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Lean Thinking: Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  3,700 Ratings  ·  72 Reviews
Expanded, updated, and more relevant than ever, this bestselling business classic by two internationally renowned management analysts describes a business system for the twenty-first century that supersedes the mass production system of Ford, the financial control system of Sloan, and the strategic system of Welch and GE. It is based on the Toyota (lean) model, which combi ...more
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Published November 23rd 2010 by Free Press (first published September 1996)
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Steven Peterson
Aug 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lean is a specific management technique to make an organization more efficient (and a private sector company more profitable). This book is a well written introduction to the subject. The authors, James Womack and Daniel Jones, provide lots of examples to illustrate their basic points. Thus, this is a very useful introduction to the subject, for those of us who are not experts on this matter.

To start at the beginning. . . . The enemy is "Muda," a Japanese word that means "waste," in all of its
Caroline Gordon
So glad I finally got onto reading some classic 'lean' texts. Much of the Agile literature talks about lean and what Toyota achieved, so reading this is going to fill out my understanding of the origins of the ideas. It's hard to believe how exactly the description of 'pre-lean' manufacturing in the 60s describes the current state of the IT industry. The waste involved in functional silos, queueing and batching, lack of visibility of the value stream. Music to my ears!
Yet another 5 star rating,
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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It is based on the Toyota (lean) model, which combines operational excellence with value-based strategies to produce steady growth through a wide range of economic conditions. This had been on my "to read" list for a long time. In retrospect, it was a waste to go back to a book on business originally written in 1996. Too much time has passed.
Angie McCain Crees
Most of the book was how to evaluate and implement Lean in a factory type setting. The process of and result from using a factory setting provides clear results and is statistically easier to measure the results. I would have liked more examples of lean processes in an environment that is more difficult to statistically measure before and after lean implementation. Still, it is a good book if you are interested in understanding what Lean is and how Lean might be useful in your business.
Nov 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though this is a pivotal book on lean thinking, I found chapter 2 a really heavy read. We get several study cases on companies that improved processes dramatically through lean thinking but, do we really need to understand everything that was wrong with such processes when so little about how these were improved is deployed? I kept costantly thinking, I get it, they eliminated all those muda but who? when? how much it costed? what was done first? However, if you are able to go past this chapter, ...more
Bill Shavce
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a follow-on to "The Machine that Changed the World." It provides several case studies of corporations that transitioned from mass production methods to lean production. In these cases, the companies demonstrated success in challenging economic environments. The authors also lay out an action plan that can help corporations transition to lean production.
Jul 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good business book I guess. The general plot is remove waste and unneeded steps in delivering your product to the consumer. If there are areas where the product or consumer is sitting their waiting you might have an area that could be improved.
Mike Thelen
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another of the early books. Really focused on tools, perhaps why it took so long for outsiders to figure out TPS was more about beliefs, culture and respect.

Still, an early insight to TPS, and a pioneer in that sense.
Niels Bergervoet
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gives a good basic understanding of Lean thinking, and is really convincing why it is a good ideology to adopt in organizations.
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