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Editorial Reviews. From Library Journal. This provocative and highly readable book Toyota's Secret Weapon in the Global Car Wars That Is Now Revolutionizing World Industry - Kindle edition by James P. Womack, Daniel T. Jones. The Machine That Changed The World. James, Daniel, Daniel Roos. Introduction. This classic book explains the evolution of lean. Read The Machine That Changed the World PDF - The Story of Lean Production- - Toyota's Secret Weapon in the Global Car Wars That Is Now.

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Today, the industrial world is experiencing the most revolutionary change since Henry Ford's assembly line — which forever changed the way things are made. The Machine that Changed the World, published in , has been critically and James Womack, Daniel Jones and Daniel Roos demystified the Japanese. The machine that changed the world by James P. Womack, , Rawson Associates edition, in English.

Jan 21, Rafael Rosa rated it really liked it TL;DR The original book about Lean in the western world, written in it provides an interesting peek into the past, the "japanese industrial invasion" and the world before the height of globalization, all through the lenses of car manufacturing. However, it's pretty outdated, which reduces it impact and direct applicability. Opinion Lean was born on the japanese auto industry and it spread the world. Unfortunately, I'm not familiar enough with factories, so my interests lie on the use of TL;DR The original book about Lean in the western world, written in it provides an interesting peek into the past, the "japanese industrial invasion" and the world before the height of globalization, all through the lenses of car manufacturing. Unfortunately, I'm not familiar enough with factories, so my interests lie on the use of Lean ideas to software development, where it has a lot of followers and I'm trying to have a better understanding of its basics. The book describes the results of a 5-year research program during the 80's where they visited 90 factories around the world, comparing the performance of traditional mass production factories vs lean ones. The result is that lean manufacturers usually had better productivity, better quality, lower inventories and capital requirements, etc, the difference in the results was mostly explained by how "truly lean" a factory was, not everybody that called themselves lean or even where based in Japan, had good results. One important thing I realized is that they split Lean in many parts manufacturing, product design, supply chain, customer relations, management and the one that is probably most applicable for software development is the part about product design, which is pretty close to the ideas around agile development. I'm sure I can find more insights by researching this specific aspect of Lean. The management part, however, was the least sophisticated, which is expected, since they were at the beginning of the process. Much of the book predictions were dependent on macroeconomic trends and the regulatory situation of the time, I wonder if they would have changed their predictions or recommendations if they knew about the changes in world economics since that time. I guess they would. Also, they expected that Lean manufacturing would replace mass production by the end of the 20th century, I'm not sure how far we are from that on this day. The productivity benefits of Lean are "obvious" but what should society do with workers that get displaced by the increased productivity and job cuts that these lean transformations entail? They have no suggestions beyond "the government needs to figure it out", which is pretty scary.

Jones began to study the ways in which muda travels from one company to another — in which companies themselves are caught up in waste-filled interrelationships that no single enterprise can tackle alone. The new book argues that even the most brilliantly conceived and efficiently executed products and services on the market can be rife with muda.

Instead of increasing value, they have added complexity. As a result, more often than not, say Dr. Jones, attempts at integration fail to achieve their goal of providing customers a better product.

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Services are frequently just as flawed, the authors claim: When you phone a help desk, bring an auto in repeatedly for a seemingly unfixable repair, or spend an hour waiting in a hospital room for a routine medical test, you are dealing with a costly artifact of an outmoded industrial model. Whether in services or products, this model adds costs, decreases quality, promotes remote and therefore dangerously unresponsive off-shore outsourcing, and imperils brand loyalty.

To Dr. Jones, the essence of lean thinking is not so much the ruthless efficiency of reengineering with which it is often compared , but the ruthless redesign of all processes, within and among companies, to achieve an ingrained respect for the people affected by these processes.

If the whole world could emulate the best of Toyota, Tesco, and a few dozen other relatively lean companies, we could enter a new kind of post-industrial utopia, they argue. Consequently, as with many management fads, says Dr. Womack, companies tend to drift away when they notice how hard it is to put in place. Most companies have only begun to work on one of the four. The company also hired John Shook, a senior advisor at Dr.

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Enough muda was unearthed in this effort to save the automaker hundreds of millions of dollars a year. This effort shrank manufacturing time by 25 percent. Recently, a U.

Byrne is currently a partner at J. Childs, a Boston-based private equity firm that requires firms in which it takes a stake to adopt lean thinking. This policy assumes that the resulting productivity and management improvements will eliminate much of the investment risk. Indeed, ever since Toyota began the first lean initiative with its production system in the s, the idea of eliminating risk — not the risk of external threats, but the danger of staleness, complacency, and expediency from within — has been central to lean thinking.

Really, cars have all pretty much been the same since the Model T. Womack is lanky, bearded, bespectacled, soft-spoken, and erudite. Born and raised in Arkansas, he has lived in the Boston area since He is prone to blurting out crusty, ironic asides, most of which touch on the fallibility of human nature. Womack, is also bearded with glasses. In , both men were aspiring intellectuals with a common interest in public policy; they were advocates of free trade.

Jim Womack, then completing a Ph. Dan Jones, a young economist of Dutch and English parentage, had studied with an associate of European Union founder Jean Monnet and had written a well-regarded monograph on the competitiveness of the British auto industry.

That study in turn caught the eye of Dan Roos, an MIT professor known for organizing ambitious research projects.

Both researchers worked intensively on the project for several years, with Mr. Jones commuting to the U. They had a lot of ground to cover. General Motors and Ford had posted their first losses ever in ; Chrysler was nearing bankruptcy.

Oil prices were at an all-time high, and environmentalists were questioning the viability of automobiles in general. The researchers were intuitively suspicious of these arguments, and a year of intensive research into Japanese automobile practices confirmed their skepticism. Rather than automation or company songfests, the secret Japanese weapon that the U.

And although it appeared that all Japanese companies had the edge on their American and European counterparts, in fact, one Japanese car company stood out: Toyota outperformed not only its Detroit and European rivals, but most other Japanese car companies as well. Even so, the data revealed a 3-to-1 productivity difference between Japan and the U.

That was enough to attract a few industrial representatives to offer to sponsor a follow-up report. Roos, Dr. Womack, and Mr. The study was unprecedented in its scale, its mix of industrial and government sponsorship no single company or government contributed more than 5 percent of the total cost , and its level of access. Auto companies on three continents opened their plants to the researchers. Womack, Mr.

Jones, and Dr.

Roos became a management bestseller, with about , copies in print. Although, as Dr. At the very end of the book, in a two-page epilogue, they hinted that the same would be true for other industries as well. Roth notes, very few other companies, automotive or otherwise, successfully changed their ways after Machine came out.

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Drucker, author of The Post-Capitalist Society "The best current book on the changes reshaping manufacturing, and the most readable, too It shows how to create an industrial world in which workers share the challenges and satisfactions of the business. It's a world in which assemblers communicate with suppliers and dealers in a way that improves life for all of them.

Read it. The most comprehensive, instructive, mind-stretching and provocative analysis of any major industry I have ever known. Why pay others huge consulting fees? Just read this book. It is based on the Toyota lean model, which combines operational excellence with value-based strategies to produce steady growth through a wide range of economic conditions. Meanwhile, the leader in lean thinking—Toyota—has set its sights on leadership of the global motor vehicle industry in this decade.

Instead of constantly reinventing business models, lean thinkers go back to basics by asking what the customer really perceives as value. It's often not at all what existing organizations and assets would suggest.

The next step is to line up value-creating activities for a specific product along a value stream while ehminating activities usually the majority that don't add value.

Then the lean thinker creates a flow condition in which the design and the product advance smoothly and rapidly at the pull of the customer rather than the push of the producer. Finally, as flow and pull are implemented, the lean thinker speeds up the cycle of improvement in pursuit ofperfection. The first part of this book describes each of these concepts and makes them come alive with striking examples.

Lean Thinking clearly demonstrates that these simple ideas can breathe new life into any company in any industry in any country. But most managers need guidance on how to make the lean leap in their firm. Part II provides a step-by-step action plan, based on in-depth studies of more than fifty lean companies in a wide range of industries across the world. In Part IV, an epilogue to the original edition, the story of lean thinking is brought up-to-date with an enhanced action plan based on the experiences of a range of lean firms since the original publication of Lean Thinking.

Lean Thinking does not provide a new management "program" for the one-minute manager. Instead, it offers a new method of thinking,,,of being, and, above all, of doing for the serious long-term manager—a method that is changing the world.

Womack is founder and president of the Lean Enterprise Institute , a nonprofit education and research organization based in Brookline, Massachusetts, dedicated to the spread of lean thinking.

Jones is founder and chairman of the Lean Enterprise Academy in the U. Also by James P. Womack and DanielT. ISBN Preface to the Edition Lean Thinking was first published in the fall of , just in time—we thought—for the recession of and the financial meltdown of The book's mission was to explain how to get beyond the financial games of the s to create real, lasting value in any business. Toward this end, it demonstrated how a range of firms in North America, Europe, and Japan took advantage of the recession of to rethink their strategies and embark on a new path.

In our presentations to industrial audiences, we often point out that the only sure thing about forecasts is that they are wrong. Which is why lean thinkers strive to reduce order-to-delivery times to such an extent that most products can be made to order and always try to add or subtract capacity in small increments.

Instead of a recession in , the most ebullient economy of the entire twentieth century charged ahead for five more years, into , extending a remarkable era in which practically anyone could succeed in business. Given that the book was published years before our ideas were most needed, it's surprising how many readers took the advice in Lean Thinking seriously during the best of times.

We have heard from readers across the world about their successes in applying its principles.

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