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The Lean Book of Lean By John Earley

The Lean Book of Lean by John Earley

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An essential guide to bringing lean to your business and your life The Lean Book of Leanprovides a succinct overview of the concepts of Lean, explains them in everyday terms, and shows how the general principles can be applied in any business or personal situation.

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The Lean Book of Lean: A Concise Guide to Lean Management for Life and Business by John Earley

An essential guide to bringing lean to your business and your life The Lean Book of Leanprovides a succinct overview of the concepts of Lean, explains them in everyday terms, and shows how the general principles can be applied in any business or personal situation. Disengaging the concept of Lean from any particular industry or sector, this book brings Lean out of the factory to help you apply it anywhere, anytime. You'll learn the major points and ideas along with practical tips and hints, and find additional insight in the illustrative examples. Lean is all about achieving the desired outcome with the minimum amount of fuss and effort, and this book practises what it preaches concise enough to be read in a couple of sittings, it nonetheless delivers a wealth of information distilled into the essential bits you need to know. The Lean Book of Lean discards unnecessary specialisation and minute detail, and gets to the point quickly, so you can get started right away. * Understand the basic principles of lean * Recognise lean behaviours that come naturally * Study examples of lean practices, policies, behaviours, and operations * Apply lean concepts to both your business and personal life Lean is about being agile, efficient, responsive, productive, and smart. It applies to any and every aspect of life, from the factory floor to your morning routine. The Lean Book of Lean is the quick, smart guide to employing lean principles every day, so you can start doing more with less.

About John Earley

JOHN A. A. EARLEY is a Founding Partner of SmartChain International LLP ( who provide consulting support to large companies to transform their supply chains. He has a long international career as both a consultant and in industry where he held a number of senior leadership roles, enabling him to see things from both sides. Lean has been at the forefront of John's thinking from his early days at Rolls Royce Aero Engines through a successful career at PriceWaterhouseCoopers to his role of Global Head of Lean at AstraZeneca PLC. John has learned what works and what doesn't through over 30 years of practical experience in all walks of business and life. As a result, he is a pragmatist who strongly believes that a simple common sense solution, done well by people who understand it, will always deliver better results than a complex one which may be better in theory, but is more difficult to implement.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements xi Preface xiii 1 Introduction to Lean 1 The definition of Lean 1 Lean the natural order of living 3 The shopping trip 3 2 The Core Lean Principles 7 Be customer demand-driven 8 Maximise flow 11 Identify and eliminate waste 13 Declare war on variation 16 Organise your people around outcomes you want 19 Equip your people with the right skills 21 Clear and simple measures and controls 22 Defining your Ideal State 24 In conclusion 25 3 More About Flow 27 Know your limitations (aka constraints) 28 Take good care of your constraint 31 Feed meeeeeee!!! 31 Keeping going 33 The Whack-a-Mole game of constraints 34 The dish of the day is ... 35 And our latest offering is ... 35 Entropy 36 Continuous improvement 36 And the moral of all this ... 38 Some everyday examples of flow or the lack of it! 38 Traffic lights vs. roundabouts 39 The DIY enthusiast 41 The airport check-in 44 In conclusion 46 4 Lean Enterprise vs. Lean Manufacturing 47 Planning vs. execution 48 Priorities and decisions 54 Supplier relationships 56 What can we now provide? 57 Getting the best deal 58 Support functions 59 Finance 60 Engineering 61 HR 62 In conclusion 62 5 Organising for Lean 65 Turning tradition upside down 65 Getting ahead in a PCO 70 The football team 73 Theory vs. reality 74 The unfortunate but inevitable consequences 75 In conclusion 76 6 Measuring the Right Stuff and Metrics 79 What s important? 81 Individual performance vs. team outcomes 85 The balanced scorecard 88 Controls 89 Decision trees 92 In conclusion 98 7 Lean vs. Six Sigma 99 Basis for change 100 Incremental vs. transformational 101 What comes first, Lean or Six Sigma? 103 In conclusion 104 8 The Lean Mindset 107 It s not just about what you know 107 Lean critical mass 108 Lean leadership 111 Discipline 113 Leadership vs. management 113 Knowing the difference between accountability and responsibility 114 Consistency 114 Engagement 114 Asking the right questions 115 Process thinking 115 Transparency and visibility 116 Certification? 117 5S as a foundation for Lean 119 In conclusion 120 9 The Dreaded Business Case! 121 Business case, benefits case, case for action, best guess, what? 121 The financial justification 122 The kick in the backside 124 The motivational speech 125 Is it worth talking about? 125 Getting management bought in 125 Some business case bear traps 126 The devil s in the detail 127 Fit for purpose 128 Where are the big fish hiding? 130 The cherry picker 130 In conclusion 131 10 Keys to Success and Sustainability 133 Top reasons for failure 133 How to avoid them 136 Buy-in at all levels 136 Get the fundamentals in place 140 Working on the right stuff 141 Life doesn t stand still 144 In conclusion 145 11 A Few Key Tools 147 Diagnostic tools 147 5 Whys 148 Value stream mapping 148 Root cause analysis 154 Voice of the Customer 158 Implementation tools 160 Standardisation 160 IS IS NOT thinking 166 Good day vs. bad day 168 Kaizen Events 170 If you don t have rhythm, you can t dance! 175 How it works 176 In conclusion 181 12 A Few Words On Technology 183 What s good, what s not 184 Closing the gaps 185 In conclusion 190 13 Getting Help 193 We are not alone 193 Partnering with other companies 194 Best practice reference visits 195 Forums, blogs and social media 198 Institutions 199 Don t try this at home! 200 Reasons to hire and not to hire a consultant 201 Getting the right help 204 In conclusion 207 14 Results, What to Expect and What is Possible 209 Financial benefits 210 Revenue enhancement 210 Cost reduction 211 Cash flow 213 Non-financial benefits 214 Safety 214 Job satisfaction 214 Environment 216 Avoidance of ... whatever 216 So what s in it for me? 217 In conclusion 218 15 In Conclusion 221 Appendix Glossary 223 Afterword 245 Index 247

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The Lean Book of Lean: A Concise Guide to Lean Management for Life and Business by John Earley
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