1st Edition

Transforming Strategy into Success How to Implement a Lean Management System

    270 Pages
    by Productivity Press

    Selected As One of "The Year's Best Reference and Reading Material", Industrial Engineer Magazine, December 2004

    The authors provide a practical and comprehensive approach to implementing strategic intent in organizations through the use of lean management systems, strategic planning, lean enterprise management, leadership, and team building. This book is filled with real-life success stories that illustrate how companies have profited through the use of this lean methodology.

    Unique features include a new model for a lean management system, management systems diagramming, and a circular systems model for strategic direction setting. The approach presented is founded upon employee alignment through involvement and building employee buy-in to support implementation.

    Simple, comprehensive, and practical, Transforming Strategy into Success is a must read for lean practitioners, lean learners, and organizational leadership.

    1. Introduction
    2. In the Beginning It Is Leadership
    3. The Business System Models
    4. The Magic is in the How -- Not in the What
    5. Lean Management Systems Approach
    6. Establishing Guiding Principles
    7. Implementing Strategic Direction
    8. Deriving Metrics and Goals
    9. Providing Process Structure
    10. Discipline and Relentless Follow-up
    11. Technique Selection and Application
    12. Making Things Better -- The Continuous Improvement Mentality
    13. In the End It Is Leadership
    14. The Hope for a Better Tomorrow


    George Shinkle, Reb Gooding; Michael Smith

    "Transforming Strategy into Success contains the basic philosophy of the Toyota Production System applied to management. Everybody can utilize the content as a practical guide."

    Takehiro Kubo, Overseas Customer Service Tech. Div., Toyota, Japan 06/01/04

    "Impressive in its breadth, staggering in its implications. If you have been waiting for "Hands On, No Nonsense" material to help you understand the Lean Journey, Transforming Strategy into Success is it. Get started! Buy it! Use it! It works! I am now on my 6th "Lean Journey" and believe this is definitely a must read for my direct reports as this systematic approach will help you accomplish the initial steps on this journey in much less time."

    Dr. Willie P. Ozbirn, Director N. American Operations, Invensys Climate Controls 06/01/04

    "Economic Security for nations will come from Technology Development and Commercialization of Intellectual Property. This book does an excellent job explaining about the lean concept to help companies be better, faster, cheaper and different than their competition. It is a must read . . . especially for the governments who want to have freedom, prosperity and High Tech Brain Trust jobs for their people."

    Ilker Ike Bayraktar, Vice President, AeroVironment Inc. 06/01/04

    "The concepts and methodology described in Transforming Strategy into Success enabled us to achieve our growth and profit objectives. It is tremendous!"

    Matthias M. Rosenbaum, Former Managing Director, KS Kolbenschmidt, Germany 06/01/04

    "Outstanding. A wonderful methodology to apply lean principles to management systems and the total enterprise. It works."

    Steve Davis, Engineering Director, Visteon Corporation 06/01/04

    "…This book describes the elements of…another approach to meeting the needs of customers. Like every system, it requires overcoming resistance to change and will only work with desire by management to commit. Some organizations will find this a concrete and understandable way to improve, particularly in customer satisfaction and profitability. For them it is a valuable handbook."


    "It is not often I come across a book that has something new to say on the subject of Lean and change strategy...This is a practical, usable and insightful book on the subject of creating a lean enterprise. It's simply the best book on lean strategy you can buy. I keep this book close at hand."

    Stephen Parry, Founding Member, Transform4 Ltd., Visiting Fellow, LEI U.K. 05/23/05