Transforming frontline operations in a retail chain the size of Starbucks is a story in itself.
Steady Work goes further, investigating how lean thinking addressed huge demand fluctuation in a retail environment across thousands of stores, and then how baristas and managers in Newtown, Connecticut used that system to get them through the worst week imaginable. It is a deeply personal story with global relevance.
While lean has become essential for companies to compete in today’s global economy, most practitioners see it as a rigorous focus on process to produce higher quality goods and services—a limited understanding that fails to realize the true power of this approach.
- Managing to Learn: Using the A3 management process by John Shook
- Kaizen Express by Toshiko Narusawa and John Shook
- Learning to See by Mike Rother and John Shook
- Steady Work by Karen Gaudet
- Everything I Know About Lean I Learned in First Grade by Robert Martichenko
- Making Materials Flow by Rick Harris, Chris Harris, and Earl Wilson
- Value-Stream Mapping Workshop Participant Guide by Mike Rother and John Shook
- Creating Continuous Flow by Mike Rother and Rick Harris
- Gemba Walks, 2nd Edition by Jim Womack
- Perfecting Patient Journeys by Judy Worth, Tom Shuker, Beau Keyte, et al.
Getting Home is the inspiring story of how a nonprofit used lean principles to help rebuild homes for desperate survivors faster and wound up reconstructing the entire disaster recovery process.
The book also details an innovative, 9-step blueprint for how private industry, relief agencies, volunteers, and all levels of government can work together to dramatically shrink the time between when disasters hit and victims get home in a prompt, efficient, and predictable way.
Kaizen Express is a succinct but comprehensive back-to-basics book offers lean novices and veterans alike a comprehensive primer on lean principles and implementation that returns to fundamentals and stresses the importance of learning by doing at the individual and team levels.
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A unique book layout puts the thoughts of a lean manager struggling to apply the A3 process to a key project on one side of the page and the probing questions of the boss who is coaching him through the process on the other side. As a result, readers learn how to write a powerful A3—while learning why the technique is at the core of lean management and lean leadership.
In Four Types of Problems, continuous improvement expert and author Art Smalley shows you how to break the “hammer-and-nail” trap.
He demonstrates that most business problems fall into four main categories, each requiring different thought processes, improvement methods, and management cadences.
Author and CEO Jim Lancaster tells a practical and inspiring story on two levels. The Work of Management is a close-up, candid look at his personal transformation as a leader. It’s also a practical, in-depth, business case study of Lantech’s lean transformation, relapse, and comeback that American manufacturing – and other industries — can use to profitably transform themselves.
This groundbreaking workbook, which has introduced the value-stream mapping tool to thousands of people around the world, breaks down the important concepts of value-stream mapping into an easily grasped format.
Value-stream maps are the blueprints for lean transformations and Learning to See is an easy-to-read, step-by-step instruction manual that teaches this valuable tool to anyone, regardless of his or her background.
The next step is to shift your focus from the plant to the process level by zeroing in on the pacemaker process, which sets the production rhythm for the plant or value stream, and apply the principles of continuous flow.
Creating Level Pull shows you how to advance a lean manufacturing transformation from a focus on isolated improvements to improving the entire plantwide production system by implementing a lean production control system.
This workbook walks you through the implementation process using a clear question-and-answer format, supported by diagrams, value-stream maps, and all the key formulas. Using a realistic example facility, you see how to make the transition to a robust pull system.