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Gemba Walks

release date: Jan 01, 2013
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Gemba Walks
In 12 new essays, ranging from the provocative to the practical and written specially for the second edition of Gemba Walks author and management expert Jim Womack reflects on the past 30 years of lean, and assesses the current state of lean today. He also shares thoughts on how lean thinking and practice can continue to make the world a better place by gaining traction in areas such as government and healthcare, provides practical guidance for how leaders everywhere can realize the full benefits of a lean management system, and shares hope for continued improvement on the path to better work and more value. Over the past 30 years, Womack has developed a method of going to visit the gemba at countless companies and keenly observing how people work together to create value. He has shared his thoughts and discoveries from these visits with the lean community through a monthly letter. With Gemba Walks second edition, Womack has selected and re-organized his key letters, as well as written 12 new essays. Gemba Walks shares his insights on topics ranging from the application of specific tools, to the role of management in sustaining lean, as well as the long-term prospects for this fundamental new way of creating value. Reading this book will reveal to readers a range of lean principles, as well as the basis for the critical lean practice of: go see, ask why, and show respect.

Gemba Walks, 2nd Ed.

release date: Oct 22, 2013
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Gemba Walks, 2nd Ed.
In 12 new essays, ranging from the provocative to the practical and written specially for the second edition of Gemba Walks author and management expert Jim Womack reflects on the past 30 years of lean, and assesses the current state of lean today. He also shares thoughts on how lean thinking and practice can continue to make the world a better place by gaining traction in areas such as government and healthcare, provides practical guidance for how leaders everywhere can realize the full benefits of a lean management system, and shares hope for continued improvement on the path to better work and more value. Over the past 30 years, Womack has developed a method of going to visit the gemba at countless companies and keenly observing how people work together to create value. He has shared his thoughts and discoveries from these visits with the lean community through a monthly letter. WithGemba Walkssecond edition, Womack has selected and re-organized his key letters, as well as written 12 new essays. Gemba Walks shares his insights on topics ranging from the application of specific tools, to the role of management in sustaining lean, as well as the long-term prospects for this fundamental new way of creating value. Reading this book will reveal to readers a range of lean principles, as well as the basis for the critical lean practice of: go see, ask why, and show respect.

Seeing the Whole Value Stream, 2nd Ed.

release date: Oct 24, 2011
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Seeing the Whole Value Stream, 2nd Ed.
Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award recipientWhen the first edition of Seeing the Whole was published in 2003, the world was in a mad rush to outsource and offshore in pursuit of suppliers with drastically lower piece prices. Today the situation is very different; currencies have shifted, labor costs in many low-wage countries have risen, and the potential for squeezing further price reductions from suppliers is largely exhausted. What’s more, high product quality and rapid response to changing customer demands have proved elusive along unwieldy, opaque supply chains. Seeing the Whole Value Stream provides managers with a proven method for understanding and improving the value-creating process that suppliers share with customers. By identifying all the steps and time required to move a typical product from raw materials to finished goods, the authors show that nearly 90 percent of the actions and 99.9 percent of the time required for the supply chain's current state create no value. In addition, the method clearly shows demand amplification of orders as they travel up the supply chain, steadily growing quality problems, and steadily deteriorating shipping performance at every point up stream from the customer. Applying the method to a realistic example, the authors show how four firms sharing a value stream can create a win-win-win-win future in which everyone, including the end consumer, can be better off. The workbook goes step-by-step through an improvement process that converts the traditional supply chain of isolated, compartmentalized operations into an ideal future-state value stream in which value flows from raw materials to customer in just 6 percent of the time previously needed. The dramatically improved value stream also eliminates unnecessary transport links, inventories, and handoffs, the key drivers of hidden connectivity costs. The information in the 108-page book is supported by multiple diagrams, charts, and maps. The main sections of the book are: Getting Started The Current-State Map The Extended Value Stream Future States 1 & 2 Ideal State Perspectives on Extended Value Streams: 5 essays In response to feedback asking for examples in other sectors and questions about how to understand supply chain costs more accurately, five essays have been added to the book for this new edition. These essays demonstrate how real companies have taken on the challenge of improving their extended value streams working in collaboration with their suppliers and customers. The new essays for the book are: Spreading value-stream thinking from manufacturers to final customers through service providers—extending the wiper example. This extends the value-stream analysis in the first edition—using the same example of a windshield wiper—through the auto service system to the end customer. Applying extended value-stream thinking to retail—a look at the Tesco story. This follows the path of an individual product through a complex retail channel from manufacturer to end customer. Learning to use value-stream thinking collaboratively with suppliers and customers. This essay demonstrates how a second-tier supplier convinced much larger partners to embrace collaborative thinking about their shared value stream. Product costing in value-stream analysis. An essay on adding realistic costing to value streams to more accurately understand total cost. Seeing and configuring the global value stream. This essays shows how a manufacturer can analyze all of the value streams in a complex supply network.

From One Man's Heart

release date: Dec 01, 2007
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From One Man's Heart
"Pain and Suffering are inevitable, but misery is optional." I once saw this motivational statement on a running shirt. I liked it and subscribed to it during my time as an ultra marathoner. When I reunited with my sweetheart from 1967 and married her in 2005, I began to understand that phrase in a new and challenging way. Harriette Burnette and I met and enjoyed a love affair in the summer of 1967. We lost touch and lived separate lives for thirty-eight years. During that time we lived very different and challenging lives. She suffered through a series of painful family and personal losses while raising two children on her own. I fought battles with depression, alcoholism, and professional dissatisfaction. Ultimately, after thirty-two years, my marriage ended in a divorce as well. During our separate, but incredibly similar experiences in life, we each held the belief that life still had something special in store for us. In 2005, through a series of unusual events, I made contact with Harriette after a thirty-eight year hiatus. Our subsequent reunion, courtship, and marriage made us believe that a power greater than ourselves worked in our lives to fill our needs and work miracles for us. Little did we know that, when we said, "I do" on that cold day in 2005, we were about to hop on one of life's most frantic, harrowing, and unimaginable rides. We both discovered the true meaning of pain as well as suffering and learned how our reactions to life's challenges can forever change lives. We took the pain and suffering, but we decided that misery just could not be an option. Jim Womack is a native of Botetourt County, Virginia and a graduate of Virginia Tech, where he studied Civil War History under the noted historian Dr. James I Robertson. Jim taught history at James River High School in Botetourt County for twenty-eight years before retiring in 2003. From 2000 until 2005, he trained for and ran many ultra marathons in central Virginia and elsewhere as well as traveled and backpacked around the western United States. In 2005, he reunited with his sweetheart from 1967 and entered a new and wonderful life with his new bride, Harriette. Shortly afterward, he learned that he had cancer and that his life would drastically change. Together, Jim and Harriette enjoy the providential love which they have found and continue to work together to build a special home for themselves and their families. As more and more people heard their remarkable story of love lost and love regained, Jim decided to write down their story and share their marvelous journey as a tribute to their individual and collective triumphs over disease and disappointment. In addition to From One Man's Heart, Jim also published a collection of student bloopers entitled When Misquotes Bit You. He is in the process of writing short stories about his youth in Botetourt County, his outdoor experiences, and his new life in Northern Virginia with Harriette. He plans to release one new volume each year.

Womack on Lean Management

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release date: Jan 01, 2010
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Seeing the Whole Value Stream, 2nd Ed.

release date: Jan 01, 2011
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Seeing the Whole Value Stream, 2nd Ed.
In this groundbreaking sequel to The Gold Mine, authors Michael and Freddy Ballé present a compelling story that teaches readers the most important lean lesson of all: how to transform themselves and their workers through the discipline of learning the lean system.The Lean Manager: A Novel of Lean Transformation reveals how individuals can go beyond the short-term gains from tools, and realize a deeper, sustainable path of improvement. Full of human moments that capture the excitement and drama of lean implementation, as well as clear explanations of how tools and systems go hand-in-hand, this book will teach and inspire every person working to make lean a reality in their organization today.

The Work of Management

release date: Jan 20, 2017
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When Misquotes Bit You-- History Comes Unraveled

release date: Jan 01, 2004
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9th North American Colloquium on Domestic Animal Cytogenetics and Gene Mapping

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release date: Jan 01, 1995
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Oracle 9i

release date: Jan 01, 2003
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