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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: FastCap Press; 1ST edition (2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984662219
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984662210
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 4.8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After reading this book, I wish I had the last 30 years to do over.
Tony Oliver
I have been learning about Lean for the past year, but this book makes it so simple to follow the concept.
Laserpoint
I highly recommend reading this book and even further endorse the audio portion.
Timothy F McMahon

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Russ Kimball on December 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
The book is simple, direct and jargon free; not a lot of pedantic and overused Japanese terms that usually go with teaching the concepts of lean. Lots of day-to-day examples on how lean can be simply applied either at home or in the workplace. This could be used to help kids keep their rooms clean and do homework on time, just as much as it could be used to help high level functioning teams in the workplace improve their operations and processes. We need more books like these that don't cover the same old stuff that has been repeated about lean and kaizen since the 1980s. Looking forward to Mr. Akers next book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nate Lowrie on December 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
I run a small 2 person shop making CNC machines. You would think we would be highly efficient since our specialty is automation, but we were struggling. Production time was so long and we always felt that we were behind and would never catch up. Then one day I stumbled upon Paul's company FastCap while looking for a saw hood. He had a link to his book but more importantly had a boatload of videos on what lean looks like at his company. Watching those videos, it was evident that a lot of these things I could apply to my production process. I ordered the book in an audiobook format.

The book isn't so much about the processes of continual improvement (which is what I thought I was after). It is about the culture of growing people and turning people into problem solvers. Paul has simplified a rather complex process down into a simple phrase: "Identify what bugs you and fix it." This simplicity has allow me, a chronically dis-organized guy with inventory, production, and customer service problems, to turn my business around dramatically in such a short period of time.

I have people tell me all the time that lean can't work in a small shop. Well, it has I am proving it...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tony Oliver on December 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
I have been running companies since the late 1970's. And, just like the author Paul Akers, I had every reason to believe I knew what I was doing. Companies all over the globe have paid me to help them with troubleshooting, productivity and quality issues in production environments.

After reading this book, I wish I had the last 30 years to do over.

I have known about the pursuit of "continuous improvement" (Lean thinking) for many years. It is a very counter-intuitive way of looking at things, but once you and your people get the hang of it, its power to transform your productivity is just nearly unbelievable. The problem has always been getting your people on board. The most brilliant system in the world will produce only mediocre returns if you cannot succeed in getting your people to embrace the change.

In 2 Second Lean, the author describes his personal journey beginning with a total ignorance of Lean thinking, all the way to being one of Lean's greatest success stories. The employees at Fastcap live and breath lean. As a result, they have built a culture that most people in the world can only envy.

After you see what an amazing culture you can build, and an absolute explosion in your productivity and quality, you will find yourself reading -- and re-reading -- this book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laserpoint on December 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
I have been learning about Lean for the past year, but this book makes it so simple to follow the concept. Inserted in the book are Q Codes, so as you are reading along, you can scan a Q code and see a video on that subject, I love that visual! 2 Second Lean makes understanding the concept so much easier to understand I highly recommend this to those who are just learning about Lean, but also to others who are currently implementing Lean, as they say continual improvement!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jon Miller - Kaizen on October 21, 2013
Format: Audible Audio Edition
It's been my great pleasure to watch Paul Akers and FastCap develop into one of the world's true Lean companies over the past 10 years. This book is full of humor, practical advice and visual examples of how to break kaizen down to the level where it is possible to engage everyone, every day. Sometimes experts over complicate things. I've learned a lot from Paul personally, and continue to be inspired by the energy he puts into making lean culture a reality at his company. Readers will also find links to other resources Paul has put online including many great videos. This book is a must-have for anyone interested in lean, kaizen or continuous improvement.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kary518 on May 6, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
As a new manager for a retail store, this book brought a clear process into the picture. It's great to have a path toward success to follow!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Texfiddler on December 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
Congrats Paul, you boiled down the often misunderstood and often made complicated process of implementing LEAN principles in life. I have read a lot of books on lean and I can say this is the best book on LEAN that I have ever read. Paul makes the complicated so easy a child could do it...jargon free, and a clear take away after each chapter. With links to videos and further learning - this is the way a book should be written.
If I could only recommend one book on LEAN and the Toyota production system...this would be it. Thanks Paul for making the complicated so easy...and LEAN.
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