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Product Details

  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Bayrock Press; Revised edition (August 31, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963043935
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963043931
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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All I Need To Know About Manufacturing I Learned In Joe's Garage has earned THIRTY-TWO MAJOR ENDORSEMENTS! See below what educational and media figures, including a Business Week correspondent, say about ...Joe's Garage. Then read the praise from Bob Lutz (author of Guts: The Seven Laws of Business) and other leading executives in numerous industries: electronics, consumer products, industrial products, medical products, aerospace, and motor vehicles.

MEDIA AND EDUCATORS

"A quick intro to concepts of advanced production, in an easy-to-read format." by Jim Treece, Senior Correspondent, Business Week

"Simplest explanation of what it takes to achieve manufacturing excellence." by Training & Development

"Easy-reading book that will give you a quick education." by Design News

"Illustrates the principles of 21st-century manufacturing." by Quality Progress

"Teaches the basics of TQM and JIT in 45 minutes." by APICS

ELECTRONICS

"Must reading for anybody manufacturing anything." by Bill Jasper, President, Dolby

"Easy read that makes a dynamic impact." by Bill DeMalia, Quality Manager, Solectron

"Easy-to-read instant training on manufacturing." by Crista Hambleton, Sales Manager, Unisys

CONSUMER PRODUCTS

"Insightful - magic - easily understood and retained." by Mary Osmolski, Director, Stanley Production System, Stanley Works

"Easy-reading book that gets the point across about JIT, lower inventories, and other aspects of agile manufacturing." by David Gardner, Director of Production, Maytag

"Refocused our organization on fundamentals of World Class Manufacturing." by Dale Philippi, Vice President, Eureka

"Teaches the Toyota Production System in a simple manner." by Rocco Losito, Corp. Director of Quality, LA-Z-BOY

"Innovative and interesting." by Michael Naylor, Senior Vice President, Operations, Rubbermaid

INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS

"Excellent. Universally applicable to all manufacturing processes." by Robert A. Lutz, Vice Chairman, General Motors

"Wraps up more lessons in a one-hour read than all the high-priced seminars you could attend." by John Guffey, Chief Executive Officer, Coltec

"Explains the basic principles of modern manufacturing management." by Scott Gibson, Vice President, Manufacturing and Engineering, Castrol

"Great overview of World Class Manufacturing processes and techniques." by Jack Murrell, Vice President, ITT Defense & Electronics

MEDICAL PRODUCTS

"Really helped change the thinking in our manufacturing organization." by Mike Eagle, Vice President, Manufacturing, Eli Lilly

"Perfect educational tool for production, sales, engineering - everybody!" by Jack Farnandez, Director of Operations, Advanced Cardiovascular Systems

AEROSPACE

"A short course in lean thinking, told in reader-friendly style." by Donald E. Westerheide, Vice President, Lockheed Martin

"Provides a great understanding of World Class Manufacturing as a strategic weapon." by John R. Black, Director, World Class Company Studies, Boeing Commercial Airplane Group

"Creates retained understanding of huge impact of creating and manufacturing a cost effective, quality product." by Ronald F. McKenna, Chief Operating Officer, Aerospace, Sundstrand

"A great easy reader - facilitates understanding of Lean Manufacturing concepts - highly recommended!" by Jon Enwiller, Lean Manufacturing Manager, AlliedSignal Aerospace

"Short, to the point, and easy to read; I like the book very much." by Stan Biga, Chief, Resource Development, Sikorsky Aircraft

"All the key issues we face today in readable, concise and understandable form." by James D. Lang, Director of Technology, New Aircraft and Missile Products, McDonnell Douglas Aerospace

MOTOR VEHICLES

"Simplest, most effective and still entertaining book I've read on principles of effective manufacturing." by Bill Shillingford, Plant Manager, Ford

"An entertaining yet insightful look at an entire manufacturing process all the way from the design phase to ultimate customer delivery." by Harry Lewis, Vice President, Chrysler

"A story that includes all the lessons to become a world class manufacturing facility." by Don Makie, Executive Vice President, Cambridge Industries

"Best overall explanation of the Toyota Production System." by Tom Faust, Vice President GROWTTH, Freudenberg-NOK

"Excellent lesson in modern manufacturing systems for ALL employees." by Mervin Dunn, General Manager, Arvin Ride Control


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I did not like this book because it is only one side of the story.
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I make it required reading for all my Manufacturing Engineers, Department Managers and Supervisors.
Vaughn D. Williams
This little book is a fun read and simple way to explain the concepts.
Conrad Leiva

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
Our company originally bought this book because it was endorsed by Bob Lutz (one of the top business executives in the country), a Business Week writer, and numerous other leaders. We have since bought the book in large quantities because it is the best explanation of how to run a business.
The book explains how to do things simply, with high quality, utilizing effective methods that prevent mistakes. It shows how to get people involved with their own work. It shows how to keep costs (direct costs and indirect costs, such as inventory) low. And it shows how to do things RAPIDLY. Time is money.
The book also has a fantastic glossary and reading list for people who wish to go further in their education. It is a great book. It can change your life, or at least your work life.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 7, 1998
Format: Paperback
Although the title suggests a 'how to' approach to WCM, this 'how NOT to' is a fast read which opens the door (and possibly minds) to the prospect that mass and batch production methods have inherent flaws.
This work is well written and progresses quickly into an interesting scenario anyone working in manufacturing can identify with. Contemporary relationships between departments, workers, and managers are clearly articulated and are accurately described. Management, production control and material management functions are described in great detail, and reflect current operating practices in many organizations, both large and small.
The story is told from the perspective of a Manufacturing Engineer (Sandy) from the fictional Garrett Gear Company, and chronicles efforts to build a set of garage shelves using traditional batch manufacturing techniques. The work team is comprised of volunteers from Garrett Gear and others recruited by 'Joe' (VP of Manufacturing at Garrett). This is also the story of how Sandy is introduced to WCM techniques, aided by his neighbor and counterpart, Ralph Morita of Yamachi Gear (a competitor to Garrett).
This book will have a varying value to readers, depending on their background and position in their organization. There is nothing to be gained by senior or middle management, while first line supervisors may be able to decipher the "how NOT to's" and translate them into "how to's". Both supervisors and shop floor workers can benefit by relating to situations presented and recognizing wastes introduced BY the manufacturing process.
While the book is quick to point out flaws in current mass/batch production techniques, it comes up short in terms of solid solutions that can be implemented by supervisors or workers.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
The electronics industry requires rapid product development, quick turnaround on orders, low inventory and manufacturing costs, and high quality to satisfy customers in the face of cut-throat competition. This book has become our standard tool for building united enthusiatic teams at our company. It is easy to understand, and it conveys all the important strategies and tactics of world class manufacturing. As the president of Dolby says, it is must reading for anybody manufacturing anything. It has made the difference in our company's success, and for the motivation and financial rewards for our employees.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 31, 1999
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This book is a good short story as well as a great description of how to produce a product in the best way - better, faster, cheaper as the saying goes. Unlike many management books these days, it is not about computer systems. It is actually about management strategy, i.e. how to run the business, and how to communicate that in a way that everybody in a business will understand and buy into. The book also shows how to deploy the strategies into specific world class manufacturing techniques. It has complete, and clear, descriptions of all key world class management tactics. Anybody designing, making, or delivering a product ought to read this book to see how to do the job in the best way.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mike Gardner on October 22, 2001
Format: Paperback
Simple and fun to read, but full of real ideas. The author gets away from the "janglish" of poka-yoke, TPS, kanban, and lays it all out in plain English through a fictional account of building shelves in Joe's garage. Joe is kind of a...boss, who "volunteers" his workers to build shelves in his garage over a weekend. Each fundamental of modern lean manufacturing is covered through the trials and tribulations of the people trying to get the project done. A good book to distribute to supervisors and shop floor leaders.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lori Donnelly on April 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
I recently have used this book as part of the "lean production" implementation in our company. (We are a supplier of steel and other metal products to many industries, including automotive and aerospace.) The book was very helpful in clearly describing how to do things like eliminate errors, reduce inventory, and reduce cycle time. It is easy to see how this book has been recommended by so many top people like Bob Lutz and the Boeing Company. It is a great way to learn how to do things better. The business world - and our industry - is becoming more competitive every day, and we have really appreciated a tool like this book to help us improve.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6, 1999
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This is simply the best book I have ever seen on World Class Manufacturing. It explains the concepts in simple terms, using a short story that anybody can grasp. All the world class concepts are here: jit, error-proofing, rapid build, etc. The book also has a terrific glossary and explanation of world class manufacturing terms. Again,the best I have ever seen. And it has a great reading list for people who want to go into more detail with longer and more technically complex books.
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