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Easier, Simpler, Faster

Systems Strategy for Lean IT

By Jean Cunningham, Duane Jones

© 2007 – Productivity Press

192 pages

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Hardback: 9781563273537
pub: 2007-02-23

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To enhance and sustain its Lean journey, a company must implement information systems that fully support and enhance the Lean initiative. In Easier, Simpler, Faster: Systems Strategy for Lean IT, Jean Cunningham and Duane Jones introduce the case study of an actual Lean implementation involving the IT system of a mid-size manufacturer, highlighting the IT challenges that the manufacturer faced during the Lean transformation. Winner of a Shingo Prize, this book will provide you with a broader vision as well as a path to what a Lean system environment will look like for your company.


This book deserves a detailed read and discussion within any organization planning a lean transformation. Jean and Duane have accurately and sensitively captured their struggles, frustrations, and victories around the previously submerged and invisible IT portion of the lean iceberg.

— Pat Lancaster, Chairman, Lantech, Inc., December 2006

Jones and Cunningham's first-hand experience with lean IS Transformation is distilled into a pragmatic set of guidelines that will fortify your roadmap for remarkable change.

— Jamie Flinchbaugh,, co-author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to Lean, December 2006

For too long, IT systems have indirectly functioned as a barrier to lean initiatives. … This book breaks new ground because the authors fully illustrate just how IT can significantly hasten waste reduction.

— Anand Sharma, President & CEO, TBM Consulting Group, Inc., January 2007

Table of Contents

Introduction: When IS Becomes a Partner in your Lean Journey

Chapter 1: Lean Basics to Define your Customer Value, Eliminate Wastes, and Align IS

Chapter 2: Applying Standardized to Information Systems

Chapter 3: Integrate Your Order Entry into the Information Highway

Chapter 4: Selecting, Enabling, and Customizing your ERP System

Chapter 5: Kanban: A Necessity for Reducing Inventory and Managing Pull with Suppliers

Chapter 6: Reshuffling MRP to Align with Kanban and Lean

Chapter 7: Mission to Go Live - Building Teams and Overcoming Barriers

Chapter 8: Capturing, Managing, and Sharing Information

Chapter 9: Lean Accounting System

Appendix I: Seven Steps to Eliminate Standard Cost in Information Systems

Appendix II: The Thirteen Guiding Information System Principles

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Quality Control