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
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