Andy & Me Crisis & Transformation on the Lean Journey
Second Edition of a Shingo Prize Winner
Based on the author's personal experience with Toyota’s master teachers and with companies in the midst of great change, Andy & Me: Crisis & Transformation on the Lean Journey, now in its second edition, is a business novel set in a failing New Jersey auto plant focusing on the tribulations of Tom Pappas, the plant manager. The situations, characters, and plant politics will ring true with many readers.
In a cool, readable style, this highly popular work follows Tom's relationship with Andy Saito, a reclusive retired Toyota guru whom Tom persuades to help save his plant through the teaching of the legendary Toyota Production System (TPS).
On this journey, the reader learns that TPS is more than just a collection of tools; it entails a new way of thinking and behaving. Though Tom finds success — both in his plant and in his personal life — he learns from Andy that successful improvement is endless and eternal.This edition includes study questions after each chapter to support your learning and help you tell some of your own stories.
Pascal Dennis discusses the 2nd edition of his Shingo Prize-winning book Andy & Me.
"Andy & Me ,captures the opportunities and pitfalls in the journey of lean transformation. It is set in a real world plant environment that deals with physical, operational and emotional challenges. The story format engages, teaches and entertains the reader."
Anne Stevens, Group VP, Canada, Mexico and S. America, Ford Motor Company, January 15, 2005
"… one of the best books I’ve read in a long time on the subject of Lean and the Toyota Production System. Don’t be fooled by how simplistic some of the author’s solutions appear. If properly taught, and then religiously utilized, they will significantly improve your organization. Pascal Dennis is not only a seasoned ‘Sensei’ but a good storyteller as well."
Steve Pontbriand, Senior Vice President, Systems Control, January 15, 2005
"I do not usually like 'business novels' because the story gets in the way of the ideas. Andy and Me is the exception. This short and readable book does a wonderful job of explaining the transformation of a production plant to the Toyota approach to lean manufacturing."
Brian Maskell, Co-Author, Practical Lean Accounting, May 16, 2005
"Highly recommended. I just received this and tore through it. The book is a quick and light read, although you'll want to stop and let some of the TPS concepts sink in and re-read certain sections and illustrations."
Mark Graban, Phoenix, Arizona, July 7, 2005