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Learning to See: Value Stream Mapping to Add Value and Eliminate MUDA Spiral-bound – June 1, 1999

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  • Spiral-bound: 102 pages
  • Publisher: Lean Enterprise Institute; Spi edition (June 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966784308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966784305
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Easy to read, easy to follow and very helpful.
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This book makes it easy to develop value stream maps and optimize them to lean out a process.
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Buy copies of this book and give them to everyone in your company.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Brad Harrison on February 27, 2004
Format: Spiral-bound
I have completely worn out my copy of this book. It is the simplest, clearest, most practical book on lean that you will ever find. The first time I used the Value Stream Mapping techniques outlined in this book, I identified an improvement that has dramatically reduced our inventory, reduced lead times and saved over $500K annually.
Section III, entitled, "What Makes A value Stream Lean" is especially helpful. By doing the mapping and working toward the seven guidelines outlined in this section, we have made dramatic progress in our lean transformation. Using "Learning To See" in conjunction with another offering from the Lean Enterprise Institute ("Making Material Flow"), you can transform your plant. The only other requirement... get out from behind your desk and just do it!
I cannot recommend this book highly enough!
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 8, 2001
Format: Spiral-bound
The book is a good attempt at explaining how to use value stream mapping in a manufacturing plant. The format is sort like a workbook which makes it a little easier to use and also great as a teaching tool. What is lacking is more examples from a wide variety of industries from small to large so the reader can really understand how to apply the tool to their workplace. There is also a lack of application to areas outside of manufacturing where I think VSM could be applied: product design process and administrative processes. Overall it seems to be a good book, but you'll need some backup material from the web to round our your education on the subject.
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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 11, 2001
Format: Spiral-bound
Learning to see is very helpful if you want to learn to establish value stream maps of your key processes. The book is set up like a work book and walks you through the process step by step. J. Womack is very prescriptive in how to produce value stream maps. It would be helpful to have additional examples from several industries. Value stream mapping is useful in helping to indentify areas that need improvement projects. They should be the basis for strategic plans for process improvement. This book will be helpful if you are new or trying to introduce others to the importance of value stream mapping.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Lean Manufacturing Engineer on November 22, 2004
Format: Spiral-bound
This is definitely THE starter book to learn vsm. Yes more examples would help, and yes so much information is covered by such little prose. The more I learn and practice lean, The more I am convinced of the importance in using value stream mapping to insure that the lean implementation process benefits the value stream (the so called critical path of the production process).
This key concept is where Six Sigma fails, and that is how do you select a Six Sigma Project that is going to impact the value stream?
The authors almost dare you to work through the ONE example you are to analyze on your own but LEARNING TO SEE starts you on the way to becoming a lean sensei.
STUDY STUDY STUDY this book.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A. Lwowski on August 16, 2004
Format: Spiral-bound
This book is written just like a book on lean manufacturing should be: short, to the point, and no crap. It's very informative, easy to read, a no academic wishy-washy stuff. A great buy!
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I have read this great book from the company's library and I love it, but when i decided to buy the book from Quality7 or Trebronics, Inc. they did not not deliver the book. I have been waiting for 3 months. Please do not buy any book from Quality 7. thanks
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By F. H. Van Saarloos on October 22, 2006
Format: Spiral-bound
Book info : 3rd edition published in 2003.

Pre required knowledge: SMED, Continuous Flow Manufacturing

Purchased price : USD 17,50

This book is a workbook, it does not handle a lot of theoretical stuff on LEAN. Also it relies on SMED and Continuous flow manufacturing and KANBAN, so if you're not familiar with that, you will need to do some reading on those topics as well.

Basically this book gives you a technique how do draw you current value stream with all the necessary details. Next it explains how to draw your future value stream and what to do to get there (on paper and on the shop floor). Be careful it does not say how to get there

The book is not very complicated and the way it is explained every fool can do the trick. What I found pity was that the majority of the book goes on the production process. It does not say a lot on the office value stream. Still, I can recommend this book to everybody that is looking for a practical starter on LEAN.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By O. David on February 12, 2009
Format: Spiral-bound
PRE-REQUISITE for VSM: (recommended)

Whatever approach to continuously display and improve processes you might choose, you will always need to measure a few basic parameters. Meanwhile Process Tagging&Mapping results only in a visible display of a process after analyzing the Tagging-exercise, Value-Stream-Mapping (VSM) forces you to follow every process/ task, from your customer(s) up the stream towards your supplier(s). So VSM is real "going-to-the-gemba" (go see yourself) - a very efficient way to get real insights because a good picture always says more than a thousand words - and levels the insights for everyone. The title of this book ' Learning To See ' therefore sticks to the heart of Lean and how to display it : learning to see non-value added tasks and step-by-step elimination of waste.

What do you need to know, before starting to learn the VSM-method, in order to get the most out of this approach? There are a few parameters describing every process-task. It's not rocket-science, but someone seriously studying about operations should first of all start to learn a few basics. This basics are about how systems interact (SDB: system dynamic behavior). This basics of SDB will help you to proceed with VSM and to understand :

- what parameters you need to measure and how they interact to total system performance
- what do this parameters tell you and therefore what are future improvement steps
- very important: you will be able to simply check the data for consistency: e.g. does Little's law hold in the long-run ? Can the production be achieved or are there any workstations with an utilization u larger than 100% ? Generally speaking, is there any flaw in the data measured ?
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