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Hoshin Kanri for the Lean Enterprise: Developing Competitive Capabilities and Managing Profit Paperback – August 21, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1563273421 ISBN-10: 156327342X Edition: PAP/CDR

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Productivity Press; PAP/CDR edition (August 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156327342X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563273421
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #420,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2007 SHINGO PRIZE WINNER!

About the Author

Dr. Thomas L. Jackson has over twenty years of experience in management education in industry and academia and apprenticed with Japanese masters Iwao Kobayashi, author of 20 Keys to Workplace Improvement, and Deming Prize winner Ryuji Fukuda, author of Building Organizational Effectiveness. Dr. Jackson received a PhD and MBA in business economics from Indiana University Graduate School of Business and a JD in tax and commercial law from Indiana University School of Law.

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Tom Jackson as born in 1949. Formerly the President and CEO of Productivity Inc. and Productivity Press, Tom is currently a principal of the Rona Consulting Group. Trained at Indiana University as a lawyer and an economist, in 1992 Tom left a comfortable post at the University of Vermont to become a management consultant specializing in the Toyota Production System. Tom has written extensively about hoshin kanri, Toyota's extraordinary method of strategic planning and financial management. In 2007, Tom's book, Hoshin Kanri for the Lean Enterprise, was awarded the Shingo Prize for Research. Tom is currently working on a new series, Tools for Lean Healthcare, for Productivity Press. The first book in the series, 5S for Lean Healthcare, is back from the typesetter this week.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By M and K on November 7, 2008
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I've spent some time looking at several different Hoshin Kanri (hoshin - navigation or compass, kanri - control) texts, a.k.a "Policy Deployment." I personally think that this is overall the best one, hand's down. It's a tricky subject, with many "moving parts" and few examples available to view firsthand (I've seen it only a few times myself). I mention other books, but have not reviewed them, because they were so bad I couldn't even finish them and I have a rule to not review any book I haven't read.

This review compares this to several other ones (as best I could), plus for consistency of philosophy with other lean/operational excellence concepts. Most lean texts I've read barely mention Hoshin, if at all. Even when they do, then do so poorly or with too little detail to help you other than to make you aware that it exists.

This book helps fill a huge gaping void in the understanding and implementation of the lean enterprise.

Pro:
+A clear linkage to Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycles at different levels... at last! Cascading PDCA is critical to success.
+Excellent examples of the x-matrix and various styles of A3 report
+A Shingo Prize winning text, and it has definitely earned this honor!
+Goes well above expectation, digging deeper into "DNA" teaming elements/systems that creates deeper understanding of "why" we do hoshin, not just "how"
+Sets clear roles for who should do what, when, and of course why and how
+Superb examples of A3 reports of all different sorts
+Generally well written and interesting despite a potentially dry subject... other books I have on this topic are boring and a fight to read, this was not in the least!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Flinchbaugh on September 9, 2006
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Tom Jackson's practical and valuable insights are rivaled only by the importance and benefits of applying Hoshin Kanri. Hoshin Kanri as a practice has been applied as part of lean transformation efforts for quite a long time. But there were still very limited resources for people to learn more about it. Tom's work in this arena is extensive, and throughout all of his books (others are Implementing a Lean Management System and Corporate Diagnosis), he has focused on tools and systems for management to use in a lean company. This is the only book you'll need - I highly recommend picking it up.

One of the things I most appreciate about this book is how it integrates hoshin kanri with the Plan-Do-Check-Act process. This of course is the intent of hoshin kanri, but the linkage was never presented so clearly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Parry on January 12, 2009
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I am amazed at the quality of the ideas and the sheer practically of the methods Jackson sets out in this excellent book.

I have read a number of books on Hoshin Kanri methods but this is the best I have seen, it's not spray on policy deployment, this is the real stuff and demonstrates how these methods should be used.

There are so many companies (some blue chip) using Hoshin Kanri who are quite oblivious of their ineptitude when using these methods, and frankly they are more dangerous, they obviously need this book to learn how to do it properly.

The material in the CDrom back-up the text very well so there is no excuse, you can start straight away.

I am now using this with my company and recommend it to others.
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