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Lean For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-05118-4
384 pages
February 2011
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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 flow and the value stream works, and the best ways to apply Lean to your enterprise. You will understand the philosophy of Lean and adopt it not as a routine, but a way of life. This highly informative book teaches you:

  • The foundation and language of Lean
  • How to map the value stream and using it to your business’s advantage
  • The philosophy of Kaizen
  • Different tools to improve management, customer service, and flow and pull
  • How to “Go Lean” within your business and across the industry
  • Avoid common mistakes in implementation
  • Seek out resources for assistance

This simple, continuous improvement approach that minimizes waste and adds customer value is changing organizations of all sizes all over the world. Lean for Dummies will show you to take charge and engage your enterprise in a Lean transformation!

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Introduction.

Part I: Lean Basics.

Chapter 1: Defining Lean.

Chapter 2: The Foundation and Language of Lean.

Part II: Understanding Flow and the Value Stream.

Chapter 3: Seeing Value through the Eyes of the Customer.

Chapter 4: A Resource Runs through It: Value Stream Mapping.

Chapter 5: Charting the Course: Using Value Stream Maps.

Chapter 6: Flowing in the Right Direction: Lean Projects and Kaizen.

Part III: The Lean Toolbox.

Chapter 7: Customer and Value-Stream Tools.

Chapter 8: Flow and Pull Tools.

Chapter 9: Perfection Tools.

Chapter 10: Management Tools.

Part IV: The Lean Enterprise.

Chapter 11: Lean in the Organization: Principles, Behaviors, and Change.

Chapter 12: Power to the People.

Chapter 13: Go Lean: Implementation Strategy, Startup, and Evolution.

Chapter 14: Lean within the Enterprise.

Chapter 15: Lean across Industry.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 16: Ten Best Practices of Lean.

Chapter 17: Ten Pitfalls to Avoid.

Chapter 18: Ten Places to Go for Help.

Glossary.

Index.

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Natalie J. Sayer began studying and applying Lean before it was formally known as Lean. Over her 20-year career in the automotive industry in the United States and Mexico, Natalie honed her skills applying Lean and Organizational Development methods across functional areas of Fortune 130 companies. In 1996, Natalie was an instrumental team member in the Lean transformation of a GM facility in Matamoros, Mexico. The team was awarded the 1996 GM President’s Council Honors for the project. While working with General Motors, she had multiple opportunities to visit and learn from New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. (NUMMI). Natalie has trained, coached, mentored, and rolled up her sleeves to implement Lean practices, whether working in a company or volunteering at a food bank.
She received a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Dayton in 1988 and a Master of Manufacturing Systems Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1992. She is a graduate of Coach University and Corporate Coach University. Natalie is also a Six Sigma Black Belt and a Global Leadership Executive Coach.
In 2003, Natalie founded I-Emerge, an Arizona-based global consultancy dedicated to the facilitation of people and processes experiencing significant change. The I-Emerge toolbox includes executive and personal coaching, group facilitation, Lean methods, public speaking, and Organizational Development tools and assessments. She is a passionate people person, who lives her life with the convictions that “there is always a better way” and “change won’t happen without the people.”

Bruce Williams strives for perfection and added value as a scientist, educator, consultant, and entrepreneur. Leveraging the Lean principle of standardized work, this is his third For Dummies book in three years, having previously coauthored the best-selling Six Sigma For Dummies in 2005 and the Six Sigma Workbook For Dummies in 2006.
Undergraduate degrees in physics and astrophysics from the University of Colorado testify to his early pursuit of understanding the ultimate nature of root cause.

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