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Lean Transformation: How to Change Your Business into a Lean Enterprise Paperback – July 1, 1999
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Henderson and Larco organize their story in four parts:
- Part I Makes the case for the lean transformation.
- Part II Describes the tools required to implement (e.g. 5S, pull, flow, takt time, six sigma, standard work, visual management, kaizen events, etc).
- Part III Discusses strategies for spreading lean throughout the organization.
- Part IV Reinforces the criticality of sustaining progress.
"Lean Transformation" is well-organized and readable. It's a must read for all CEOs, CFOs, COOs, and those responsible for continuous improvement in their organization. The return on investment is worth the price.
The Dell example is dated, though the principles still relevant. The treatment of Six Sigma is light, and does not represent the integration which Michael George shares in his book Lean Six Sigma. On the other hand, the strategic alignment in Lean Transformation feels better addressed than in Lean Six Sigma. My hypothesis is that this strategic alignment is a key factor in long term sustainability of continuous improvement, whatever the flavor.
Heavily focused on discrete manufacturing as opposed to continuous process manufacturing, this classic remains close to the top of my list of 300+ books on Lean, Six Sigma and Process Improvement for executives who seek to better understand lean.
What is it not is a manual on the details of the different tools like value stream maps, Poka-Yoke, SMED, workflow/cell design, TPM, 5-S, Standard Work, Standard WIP, etc. It discusses all these topics, and you come away with an understanding of them and how they work together, but it doesn't go into the details of them and how to implement that other sources do.