES, 95%. This recognition empowers and teaches the student practical processes and improvements for positive change. How advanced is the course? The "101" suggests it is a basic intro to the principles of lean manufacturing, but how does it go a step further than what someone could find in Wikipedia or on the Lean 101 website? This course uses real life situations. By looking at real people describe their real workplace dilemma; this lean training assists the student with the ability to recognize how similar their workplace situation is to the example provided in this course.

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Author by George Trachilis
Genre eBook Business & Economics
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ISBN Number 1497333458

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Framework For Lean Thinking Approach To Healthcare Organizations


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Lean techniques are tools that reduce waste in the process and create value for the end-customer. Initially, the concept of lean thinking started in manufacturing, but with the tremendous advantages it offers in terms of value creation for the customer, defect reduction, increase of profits for corporations, it has been recognized as an important tool across a wide spectrum of industries. Although Healthcare industry has started applying these techniques, there is very little work published on how to apply these techniques to this particular industry. In this study, a framework for applying lean thinking to healthcare industries is presented. The framework depicts a systematic methodology for identifying value streams. The framework was developed specifically for the healthcare industry, but it can be applied to service industry in general. A case study is presented on how to apply this framework. Value stream mapping has been conducted at a clinic to identify areas of improvement. The components of the developed framework have been used to define a future state of process based on input from process owners, nurses, physicians, and patient surveys. The study has identified factors that influence the success of implementation of lean techniques in healthcare. Also the potential for future work has been identified.

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Author by Tarani Kanth Kamma
Genre eBook Health facilities
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ISBN Number OCLC:731044755

Lean Thinking For Healthcare


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A growing, aging population; the rise to epidemic proportions of various chronic diseases; competing, often overlapping medical technologies; and of course, skyrocketing costs compounded by waste and inefficiency - these are just a few of the multifarious challenges currently facing healthcare delivery. An unexpected source of solutions is being imported from the manufacturing sector: lean thinking. Lean Principles for Healthcare presents a conceptual framework, management principles, and practical tools for professionals tasked with designing and implementing modern, streamlined healthcare systems or overhauling faulty ones. Focusing on core components such as knowledge management, e-health, patient-centeredness, and collaborative care, chapters illustrate lean concepts in action across specialties (as diverse as nursing, urology, and emergency care) and around the globe. Extended case examples show health systems responding to consumer needs and provider realities with equal efficiency and effectiveness, and improved quality and patient outcomes. Further, contributors tackle the gamut of technological, medical, cultural, and business issues, among them: Initiatives of service-oriented architecture towards performance improvement Adapted lean thinking for emergency departments Lean thinking in dementia care through smart assistive technology Supporting preventive healthcare with persuasive services Value stream mapping for lean healthcare A technology mediated solution to reduce healthcare disparities Geared toward both how lean ideas can be carried out and how they are being used successfully in the real world, Lean Principles for Healthcare not only brings expert knowledge to healthcare managers and health services researchers but to all who have an interest in superior healthcare delivery.

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Author by Nilmini Wickramasinghe
Genre eBook Medical
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ISBN Number 9781461480365

Lean Enterprise


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Inside this guidebook, we will take some time to explore everything that you need to know about the world of Lean and Lean Enterprise. We will look at how the process of Lean will work, all the steps that we can take to make sure we get the full benefits, and even how we can add in a few other processes, like Kanban, the 5S method, and Six Sigma to make sure we see the best results out of all this. There is so much to love when it comes to Lean Enterprise, and we will work on as many of those parts as we can in this guidebook. Some of the great topics we will spend some time on include: What Lean Enterprise is all about and how this can help provide some great benefits to your business. A look at the cycle of Lean and why this is a great process for you to work with. How to set SMART goals that will help you to reach all of your goals in this process. Some of the common wastes that show up in Lean and how you can take care of them. What the 5S method is about and how this can add more organization into your business while helping you and your employees be more efficient in the long run. A look at the Kanban system, how it can be used in manufacturing and other business endeavors, and how we can use it. What Six Sigma is all about and why this is one of the best methods you can use to see some great results when combined with Lean as well. As we can see, there are a lot of parts that can come together to make Lean and Lean Enterprise one of the best solutions for your whole business. And it won't take long before you can start to see just how beneficial this will be for your needs. When you are ready to learn more about Lean Enterprise and all of the neat tools that come with it, make sure to check out this guidebook to get started. Even though it is a basic process, it will ensure that we can cut down on waste, save money, and can help your customers still get the best product that they can from you. Lean is the best option to make sure that all of this can happen at the same time. If you are ready to learn more about how the Lean methodology can work for your enterprise, and some of the other aspects that come with making this the best choice, make sure to check out this guidebook to help you get started. Why wait? Get started today!

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Author by Ash Klein
Genre eBook Business & Economics
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ISBN Number 1087888476