- Paperback: 254 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1511657049
- ISBN-13: 978-1511657044
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #765,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Product Development for the Lean Enterprise: Why Toyota's System Is Four Times More Productive and How you can Implement It Paperback – July 1, 2003
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About the Author
The author of this book has pioneered the redesign of organizational processes for more than 35 years. During his 30 years at Texas Instruments, Mr. Kennedy was the lead engineer on many developmental projects including both missile system products and manufacturing systems. He was credited as being not only an exceptional design engineer but also as a leader in developing and applying the initial concepts of concurrent engineering. During his last ten years at TI, he led the integration of manufacturing and development systems at a major TI facility. He also developed the strategy across the defense business sector for design automation in concert with a redesigned product development environment. In addition to his role as a leader in systems development within TI, Mr. Kennedy also was active in collaborative sharing across the country including many consortia-based projects and presentations at engineering and manufacturing conferences. As a consultant, Mr. Kennedy works extensively with the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences and with major manufacturing companies, including General Motors, United Technologies, Allied Signal, and Delphi, to assess and advance American product development systems. His efforts also have included an extensive nationwide benchmarking study examining a broad spectrum of manfacturing companies in an effort to find unique and effective product development methodologies.
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I recommend this for everone at any level. It re-states the power of synergy and how to tap into it. Get your 80% work product efficiency and 4X improvement now - it works.
The book is in a story format which works well for most people. The story is about convincing yourself that there is a much more productive way to develop products and that is another Toyota system.
Unfortunately how to implement it is not the province of this book (a Sequel?) so I took off a star for that.
This book acts more as an inspiration to go for that other system.
Some reviewers have favorably compared this book to The Goal. I beg to differ. The Goal is about the implementation of the theory of constraints at a troubled plant. A series of events happen: bottlenecks are discovered, eliminated, batch sizes are reduced, etc. This is gripping and educating. This book is about the writing of a proposal for change. We follow the protagonists to their meetings. This does not put you on the edge of your seat. And, more importantly, there are no real world issues. The implied message is: implement the new paradigm and everything will be fine. This is not realistic. I want to understand what may go wrong, see the nitty-gritty details. The Goal discusses these issues but this book does no.
Overall, this is not a bad book, but the lack of focus and the lack of detailed information will make you search elsewhere for a better presentation.