Summary of Going Lean

How the Best Companies Apply Lean Manufacturing Principles to Shatter Uncertainty, Drive Innovation, and Maximize Profits

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Going Lean book summary
Use lean dynamics to thrive in chaotic conditions and maximize your value to your customer – even now, it works.


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People and organizations too often find that the very things they did to prepare for emergencies end up making their problems worse. Stephen A. Ruffa shows you how to use the “lean dynamics” approach to track “lag” within your operations and eliminate it before it harms your competitiveness and makes you less adaptable in a crisis. He explains how to determine where lag is hiding and how to root it out. He offers a solid plan for launching lean dynamics and getting everyone on board. Ruffa also explains how to measure and maximize value within the lean dynamics system, and tells you how to stay ahead of the “value curve.” Ruffa writes clearly and illustrates his principles by comparing Toyota and the Detroit automakers, Wal-Mart and Kmart, and Southwest and other major airlines. getAbstract recommends his book to anyone interested in learning about a new approach to business operations.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What lean dynamics is;
  • What a value curve is; and
  • How lean dynamics can help you maintain value, customer focus and stability amid market chaos.


Why You Need Lean Dynamics
Successful organizations are finely tuned to thrive under their ongoing economic and competitive conditions. But when those conditions radically and abruptly change, the organizations must adapt quickly or die. Can you prepare your company for sudden, extreme...
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About the Author

Aerospace engineer Stephen A. Ruffa developed the concept of lean dynamics while working for more than a dozen aerospace firms in U.S. Defense Department projects. He is the co-author of Breaking the Cost Barrier, which won the Shingo Prize for excellence in manufacturing research.

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