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Getting the Right Things Done: A Leader's Guide to Planning and Execution Paperback – 2006
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Top Customer Reviews
+ Simple and easy to read
+ I liked his use of A3s, a topic that I have relatively little experience
+ There are interesting Socratic Method-style chapter summaries, phrased in the form of questions... nice touch
+ Good linkage to PDCA
+ Shingo Prize Winner (2008)
- No index at the back of the book (please add in next edition)
- A narrative, a style that while easy to read tends to be less informationally dense (contrast to Jackson's, "Hoshin Kanri for the Lean Enterprise").
- Limits topics to planning of goal execution like Bechtel did in "Management Compass"
- "True North" examples could be greatly improved in my view... all compasses point to magnetic North. If compass is an analogy for intuition then hoshin kanri methods help us find our way in spite of this strong, traditional/common pull to a similar, but ultimately divergent path.
- For me, offered too little on how the system might work
Bottom line: Strengths of this book may also be its weaknesses. Might be good as an introduction to hoshin kanri, but seems overly simplified to me and not to my taste. Perhaps expectations were set unrealistically high on my part given his brilliant text, "Lean Production Simplified." Hoshin is a tough topic to write about, and it still suprises me how deep this topic really is.
Nevertheless, this book provides the ideal introduction to Hoshin Kanri in a clear, straightforward and readable manner. It is suitable for beginners at all levels in the organisation.
I have tried to implement ideas presented in the book in my factory.
It was difficult to convince and involve people around but I preferred a "my way or highway" method to make things happen.
Result was good, we have improved our flow, on time full shipment rate.
There was a better alignment than ever between satellite factory and headquarter.
This was my first touch to A3 method and I liked it. It requires a real dicipline to follow the method. Frankly in my personal business career I am trying to make my mind up for a certain problem but the display is not an A3 anyway.
Having KPI's are great, assessing performance by KPI's are easy but it is not enough to have KPI's to get the results.
The book has no point about "how to get result", it is all about "how to align"
I wish I was aware of The Goal at that moment in time, then I would have a better chance to get better and sooner results.
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