1st Edition

Lean for the Cash-Strapped Leader The Path to Growth and Profitability

    248 Pages 36 Color Illustrations
    by Productivity Press

    248 Pages
    by Productivity Press

    245 Pages 36 Color Illustrations
    by Productivity Press

    Created by Lean practitioners with real-world, results-proven track records, this book is designed to help struggling managers and leaders, interested in the benefits of Lean but bereft of budgets to hire full-time consultants, start substantial change in their enterprises and begin to reap the benefits of Lean.

    At once a how-to manual and a strategic management guide, the book lays out, in simple English, all the steps for implementing Lean, from formulating a strategy and managing organizational change, to establishing a kanban-driven, level-loaded production system.

    Presenting strategies that will fit in most existing budgets, Lean for the Cash-Strapped Leader: The Path to Growth and Profitability uses easy-to-read language with flashes of humor to reveal proven methods that will help your organization initiate change and begin reaping the rewards of a Lean operations system in any industry.

    The book avoids acronyms, complex Lean terminology, and academic froth to convey the essential instructions, detail, and information you need. Identifying powerful methods for initiating a Lean value stream that require minimal investment, the book is designed to help owners of small businesses and senior managers of larger ones make their enterprises more efficient, more productive, and ultimately more profitable.

    Along the way, the book gives detailed attention to the need for the "soft message" that underwrites and supports the actions required for a business to achieve the transformation that Lean can bring. Lean for the Cash-Strapped Leader emphasizes the messaging and the degree of management involvement required to achieve a successful Lean result.

    Learn more about the book at: http://www.leanforthecashstrappedleader.com/

    Brief Overview of Lean and Elimination of Waste

    A Different Way of Thinking

    Rationalizing the Inventory

    Kanban Signals

    Deriving Dependent Demand for Kanban

    Documenting the Current State in a Process Map

    Creating the Future-State Process Map

    Understanding Kanban-Heijunka Card-Flow Process

    Kanbans and Heijunkas

    Continuous Improvement, the Kaizen Event

    Beginning the Kaizen and Documenting Reality

    The Percent-Loading Chart

    Using Percent-Loading Chart

    Dependent-Demand Manufacturing Kanbans

    The Total-Value Flow with Standard Work and Visuals

    Tying Up Loose Ends in the New Total-Value Flow

    Competition and Continuous Improvement

    Recommended Readings



    John E. Madigan earned his BA from the University of Denver. While at Wiremold’s Chicago manufacturing plant, he held management positions in both materials and operations. Madigan likewise benefited from Lean training delivered by Shingijutsu and Moffitt Associates. After Wiremold, Madigan did Lean implementation consulting and training in the Midwest for 7 years at various companies—from the small privately held company to several Fortune 500 companies.
    Todd C. Maher’s educational credentials include a BS in industrial engineering from the University of Illnois and an MBA in operations management from DePaul University. He worked for Wiremold during their Lean transformation and held leadership positions in both operations and engineering. At Wiremold, he also benefited from 10 years of training delivered by Shingijutsu Ltd in both the US and Japan. After Wiremold, Maher has spent the last 13 years helping both private and public companies with their Lean initiatives. Maher has participated in or led over 500 different kaizen events since learning this philosophy.

    Mohammad Ali earned a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a BS in mathematics and physics. He has also received hands-on training in PMP, CCNA, and is Security+ certified in information technology.

    Ali has participated in numerous kaizen events during his tenure at Wiremold’s Chicago plant. He is an expert in creating VBA-based Microsoft Access applications with user-friendly graphical interfaces. He has successfully designed, tested, and implemented a number of such applications for a number of small- to medium-size manufacturers for their kanban cards’ creation process.

    "This book gives a step-by-step method with specific examples to help anyone implement a Lean Operations System to all their operations in any industry. Along with this, the authors provide things to be aware of along the journey based on real experiences…."
    —John T. Schulz , Lean Manufacturing/Plant Manager in the Electronics, Machinery, Aerospace, Rubber Molding, and Sewing Industries

    "John has hit the Lean Target dead center. His clear and concise approach makes this a must-read for those early in their Lean journey."
    —Frank Celmer, CFO and Treasurer, TC Industries, Inc.

    "Madigan, Maher, and Ali have prepared a good roadmap to getting started on a Lean journey. The most important step is to start the journey and keep moving forward."
    —Jeffrey P. Lillig, Lean Practitioner and Financial Professional

    "John Madigan and Todd Maher have written one of the most informative 'How to' books on the implementation of Lean and the application of Lean tools. The examples in the book will provide specific details and guidance for any manufacturing company on their Lean journey…."
    —Dick Ryan, Lean Journey Leader, Barry-Wehmiller Companies