Instead of constantly reinventing business models, lean thinkers go back to basics by asking what the customer really perceives as value. The next step is to line up value-creating activities for a specific product along a value stream while eliminating activities (usually the majority) that don't add value. Then the lean thinker creates a flow condition in which the design and the product advance smoothly and rapidly at the pull of the customer (rather than the push of the producer). Finally, as flow and pull are implemented, the lean thinker speeds up the cycle of improvement in pursuit of perfection. The first part of this book describes each of these concepts and makes them come alive with striking examples.
Lean Thinking clearly demonstrates that these simple ideas can breathe new life into any company in any industry in any country. But most managers need guidance on how to make the lean leap in their firm. Part II provides a step-by-step action plan, based on in-depth studies of more than fifty lean companies in a wide range of industries across the world.
Even those readers who believe they have embraced lean thinking will discover in Part III that another dramatic leap is possible by creating an extended lean enterprise for each of their product families that tightly links value-creating activities from raw materials to customer.
In Part IV, an epilogue to the original edition, the story of lean thinking is brought up-to-date with an enhanced action plan based on the experiences of a range of lean firms since the original publication of the book.
There is some good content here. I suppose. There's got to be, because Womack's work has been so influential with very smart people.
BUT, this is the best example I know of why you want a professional reader. Womack's narration is like a lethargic robotic toad reading aloud a tax return form. And I think this abridgement misses some of the good stuff. I was very motivated to learn about Lean Thinking, but still I could hardly listen to it. Avoid.
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Womacks voice is possibly the worst narration I have come across. The information is exceptional, but is almost impossible to assimilate because of his voice. If ever there was an argument for authors hiring professional readers, it is this book.
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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
This audiobook is not the full book. There are missing some important chapter from the book. The audio is not good, The author is a good writer but not as good narrater
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I have been part of supply chain management software support of a long time now and have gone through the various phases mentioned in the book. I've developed software to "optimize" the islands of production described and worked with others who would seek to "optimize" safety stocks. All because the process is broken -- we don't look at the entire value chain.
This is a must listen (probably to be followed up with a must-read book) for those seeking to transform their business or establish a new business.
My favorite passage is thoughts on low cost geographies and where to position fabrication facilities. The only time (according to the author) it makes sense to location production in low cost geographies? The product is overwhelmingly ruled by cost *AND* there is sufficient stability to create very accurate forecasts. Even then, you must consider exhange rate variances and political (here and abroad) variances.
Overall, this is an excellent listen. Additional literature is available, but I haven't found any follow-up listens on audible.com.
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Lots of information, I had to listen to chapters many times to fully understand the concepts. All of the information was pertinent though and clearly expressed, just hard to wrap your head around.
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I don't like audio books that don't cover the entire book. This is one of those audio books that you can't follow with the book
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Lots of practical advice, great info, and interesting examples and stories. I'm already quoting things from it at work.
Limit your expectations to a dry and boring college text.
James explains the WHAT of Lean. He then gives many examples of Lean. But what I found extremely lacking was he did not really tell the HOW of Lean. Continued investigation (outside of his text) will reveal that many companies have failed to go Lean although they really tried.
To implement Lean you really need to focus on the entire production chain and therein lies the fatal flaw. You will find that you not only have many internal challenges to implement this change of thinking but trying to get your supply chain to make the same change will be a monumental task.
Lean is possible but I think your best results will be implementing as much FLOW in your process in a short period of time and by not trying to Lean your entire system.
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The book has great content! The reading is very boring...I wanted to sleep while listening to it....Hope they will change to another pro reader to make the book 10 times easier to listen to.
Half of the book is missing or out of order, not worth the money. Was using for research purposes but lost convince of the book missing.
Lean Thinking ist eine Denkart, die nach unnötigen Schritten in Prozessen sucht und dadurch eine Verschlankung, Beschleunigung und Bereiniung unternimmt. Dies wird kombiniert mit einer Bewegung hin zu einem so genannten Flow in der Verarbeitungskette und verspricht spürbare Verbesserungen.
Natürlich ist Lean Thinking insgesamt sehr viel facettenreicher und komplexer als diese Zwei-Sätze-Zusammenfassung und das Buch kann nur einen Einstieg in die Thematik bieten und dies gelingt den Autoren auch.
Die Schwächen sehe ich in einer mittelmäßigen Sprecherqualität des Hörbuches und der zu technischen Erläuterungen, die per audio Wahrnehmung zumindest mir unheimlich schwer bis teilweise gänzlich unmöglich fielen. Hier sind im Buch wahrscheinlich erklärende Zeichnungen und Bilder, die mehr als tausend Worte sagen bzw. die man halt in einem Hörbuch nicht beschreibt.
Insgesamt ein guter Einstieg in das Thema Lean Thinking doch definitiv nicht mehr als das.
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