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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (April 3 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118117565
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118117569
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 18.7 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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An easy read that will change your mindset for the better, leading to a safer and more efficient workspace.

A very good introduction that, I'd argue, every employee and manager should read.
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well edited and full hands on information. No fully more comparable with the similar books I read before, recommended. I am in business practice in that field.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Good explanation of lean principles July 20 2012
By Rand Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been involved in manufacturing for most of my career, and while it sometimes seems like lean concepts are intuitive and have been around forever, that is not always the case. My current employer has embarked on a big lean program and this book is something that provides an easy to read and understand explanation of the concepts. It would be well suited for anyone from production employees and supervisors to department managers who find themselves needing to understand a new way of thinking.

Don't be put off by the "dummies" nomenclature; this book provides a good overview of all the concepts and ties them together well.
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Great Information...But May 26 2012
By caffeinebrain - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a great introduction to Lean processes. However it does not address the wider issues of integration with business systems. Also, there is no mention about the difficulty many Lean implementations have faced and the failures that have resulted thereof.
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Lean for Dummies Key Points Aug. 12 2012
By Kirk J. Gould - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has the courage to confront the corporate world head on. Lean techniques are taught in many books and by many consulting companies, but Lean for Dummies expresses the importance of establishing a culture of continuous improvement. It takes courage to recommend these foundations and even more courage to do it in a company, but the results are astounding.

A lot of businesses are being run by cost cutting these days. Lean requires employee engagement. A lot of businesses are creating distance between top management and front line staff. Lean requires management and front line coming together.

Lean is not just about respect, it is also about hope. Lean for Dummies provides a firehose of information to act upon. Years of implementation techniques and concepts are contained in the book. Applying even a few of them will bring great results.

Read this book to begin or reinforce your Lean journey.
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Introduction to Lean..... May 17 2012
By ~purplemoon~ - Published on Amazon.com
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As a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, I introduced this book as an entry level, problem solving course at work and found it to be helpful. This book successfully explains, in clear and simple terms, the fundamental aspects of applying Lean techniques including understanding flow and the value stream, the eight wastes, and introduces the concepts of Kaizen for rapid process improvement. I feel that people who are just starting to learn Lean concepts, or who want a good overview of how Lean can transform an organization, would benefit from this book.
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Physician, Heal Thyself June 28 2012
By Andy in Washington - Published on Amazon.com
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Leaving aside the question of whether LEAN is the answer to the world's problems, or just the next management fad, my opinion of this book is heavily dependent upon what I think it is supposed to accomplish. I believe it is mediocre at being a narrative overview of what LEAN is all about, but that it fails miserably as any sort of guide or reference book. Since the title is "LEAN for Dummies", I guess it is only fair to rate it as a narrative overview. More experienced readers will tire of the "wordy" format, opinions and lack of summaries and easy references.

Some sections of the book are quite good. The summary and descriptions of the types of waste (Muda, Mura and Muri) are first rate, with reasonable examples of each. Further, there is a nice table summary of the 7 types of Muda, and even a brief description of type 1 versus type 2 muda (stuff that you really can't eliminate versus stuff you can). In short, this section is what I believe the book should be about. Three pages that you can read in about two minutes, and have an appreciation for the concept. No one will ever confuse you with an expert, but you won't embarrass yourself either.

Other section of the book border on horrible. Control charts, one of the most common features of a LEAN implementation, are skipped over in a page or two. There is an example chart, and a statement "Typically, as long as the sample values fall between the upper and lower control limits, the process is 'in control'. However, if the distribution is systematic and non-random, this is an indication of special causes..."

No idea what you are supposed to make of that statement. Nor is there any hint as to how to calculate upper and lower control limits, or even x-bar. A check of the index indicates no hits for CpK or process capability calculations.

Finally, there is a lot of "soapboxing" scattered throughout the text. I could point to numerous examples discussing government, quality control, complacent managers, but here is one example (p 109). "One mistake companies frequently make ... is failing to recognize the strengths of a company being acquired. Learn from the new organization. Don't assume they don't have anything to offer..."

That may be good advice, it may even be true. But it has little, if anything at all, to do with LEAN. Indeed, if were were to follow the tenets of LEAN, we would strike this whole section from the text as a form of waste.

In summary, I would say the book is great if you work for a company that has or is starting a LEAN implementation, and you want to at least know what everyone is talking about. If you are in anyway involved in the implementation, especially if any statistical control is involved, you will need a much more comprehensive and instructional book.

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