- Spiral-bound: 102 pages
- Publisher: Lean Enterprise Institute; 1 edition (June 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0966784308
- ISBN-13: 978-0966784305
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 75 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The journey towards lean can be difficult and filled with obstacles. Where does someone begin? What are the non-value-adding processes that can be eliminated? These are difficult questions to answer if you dont have the proper tools.
Value stream mapping is an excellent place to start the lean journey and understand the sources of waste in a companys operation. Its an overarching product that gives managers and executives a picture of the entire production process, both value and non-value adding activities. Rather than taking a haphazard approach to lean implementation, value stream mapping establishes a direction for the company.
Beginning with a forward by James Womack and Dan Jones, Learning to See breaks down the important concepts of value stream mapping into an easy to understand format. The manual, a Shingo Prize Winner, is filled with actual value stream maps, as well as engaging diagrams and illustrations.
To encourage readers to become actively involved in the learning process, Learning to See contains a case study based on a fictional company - Acme Stamping. The reader begins by mapping the current state of the value stream and looks for all sources of waste in the value stream. After the waste identified, a map is developed with the projected future value stream.
Throughout the manual, Learning to See teaches readers the key concepts of value stream mapping. Written by two experts in the lean field, Mike Rother and John Shook, the workbook makes complicated concepts simple. It teaches reasons for introducing a mapping program and how it fits into a lean conversion.
With this easy to follow and engaging product, a company gets the tools it needs to understand a value stream mapping program, so it can eliminate waste in the production process. Start the lean journey and reduce waste that is costing your company money with value stream mapping.
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I worked through the book myself over a hotel weekend, and then tried it out, and then read it again. I have honestly used Value Stream Mapping to take $5 million + (probably WAY+) worth of stupid out of the processes at my part of a factory that does about $30M per month in sales
The book comes with a CD. It's worthless. If you buy a used copy without the CD, don't worry about it.
Update: OK, so this was interesting to come across a few years down the road... I bought this book and wrote the preceding review about 5 years ago. I got some very good results out the improvements that eventually came from mapping current state processes, and then mapping the future state, and then getting to work on the differences (lean mfg.). Over the entire factory, the benefit turned out to be a little shy of 10 million dollars. Fast forward five years, and now I've got my own operation to run. Obviously, everyone here has read this book. The factory supervisors and the lead men write the current state, and say what needs fixing. The engineers write the future state, and a Project manager figures out how to get there and prioritizes which problems to work in what order. So far, we've been able to take 5% out of cost in six months, and that's only because we don't have much practice.
Actually, Learning To See is a real workbook. Most of its content explains how to draw a future-state map, step by step. And then how to link to policy deployment.
Very useful for a practitioner desiring to (1) write a diagnostic, (2) write an appropriate remedy, (3) make it obvious why the remedy is far superior to the current situation, and (4) formalize application of the remedy.
In my experience almost every improvement acitivity must begin with a material-value flow analysis. In this standpoint this book has been for me illuminating.
I give to it 5 star because it has a strong practical touch and is rich of informations and hints -"draw the flow with a pencil, focus on the process not on how well you use the computer"...
A must have for anyone developing a VSM or looking to refresh themselves on the concepts of Lean Manufacturing.