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Creating a Lean Culture: Tools to Sustain Lean Conversionsby David Mann
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The new and revised edition of this modern day classic provides the critical piece that will make any lean transformation a dynamic continuous success. It shows you how to implement a transformation that cannot fail by developing a culture that will have all your stakeholders involved in the process and invested in the outcome. It will teach you how to build success from the top down and the bottom up at the same time. If you are a leader at any level in an organization undergoing or considering a lean transformation, this is where you should start and finish and start again.
Praise for the First Edition of the Shingo Prize Winning International Bestseller. . .
an excellent review of one of the most common implementation issues in a lean transformation — the essential day to day work practices of team leaders/supervisors/value stream managers that enable the lean system.
— George Koenigsaecker, President, Lean Investments, LLC
. . . reprinted seven times
The purpose of lean systems is to make problems glaringly obvious. If implementation does not include standard leadership and cultural support systems to constantly address problems, the point of the system is missed. Many books address lean tools and initial conversion, but if you want the system to stick, read David's book.
--Robert (Doc) Hall, Editor-In-Chief, Target, Association for Manufacturing Excellence
. . . now being translated into Russian, Thai, and Chinese
Mann's book is an excellent start toward Lean Leadership as 'process-dependent' rather than 'person-dependent' in style.
--Ross E. Robson, Executive Director, Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing
Now empowered with five more years of accumulated knowledge and experience, David Mann 's seminal work:
*In a gemba walk, a teacher, or sensei, and student walk the production floor. The teacher asks the student to tell what he or she sees and, depending on the answer, asks more questions to stimulate the student to think differently about what is in front of him or her. This includes learning to see what is not there Gemba walks often include assignments to act on what the student has come to see.
Book News Annotation:
For leaders at any level in an organization, Mann (operations management, Ohio State U.), an organizational psychologist who developed and applied concepts of a lean management system throughout his career, introduces a lean system for management as an important part of successful lean conversions and describes the basic elements of lean management and its implementation. This edition has more on applications in administrative, technical, and professional environments; new information on how to begin implementation in discrete manufacturing, office, healthcare, and process manufacturing environments; and how to engage executives through gemba walks. It includes information on lean training; the difference between measuring improvement through results and processes; new case studies; and expansion of the lean management assessment based on actual use, with two online versions for manufacturing and administrative, technical, and professional settings. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
2006 SHINGO PRIZE for EXCELLENCE in MANUFACTURING RESEARCH
Lean production has been proven unbeatable in organizing production operations, yet the majority of attempts to implement lean end in disappointing results. The critical factor so often overlooked is that lean implementation requires day-to-day, hour-by-hour management practices and skills that leaders in conventional batch-and-queue environments are neither familiar nor comfortable with.
Creating a Lean Culture helps lean leaders succeed in their personal batch-to-lean transformation. It provides a practical guide to implementing the missing links needed to sustain a lean implementation. Mann provides critical guidance on developing and using the key elements of a lean management system, including: leader standard work, visual controls, daily accountability processes, maintaining a process focus, managing key HR issues, and much more. In addition, a questionnaire is included to help assess current management practices and monitor progress.
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