The Lean Anthology: A Practical Primer in Continual Improvement (Paperback)
  • The Lean Anthology: A Practical Primer in Continual Improvement (Paperback)

The Lean Anthology: A Practical Primer in Continual Improvement (Paperback)

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Paperback 248 Pages / Published: 16/12/2014
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The Lean Anthology: A Practical Primer in Continual Improvement presents operations management case studies that illustrate a Lean process improvement journey. Ideal for non-engineers, adult learners, and corporate or business education settings, this book can help you and your organization understand and apply Lean practices as part of a plan for saving money, generating revenues, or freeing up resources-particularly in settings not traditionally associated with Lean.

The stories are easy to understand, simple accounts of everyday people negotiating life. The characters observe and integrate the principles of Lean into their personal and professional lives. Each Lean case study will help you understand and apply a different approach to the "relentless pursuit of the strategic elimination of waste."

The stories are organized into a framework for implementing a Lean transformation called The Five Cs: Customer, Capability, Control, Coordination, and Context/Culture. These are the five stages of strategic operations design and improvement. The Five Cs framework is a new approach to understanding a Lean journey that you can apply in many settings. The Five Cs framework can help you become more effective in both your personal and professional lives.

The book includes explanations with each case study, as well as brain teasers suitable for team discussion. These tools supply readers-even those without an operations management background-with an intuitive understanding of how to create value by eliminating waste.

Publisher: Apple Academic Press Inc.
ISBN: 9781482246797
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 15 mm


This is a truly creative and engaging book. Like Goldratt's The Goal, this book teaches the principles and concepts that form the basis for effective management of operations through the medium of stories. Learning is fun and painless and yet the lessons are deep.
-Morris Cohen, Panasonic Professor of Manufacturing & Logistics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

What a great book-so inviting, interesting, and creative. Great practical Lean insights from a non-manufacturing point of view.
-Arthur V. Hill, Associate Dean for MBA Programs and Professor of Supply Chain and Operations, University of Minnesota

Goldberg and Weiss take key business concepts and make them accessible for anyone committed to self-improvement. Their approach is simple and effective...and reminds me how much more I can do to apply Lean thinking both in and out of the office for real results!
-Kevin Klau, Senior Vice President, Business Units, Hach Company

The Lean Anthology
is full of rich nuggets of gold that can be applied to both personal and professional life. Rebecca Goldberg and Elliott Weiss combine storytelling and teaching through short vignettes that will revolutionize the reader's thinking and lead to lasting business results bolstering your company's competitive advantage. This pragmatic approach is certain to transform you, your team, and those around you.
-Monica Barker, Director Strategic Marketing North America, AREVA, Inc.

Even experienced practitioners can use The Lean Anthology to see additional applications for Lean tools. This book is comprehensive, enlightening, refreshing, and fun to read-which allows the reader to easily follow the pragmatic presentation of each Lean concept and practice.
-Frederick S. Buchman, Co-Author of Balanced Scorecard Strategies for Dummies

Must-reading for anyone with responsibility for or interest in any form of operations. Few managers understand and embrace the importance of continuous improvement. The challenge is to learn how to do it... this is the need this book fulfills.
-Wallace Stettinius, author of Principles of General Management, The Art and Science of Getting Results Across Organizational Boundaries, and How to Plan and Execute Strategy: 24 Steps to Implement Any Corporate Strategy Successfully

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