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Far from the Factory: Lean for the Information Ageby Linus Larsson
Synopses & Reviews
If you currently employ knowledge workers who do most of their work on computers or with computers, access the Internet, utilize internal and external databases, use e-mail or other new messaging technology, then this book is for you. Quite simply, this handbook is for any organization with a lot of Web DNA that wishes to cut costs, improve performance, and stay perpetually competitive. It is for change agents or managers within those organizations who work with information and want to leverage the latest crop of tool sets to deliver on the promise of Lean for the modern, information-rich office.
packed with new ideas breaks new ground in so many directions .
John Bicheno, Director, Lean Enterprise Research Centre, Cardiff Business School
excellent on several levels teaches us how to visualize the depth of hidden wastes in our complex information flows and the large opportunity for improvement that this suggests.
Keith Russell, PhD, Global Continuous Improvement Leader R&D, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals
Very interesting view on operational excellence, helpful to readers without a background in this area of expertise.
Bert Nordberg, President and CEO. Sony Ericsson
Congratulations to all the readers holding this book ... These Lean ideas must be an integral part of the daily operations of your business. I am going to get each and every one of my management team a copy of this brilliant book at the start for our own Lean journey.
Lennart K ll, CEO, Wasa Kredit
It 's one thing to develop a concept. It 's another to make it sing. This is the hymnal.
Dr. Don V. Steward, CEO Problematics, Professor Emeritus, Sacramento State University, inventor of DSM
a must read for CIOs everywhere.
Julian Amey, Principal Fellow, Warwick University
Book News Annotation:
The book is for managers in organizations that work with information--not just information technology companies, but for all organizations that create, modify, and consume information electronically in their work. It shows how to use Lean tools and paradigms in the modern, information-rich, white-collar office to eliminate waste among the processes, tools, and habits of knowledge workers. The first section reviews the origin and purpose of Lean and explains how it can be applied to the information age and the information office. The second part of the book is a knowledge worker's Lean field book, with chapters on specific aspects such as managing information flow, process improvement, using a visual management system, and creating a Lean team. The book includes b&w charts, diagrams, schematics, and flow charts on every page. Gonzalez-Rivas and Larsson are process and performance improvement consultants. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Defining knowledge in terms of the creation and consumption of waste this resource provides an in-depth understanding of what practicing lean means for the information economy. While information accelerants mask waste, business intelligence allows for invisible information flows to become visible in the work stream. Thus, the invisible office can tackle waste, create pull, enable continuous flow, and monitor information in real time. The text demonstrates how to achieve these objectives, providing a knowledge worker tool box that can be applied to real-world business situations. The authors also explain how to interpret and respond to demand for knowledge.
This handbook is for any organization with a lot of Web DNA that wishes to cut costs, improve performance, and stay perpetually competitive. It is for change agents or managers within those organizations who work with information and want to leverage the latest crop of tool sets to deliver on the promise of Lean for the modern, information-rich office.
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