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3.44 of 5 stars 3.44  ·  rating details  ·  70 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Have you thought about using Lean in your business or organization, but are not really sure how to implement it? Or perhaps you're already using Lean, but you need to get up to speed. "Lean for Dummies" will show you how to do more with less and create an enterprise that embraces change.In plain-English writing, this friendly guide explores the general overview of Lean, ho ...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published February 25th 2011 by For Dummies (first published March 1st 2007)
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This was a readable description of lean in general. it provided good insight on the tools of Lean and its philosophy of reducing waste, respect for people, continuous (small) improvements (kaisen).

It did try over and over again to say that Lean applies to more than just manufacturing where it started by Toyota. However, all its examples were around manufacturing and its key pillars (e.g. just in time) is heavy on the manufacturing side. I wish it had more insight on how to apply Lean to services
Anne Ramsey
Recently I used this book to prepare for a presentation at work that addressed the value of standards. The thing I really love about this book is that Natalie brings in how the culture of your organization is the real key to sustaining the results your company will gain by implementing Lean principles. This book is so easy to read and apply! And apply to anything you are doing. I also find it helpful to use the process when I start a new endeavor. A great read for anyone! Even the experts will l ...more
Jul 31, 2008 Wendy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those about to dip a toe into a Kaizen Event
Recommended to Wendy by: Boss C
Shelves: non-fiction
I started reading this book because I thought I might get a chance to work on some Lean stuff at my job. But that seems to have fallen by the wayside, so I didn't actually finish it. And honestly, of all the Dummies books in my possession, I think I prefer the "Italian for Dummies". You know, being as it's related to things I enjoy: food, coffee, travel, and languages. Yes.

Oh, but as an intro to Lean and its concepts? I can highly recommend at least the first four chapters.
Have you thought about using Lean in your business or organization, but are not really sure how to implement it? Or perhaps you’re already using Lean, but you need to get up to speed. Lean for Dummies will show you how to do more with less and create an e
This is a good introduction and overview on the lean style of management, cutting out waste and looking for ways to improve customer value.

I want the next step, but this was a good foundation, or refresher on the basics.
Good introduction to Lean Thinking, It goes over all the inportant elements and has enough depth to interest those who have previous familairity with the field.
Lee Bawanan
Anyone looking into Lean should get this book. Bring a pillow, as interesting as the concepts are, I've fell asleep reading this bad boy many times.
To be fair I got made redundant about 3 days after being asked to work in the implementation so...,
Andy Robertson
not one of the best in the '... for dummies' series, but still a good reference book.
Apr 25, 2010 Emily marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Waiting for Dr Eric to finish it so that i can borrow it! So excited to dig in. :)
Good reference to get up-to-speed on lean concepts.
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