Going Lean

Going Lean

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Going Lean sets aside the notion that efficient operations and powerful innovations are only possible when business is steady and demand is growing. Instead, companies must learn that sudden shifts or unpredictable conditions need not undermine their results. Led by a new breed of companies a€“Toyota, Wal-Mart, and Southwest Airlinesa€”a powerful, yet unexpected mindset is reshaping the rules for business competitiveness. By using Lean Dynamics TMa€”based on the now-famous Toyota Production Systema€”companies everywhere can thrive in virtually any environment. In Going Lean, readers will learn how to: a€c become broadly effective in creating and sustaining value a€c set a critical foundation for achieving sustained excellence a€c identify sources of lag and create robust value streams that thrive in todaya€™s dynamic conditions a€c describe the underlying techniques to maintain steady and predictable flow a€c create a system based on a€œpull, a€ or external demand that consistently introduces new innovation even during severe downturns a€c strive for perfection a€c deliver industry-leading returnsIt further states, a€œThese days Toyota is increasingly using computer systems for scheduling. ... then use manual cues like cards or white boards to visually control the process. ... The U.S. General Accounting Office cited an example of such an item, praising key attributes of a system whose creation was led by the author toanbsp;...

Title:Going Lean
Author: Stephen A. Ruffa
Publisher:AMACOM Div American Mgmt Assn - 2008-06-30

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