"The Gold Mine is the first book to comprehensively introduce all the lean tools by means of a vivid personal story showing how hearts and minds are won over, said publisher James Womack, LEI president and founder. "It will spark ah-has from everyone who has been there and provide profound insight for those who are just getting started."
"Reading The Gold Mine is like eavesdropping on a sensei dispensing gems to a client," says co-publisher Daniel Jones, founder of the Lean Academy in the UK. "Readers, especially those individuals working on the shop floor, will gain revelation and inspiration by living through the experiences of the hero. Managers and executives just beginning a lean transformation will learn valuable insights about how to sidestep the technical and people problems that lay ahead. And experienced lean thinkers will discover fresh insights about overcoming resistance to change."
Our novelistic approach addresses one of the reasons that it's so hard to find any workable lean "recipe," which is that the tools, or at least their level of implementation, must be linked to the management's lean maturity. For instance, we would argue that lean is fundamentally about rigorous problem solving and involving operators in kaizen. Fine. But in most working environments, if you start there, as most TQM or six sigma programs do, you will end up with disappointing results. People will get confused about which problems to solve, how to go about change, and what kind of attitude to adopt when dealing with resistance or recurring problems. In a factory it's usually easier to start a lean program with the basics, such as seven wastes, 5S, red bins for quality, reducing batch sizes by increasing tool changeover, and moving progressively to eliminating variation in the operators' work cycle.See all Editorial Reviews
Not a dull textbook, the intertwined story of the characters going through real life situations keeps you riveted and learning. Read morePublished 3 days ago by J. Swisher
Quite a lame story but it explained the main principles very wellPublished 12 days ago by Tony McAlevey
I found this book helpful for a lean newbie like me. I've read about the different lean methods but it d nice to see it in application. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Fox T
The first of three, where the authors take you through the human side of turning a company into a lean company. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JJK
The Gold Mine allows you to understand Lean manufacturing processes required to continuously improve. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Greg Bashford
Much like The Lean Manager, The Gold Mine is an exceptional resource for learning about lean principles and how they apply in the workplace. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jecynta O.
A great introduction to Lean. First it reads like a good novel with interesting caracters, then you go back and reread it for the extremely well explained Lean practices. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Maurice Contal