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The industrial revolution, mechanization, water and steam power, computers, and automation have given an enormous boost to manufacturing productivity. "Faster, Better, Cheaper" in the History of Manufacturing shows how the ability to make products faster, better, and cheaper has evolved from the stone age to modern times. It explains how different developments over tim ...more
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Published August 24th 2016 by Productivity Press
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Jonatan Westholm
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: undervalued
Glad to have this book. The perspective is a good mix of technical, organizational, and social. There were things that were new to me in all time periods that the book covers, but the most interesting content is in 1700s-early 1900s.

One thing that I really missed was a deeper description/ analysis of the Wirtschaftswunder. The author was born in West Germany and has family history in industry and entrepreneurship, so I thought it was a given to focus on the West German economic miracle after th
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Ietrio
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: junk
Written in a very scholastic way, with many useless ornaments like long motto, yet low on information.
Ryan Thorpe
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a fantastic book and a unique one. One-part history textbook, , one part rather detailed technical analysis of how manufacturing has improved across human history, and one-part bar conversation over a beer with your brilliant friend who randomly goes off on a lot of fascinating tangents (did you know Eli Whitney was basically a fraud?!). It’s a tremendous achievement and a fun read!

The history is organized into four main sections:
1) basic manufacturing techniques get figured out in the
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Mario Sailer
May 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
The book depicts a good overview of the history of manufacturing. Sometimes it is seems to be better investigated, sometimes more sloppy. Although I found the approach quite compelling, I never would cross-reference to the book without further investigation because I am quite septic about some assertions that do not match what I know so far. And the first probes I did were not in favor for the book. So there are good hints but you have to cross-check everything.
A good resource seems to be the Do
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João Cortez
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book that describes the history of manufacturing from the stone age up until today. It delves not only in the inventions and technical progresses that made manufacturing advances, but also importantly, in the organization of work and the evolution of management. There is a visual timeline at the end of the book that displays how the pace of progress and evolution has accelerated throughout the existence of mankind and is quite impressive. I highly recommend this book.
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Christoph Roser is a professor of production management at the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences. He writes based on decades of experience in implementing, researching, and teaching lean manufacturing, including five years working at and researching for Toyota in Japan. Besides academic writing and his book Faster, Better, Cheaper in the History of Manufacturing he also has a popular blog o ...more

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