Editorial Reviews. From Library Journal. This provocative and highly readable book Toyota's Secret Weapon in the Global Car Wars That Is Now Revolutionizing World Industry - Kindle edition by James P. Womack, Daniel T. Jones. The Machine That Changed The World. James, Daniel, Daniel Roos. Introduction. This classic book explains the evolution of lean. Read The Machine That Changed the World PDF - The Story of Lean Production- - Toyota's Secret Weapon in the Global Car Wars That Is Now.

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Today, the industrial world is experiencing the most revolutionary change since Henry Ford's assembly line — which forever changed the way things are made. The Machine that Changed the World, published in , has been critically and James Womack, Daniel Jones and Daniel Roos demystified the Japanese. The machine that changed the world by James P. Womack, , Rawson Associates edition, in English.

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Designing the Future. The book describes the results of a 5-year research program during the 80's where they visited 90 factories around the world, comparing the performance of traditional mass production factories vs lean ones. The result is that lean manufacturers usually had better productivity, better quality, lower inventories and capital requirements, etc, the difference in the results was mostly explained by how "truly lean" a factory was, not everybody that called themselves lean or even where based in Japan, had good results.

One important thing I realized is that they split Lean in many parts manufacturing, product design, supply chain, customer relations, management and the one that is probably most applicable for software development is the part about product design, which is pretty close to the ideas around agile development.

I'm sure I can find more insights by researching this specific aspect of Lean.

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The management part, however, was the least sophisticated, which is expected, since they were at the beginning of the process. Much of the book predictions were dependent on macroeconomic trends and the regulatory situation of the time, I wonder if they would have changed their predictions or recommendations if they knew about the changes in world economics since that time.

In our presentations to industrial audiences, we often point out that the only sure thing about forecasts is that they are wrong. Which is why lean thinkers strive to reduce order-to-delivery times to such an extent that most products can be made to order and always try to add or subtract capacity in small increments.

Instead of a recession in , the most ebullient economy of the entire twentieth century charged ahead for five more years, into , extending a remarkable era in which practically anyone could succeed in business.

Given that the book was published years before our ideas were most needed, it's surprising how many readers took the advice in Lean Thinking seriously during the best of times. We have heard from readers across the world about their successes in applying its principles.

Once reality caught up with our forecast, and the recession of gave way to the financial meltdown of , reader interest surged. Indeed, Lean Thinking reappeared on the Business Week business-books bestseller list in —nearly five years after its launch and with no publicity campaign—an unprecedented event, according to our publishers.

Given clear evidence that readers are now finding Lean Thinking even more relevant in their business lives than when it was first published, we have decided to expand and reissue the book. In Part I we explain some simple, actionable principles for creating lasting value in any business during any business conditions.

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In Part III, we show how a relentless focus on the value stream for every product—from concept to launch and order to delivery, and from the upstream headwaters of the supply base all the way downstream into the arms of the customer—can create a true lean enterprise that optimizes the value created for the customer while minimizing time, cost, and errors. In the two new chapters of Part IVJ we bring the story of the continuing advance of lean thinking up-to-date.

We track the trend in inventory turns—the lean metric that cannot lie—across all industries, singling out one industry for special praise. We also track the progress of our profiled companies. We discover that as economies have gyrated, stock markets have crashed, and the poster companies of the s hailed in other business books have flown a ballistic trajectory, our lean exemplars—led by Toyota—have defied the fate of most firms featured in successful business books.

They have continued their methodical march from success to success and have done it the hard way by creating real and truly sustainable value for their customers, their employees, and their owners.

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Finally, in the concluding chapter, we share what we have ourselves learned since about lean thinking and its successful application by describing a range of new implementation tools. These begin with the concept of value stream mapping, which we have found to be a remarkable way to raise consciousness about value and its components, leading to action.

In revising the book we have corrected a few minor errors and omissions in the original text. However, we have been careful not to change the pagination.

We know that many organizations use Lean Thinking as a text to guide their change process, distributing copies widely and often including their distributors and suppliers. Thus we wanted to ensure that there will be no difficulty in interchanging the two editions. Today, nearly seven years after its publication, we are even more certain that lean thinking, as explained in Lean Thinking, is the single most powerful tool available for creating value while eliminating waste in any organization.

We hope that previous readers will use this new edition as an opportunity to renew their commitment to lean principles. And we especially hope that many new readers will discover a whole new world of opportunity. Value 2. The Value Stream 3. Flow 4. Pull 5. A Channel for the Stream; a Valley for the Channel Our objective was to send a wake-up message to organizations, managers, employees, and investors stuck in the old-fashioned world of mass production.

Machine presented a wealth of benchmarking data to show that there is a better way to organize and manage customer relations, the supply chain, product development, and production operations, an approach pioneered by the Toyota company after World War II. We labeled this new way lean production because it does more and more with less and less. As we started our travels across North America, then to Japan where many mass producers still reside and Korea, and on through Europe, we were greatly concerned that no one would listen.Donald L.

Given that the book was published years before our ideas were most needed, it's surprising how many readers took the advice in Lean Thinking seriously during the best of times.

Fujitsu, by contrast, decided that any repairs were wasteful, and lobbied British Midland International to replace its printers with more durable models. That was enough to attract a few industrial representatives to offer to sponsor a follow-up report. Fred Sanders Author: Jones recount the story of Fujitsu Services, a computer help line outsourcer handling calls from British Midland International airline staffers.

But they always remained focused on one key Toyota precept: muda.

Kaizen Express. Womack discovered this firsthand in the late s when he and a young colleague named Guy Parsons bought a near-moribund bicycle manufacturer named Merlin Metalworks as a test bed for lean manufacturing principles.