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Lean For Dummies

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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, how ...more
Paperback, 362 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by For Dummies
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Feb 05, 2010 Daniel rated it it was ok
Shelves: work
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
Mar 02, 2013 Anne Ramsey rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jul 31, 2008 Wendy rated it liked it
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.
Neil Anderson
Jan 19, 2016 Neil Anderson rated it really liked it
Reasonably good introduction to Lean. Could've been better if it spent a bit more time on the harder concepts like value stream mapping or provided good references to other places with deeper discussion of it.
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
Jan 23, 2013 Du rated it liked it
Shelves: management
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.
Lee Bawanan
Dec 16, 2012 Lee Bawanan rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 20, 2012 Sean rated it really liked it
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.
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To be fair I got made redundant about 3 days after being asked to work in the implementation so...,
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Waiting for Dr Eric to finish it so that i can borrow it! So excited to dig in. :)
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Shelves: business
not one of the best in the '... for dummies' series, but still a good reference book.
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