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Going Lean: How the Best Companies Apply Lean Manufacturing Principles to Shatter Uncertainty, Drive Innovation, and Maximize Profits

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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 -Toyota, Wal-Mart, and Southwest Airlines--a powerful, yet unexpected mindset is re ...more
Hardcover, 263 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by AMACOM/American Management Association (first published 2008)
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Bob Wallner
Jan 20, 2015 Bob Wallner rated it really liked it
Shelves: lean, leadership, audible
I really was off put by the title "Going Lean" and held of listening to the audio version. Too many times I hear expressions like this this (make us lean is another similar phrase) and it generally shows a misunderstanding of lean principles. I was pleasantly surprised that this book was not about flipping a switch and suddenly you "go lean".

Going lean is actually one of the better Management Level books I have read (listened to) on how to drive the lean philosophy (referred to as Lean Dynamics)
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Sep 01, 2009 E rated it really liked it
How to use lean dynamics to thrive in chaotic conditions

People and organizations too often find that the very things they did to prepare for emergencies end up making their problems worse. Stephen A. Ruffa shows you how to use the “lean dynamics” approach to track “lag” within your operations and eliminate it before it harms your competitiveness and makes you less adaptable in a crisis. He explains how to determine where lag is hiding and how to root it out. He offers a solid plan for launching
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Michael Pelletier
Jul 03, 2013 Michael Pelletier rated it really liked it
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Great overview of what going LEAN means to an organization both in terms of culture change and mechanisms. It does mention the notion of increased business Velocity as the sign of a successful LEAN implementation rather than lower COGS. Worth a read.
Ltorrealba
Mar 23, 2015 Ltorrealba rated it it was ok
I thought this book was boring and repetitive. I may be too harsh on it since it didn't turn out to be on the topic I hoped it was.
Anthony Cheng
Jul 31, 2012 Anthony Cheng rated it liked it
Going Lean is a good business book that could have been great, except the author never drills down into the specifics of how to implement Lean into an organization.
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