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.
Brief Overview of Lean and Elimination of Waste
A Different Way of Thinking
Rationalizing the Inventory
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
"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