Going Lean: How the Best Companies Apply Lean Manufacturing Principles to Shatter Uncertainty, Drive Innovation by Stephen A. RuffaGoing Lean: How the Best Companies Apply Lean Manufacturing Principles to Shatter Uncertainty, Drive Innovation by Stephen A. Ruffa

Going Lean: How the Best Companies Apply Lean Manufacturing Principles to Shatter Uncertainty…

byStephen A. Ruffa

Paperback | July 3, 2008

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Going Lean sets aside the notion that efficient operations and powerful innovations are only possible when business is steady and demand is growing. Instead, companies must learn that sudden shifts or unpredictable conditions need not undermine their results. Led by a new breed of companies -Toyota, Wal-Mart, and Southwest Airlines-a powerful, yet unexpected mindset is reshaping the rules for business competitiveness. By using Lean Dynamics T-based on the now-famous Toyota Production System-companies everywhere can thrive in virtually any environment. In Going Lean, readers will learn how to: . become broadly effective in creating and sustaining value . set a critical foundation for achieving sustained excellence . identify sources of lag and create robust value streams that thrive in today's dynamic conditions . describe the underlying techniques to maintain steady and predictable flow . create a system based on "pull," or external demand that consistently introduces new innovation even during severe downturns . strive for perfection . deliver industry-leading returns
Stephen A. Ruffa (Oak Hill, VA) is an engineer who worked for the American Defense Department and researched lean manufacturing across seventeen large aerospace producers. His previous book, Breaking the Cost Barrier: A Proven Approach to Managing and Implementing Lean Manufacturing was awarded the 2001 Shingo Prize for Excellence in ...
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Title:Going Lean: How the Best Companies Apply Lean Manufacturing Principles to Shatter Uncertainty…Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:July 3, 2008Publisher:AmacomLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0814432859

ISBN - 13:9780814432853

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In GOING LEAN, Stephen A. Ruffa spotlights examples from the automotive, airline, and retail industries, offering potent lessons on how companies drive innovation, promote sustainability and create value in the face of uncertainty. The backbone of the book lies in the well-thumbed ideologies of the Toyota Production System.' - T & D magazine'Stephen Ruffa's new book titled, Going Lean, is very timely. In this time of the economic crisis when recession has plagued the world's economic arena, Going Lean teaches us how to live and adapt with change... This book is a must read.' - Sixsigma.com'... unique and important insights into entering and sustaining-forever-a lean journey of waste reduction and continuous improvement... ' - Cutting Tool Engineering'In this extremely well-written book... useful resource for those interested in operations management, business policy, and related topics." - Choice '... should be read by manufacturing executives and their staffs... shows how to introduce innovation during downturns, strive for perfection and deliver excellent performance.' Quality Progress"With excellent timing, considering recent events in the global economy, this book demonstrates how companies can use lean principles to help them steer through tough times. Using examples from successful companies that survived crises such as 9/11 and the resulting economic downturn, as well as the oil crisis of 1980s, Ruffa shows how the techniques those companies used can be employed to help weather a crisis." - Houston Business Journal"