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The New Lean Pocket Guide XL [Kindle Edition]

Don Tapping
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The most comprehensive and practical explanation of Lean concepts and tools made for the shop floor is now available in a larger format. The New Lean Pocket Guide XL has over 120 illustrations to visually convey the tools and concepts, along with detailed descriptions of all the Lean tools. This newer and larger version of the best selling The Lean Pocket Guide also includes: a section on Lean Office and Six Sigma, 20+ digital photos demonstrating Lean in action, a Waste Audit, and a Glossary of Lean terms. The tools of 5S, value stream mapping, document tagging, continuous flow, standard work, visual control, takt time, pitch, runners, waste, plus numerous other Lean tools are thoroughly defined as well as guidelines provided for the implementation of each tool.  This version has digital photos of Lean production best practices throughout!

Product Details

  • File Size: 3907 KB
  • Print Length: 212 pages
  • Publisher: MCS Media, Inc. (August 5, 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001OXCES8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #643,300 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Going Beyond Typical Lean Materials September 7, 2006
I have purchased nearly every Lean book that has been published over the past 10 years, including The Lean Pocket Guide (MCS Media, Inc.) and found this book to be the best value on the market from current materials available. I like the larger print (in the 5" by 7" format), the new topics that were included, but most significantly, the actual photos of Lean manufacturing practices. The photos that were included have assisted our continuous improvement teams already. Seeing the picture of the Heijunka board for planning on page 26 allowed us to modify our entire shop floor scheduling visual system to emulate something similar to what this displayed. Many other photos that were included also are giving us great ideas for future kaizen events. Great addition to the world of Lean books! Lean Lean Trainer, Sycor Manufacturing, Inc.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Lean Book Out There August 30, 2006
I had purchased The Lean Pocket Guide over a year ago and recently purchased The New Lean Pocket Guide XL. Both are superb Lean references. What I do like about the XL version, including the new chapers on Lean Office, Six Sigma, is the Glossary of Lean Terms and the Waste Audit. But most of all what I found most beneficial were the actual photos placed throughout demonstrating many of the Lean tools. Many books just offer illustrations, The New Lean Pocket Guide XL shows Lean in action in various manufacturing operations. The book does it for me. I will be purchasing these for all my managers and supervisors (the associates already have The Lean Pocket Guide). An excellent enhancement of an already great book!

Continuous Improvement Coordinator, BA Systems, Inc.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great pocket guide on Lean August 12, 2007
I like the format of this handbook and it is definitely easy to use, it gives simple explanations on the concepts and tools of Lean. I would definitely purchase copies for my process improvement team. I would also use it to teach lean concepts in my company.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Collection of Lean Tools January 17, 2007
This book is a handy collection of all the lean tools you can think of. Each tool is described clearly and simply in a couple of pages with a step by step guide for implementation. You probably need to have a background understanding of lean and its principles to use book but it is a handy reference of all the tools. It lacks overview material on the history and philosophy of lean, and it would be useful to have a clearer description of how to fit the tools together (perhaps some flow charts of what to use when etc). In summary then, great description of lean tools; lacks the background on lean and how to deploy it as a philosophy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The New Lean Pocket Guide June 1, 2009
Very clear the basic concepts of Lean. Also the draws helps lots to understant these concepts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LEAN! April 8, 2009
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I love pocket guides and The New Lean Pocket Guide is no exception. As a lean manufacturing professional who is constantly referring to various lean tools, this is a nice compact place to keep references to the methods and techniques that I use. Additionally, the construction is such that this small book can take repeated use without wearing out quickly.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Reference July 28, 2009
I believe this is a valuable reference for all those implementing LEAN. It contains a good "High-Level" reference to all the major items necessary to have a comprehensive LEAN process. Do not think that this will give you detailed "How-To's" for specific LEAN tools. For that, you must look further or find a good sensi.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This spiral bound handbook is small enough and inexpensive enough to really warrant wide distribution within a company. The sections are concisely written and provide good, step-by-step instructions for using the tools it contains. This is exactly the type of information that should be widely available to staff members because who knows better than the people doing the work what could be improved. Knowing what could be improved is only half the battle though, a plan of action that is feasible is required to transform idle talk into cost-savings and improved quality.

This book provides those plans of action. It can help anyone who can take the time to read 3 or 4 pages to figure out a method to actually accomplish improvements rather than just talk about it over lunch with co-workers. I found this little guide takes much of the resistance out of change because everyone can see in a few pages how and why things are going to be done rather than just having management dictate changes to be made. Of course the people in charge of overseeing the process of value added changes should read further on the subjects contained inside this guide. For everyone else though this is a handy cheat-sheet that can be used to help explain different aspects of lean in a down to earth manner. Lean is something that is best tackled in small bites, eliminating waste here and streamlining process there on a daily basis and that sort of commitment requires a handy reference tool that doesn't require week long classes or chapters of reading to accomplish something. This guide gives you tools that can get results.

I ran across a few spelling/grammar errors that keep me from giving 5 stars but nothing show-stopping.
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Don Tapping graduated from The University of Michigan in 1976. He spent the next four years as a Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in various positions during his tour. After completing his Corps duties, Don worked in the medical technology, education, and aerospace industries for the next 20 years. Don authored the best selling book, Value Stream Management for the Lean Office (Productivity Press 2003), Lean Office Demystified (II), Who Hollered Fore?, and numerous other books on business performance - setting the bar for administrative Lean improvements. He continues to enlighten organizations with his ability to design step-by-step implementation methodologies identifying processes that require improvement, and then introducing proactive steps to improve or redesign them - reducing costs, boosting performance, and increasing customer (patient) satisfaction. Don today is using his experience and writing books on how Lean can be used in the MS Office and Open Source environments to streamline information flow. Don also received his MBA from The University of Notre Dame.


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