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The Birth of Lean
Koichi Shimokawa
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The Birth of Lean

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There are a lot of books that describe the Toyota Production System, but most do so in a way that implies that there was a master plan to create a company-wide improvement system. But as the pioneers in The Birth of Lean explain, there was no master planTPS came about through experimentation, trial and error, and an evolution of ideas that shaped Toyotas structure and ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Lean Enterprise Institute, Inc. (first published 2009)
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Jul 01, 2009 Brian rated it it was amazing
“The Birth Of Lean” published by the Lean Enterprise Institute is a terrific book. This book is for people who want to gain a deeper insight into the thinking and struggles Toyota went through to develop what we call Lean.

I have been on my Lean Journey for 1.5 years. This book was perfect for someone at my stage of learning. I do not think this is a good introduction to Lean but functions as a book to help get a deeper understanding of the topics. If Lean was a college course, this would be a
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May 14, 2016 Tim Nowotny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I really cannot understand why this book is not more popular.
In my opinion it relates to an aspect on lean management that is much too opaque in many of these books. The beginnings.
You learn a lot about the adversary and first steps along the way, the general principles that birthed the "Tools" afterwards and provides you with many anecdotes to share in your projects.
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