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Lean for Dummies

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  111 Ratings  ·  12 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, how ...more
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Published February 25th 2011 by For Dummies (first published March 1st 2007)
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Daniel
Mar 09, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Anne Ramsey
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Wendy
May 31, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  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.
Neil Anderson
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Daniel
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
Du
Jan 23, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Andy Robertson
not one of the best in the '... for dummies' series, but still a good reference book.
Mark
Jul 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good reference to get up-to-speed on lean concepts.
Lee Bawanan
Dec 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sean
Jan 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Donna
Jul 15, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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