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Following in the tradition of its Shingo Prize-winning predecessors, Lean Production Simplified: Third Edition gives a clear overview of the structure and tools of the lean production system. 

Written for the practitioner by a practitioner, it delivers a comprehensive insider's view of lean management. The author helps listeners grasp the system as a whole, as well as the factors that animate it, by organising the book around an image of a house of lean production. 

Illustrating the eight kinds of waste, this updated edition of a best seller: 

  • Describes the craft and mass production systems that preceded lean production including the contributions of Frederick Winslow Taylor and Henry Ford 
  • Explains the concepts of visual management, Five S, and Total Productive Maintenance 
  • Addresses just-in-time delivery of parts and products 
  • Examines the jidoka principle
  • Covers the nervous system of lean management, hoshin planning
  • Illustrates the culture of lean management

This edition deepens and extends the previous edition with case studies on lean outside the factory in settings such as health care, IT, finance, design, engineering and beyond. The case studies are based on personal experience of actual work in organisations generating real results.

Lean Production Simplified covers each of the components of lean within the context of the lean production system. The author's straightforward common sense approach makes this book an easily accessible, on-the-floor resource for every team member.

©2015 Pascal Dennis (P)2021 Taylor & Francis

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  • Derek K.
  • 16-05-21

Some errors but good listen

Pronounces some words like kanban not the Japanese way, said some abbreviations that would be better understood if read out completely like "e.g." (for example) and occasionally read out abbreviations like WIP (work in progress) or both the abbreviation and meaning for GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles, so it is not confused with the plain word "gap"). There's others but I forgot them.
It is also a bit quiet. I've had to crank my volume up about 15% higher than I normally would. Then when I play a song, I go deaf.
Otherwise, overall good. Can't speak on the quality of the explanations as I'm a novice in the tools and some concepts. I do feel I'll have to listen again and should keep a notepad to write down some items to look up later.