Summary of The Lean Book of Lean

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Supply-chain consultant John Earley argues that your people make or break your firm’s transformation into an organization that “maximizes flow” and is “customer demand-driven.” Using informal language, Earley outlines commonsense do’s and don’ts for your Lean journey. He rambles a bit through this potpourri of helpful ideas, and concludes his guide with an excellent glossary. getAbstract recommends Earley’s overview to consultants and business practitioners who are learning about Lean, operational excellence and continuous improvement.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to apply simple Lean principles, tools and techniques;
  • How “the Lean mind-set” can help you attain success and sustainability; and
  • How partnerships with other Lean businesses can help you achieve great results.

About the Author

John Earley is a founding partner of SmartChain International and a consultant to large companies undergoing supply chain transformations. He formerly held positions at Rolls Royce Aero Engines, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and AstraZeneca.



“Core Lean Principles”

Your most important Lean manufacturing objective is to achieve more with less by following these “principles”:

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    Valeriy Mitrokhin 10 months ago
    I wondered whether John-Earley worked in supply companies, or he seemed to be a theorist

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