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Tools to Sustain Lean Conversions



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Creating a Lean Culture: Tools to Sustain Lean Conversions by David Mann
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The new and revised edition of this modern day classic provides the critical piece that will make any lean transformation a dynamic continuous success. It shows you how to implement a transformation that cannot fail by developing a culture that will have all your stakeholders involved in the process and invested in the outcome. It will teach you how to build success from the top down and the bottom up at the same time. If you are a leader at any level in an organization undergoing or considering a lean transformation, this is where you should start and finish ! and start again. Praise for the First Edition of the Shingo Prize Winning International Bestseller...! an excellent review of one of the most common implementation issues in a lean transformation -- the essential day to day work practices of team leaders/supervisors/value stream managers that enable the lean system. -- George Koenigsaecker, President, Lean Investments, LLC ...reprinted seven times The purpose of lean systems is to make problems glaringly obvious. If implementation does not include standard leadership and cultural support systems to constantly address problems, the point of the system is missed. Many books address lean tools and initial conversion, but if you want the system to stick, read David's book. --Robert (Doc) Hall, Editor-In-Chief, Target, Association for Manufacturing Excellence being translated into Russian, Thai, and Chinese! Mann's book is an excellent start toward Lean Leadership as 'process-dependent' rather than 'person-dependent' in style. --Ross E. Robson, Executive Director, Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing Now empowered with five more years of accumulated knowledge and experience, David Mann's seminal work: Offers new insights on applications of lean management in administrative, technical, and professional environments Provides new guidance on how to begin implementing lean management in discrete manufacturing, office, and process manufacturing environments. Details specifics on how to engage executives through gemba walks* Shows the difference between measuring improvement through results and through processes Adds new case studies throughout Expands the lean management assessment based on actual use, and now offers up two separate versions (both available online) one for manufacturing and one for administrative, technical, and professional settings *In a gemba walk, a teacher, or sensei, and student walk the production floor. The teacher asks the student to tell what he or she sees and, depending on the answer, asks more questions to stimulate the student to think differently about what is in front of him or her. This includes learning to see what is not there!Gemba walks often include assignments to act on what the student has come to see. !

Table of Contents

Introduction Section 1 What Is the Lean Management System? Principal Elements of Lean Management 1 The Missing Link in Lean: The Management System Developing a Lean Culture Don't Wait-Start Now! Lean Management Focuses on Process Parallel Implementations of Lean Production and Lean Management Changing from conventional mass production Getting rid of the "do whatever it takes!" approach Lean Processes Need Lean Management Focusing on the Process Produces Results Measuring the Process against Expected Outcomes How Can You Recognize Culture? Overcoming Cultural Inertia New Settings with Old Habits Won't Work How to Change Your Culture Extinguishing Versus Breaking Habits Make Sure You Don't Slip Back into These Old Habits! Summary: Technical and Management Sides Need Each Other 2 The Lean Management System's Principal Elements The Principal Elements of Lean Management Lean Elements Need to Work Together Execution Is Key to Lean Management Implementing Lean Management: Where to Begin? Start with Visual Controls When Implementing Leader Standard Work First Can Work Leader Standard Work in Automated Production Environments Does Lean Management Apply in Process Industries? Process Focus in Process Production Summary: Four Principal Elements of Lean Management 3 Standard Work for Leaders Leader Standard Work Is Process Dependent Leader Standard Work as Interlocking Layers Leader Standard Work Shows What to Do-and What Not to Do.0 Leader Standard Work Should Be Layered from the Bottom Up What Does Leader Standard Work Cover? Team Leaders Supervisors Value Stream Managers Form and Format for Leader Standard Work The Role of Training for Lean Implementation Summary: Leader Standard Work Is Element Number 1 of Lean Management 4 Visual Controls Visual Controls Focus on Process and Actual Performance A Variety of Tools to Visually Monitor Processes Hour-by-Hour Production Tracking Charts How Visual Controls Enforce Discipline Job-by-Job Tracking Charts Priority Board Hourly Status Completion Heijunka Between-Process Tracking Noncyclical Process Tracking Maintaining Visual Trackers and Acting on the Information They Provide Benefits of Using Simple Visual Controls Instead of More Sophisticated IT Accuracy Versus Precision of Visual Information Proximity of Visual Controls Flexibility of Visual Controls Visual Controls and the "Fingerprint Factor" The Power of Networks Intangible Benefits of Visual Controls Summary: Visual Controls and the Data for Lean Management 5 Daily Accountability Process How Batch Production Differs from Lean Three Tiers of Daily Meetings Tier One: Team Leader and Production Crew Tier Two: Supervisor and Team Leaders The Red Dot, Green Dot Convention Day-to-Day Project Management Tier Three: Value Stream Leader with Supervisors and Support Groups Daily Accountability Exposes and Solves Problems Quickly Further Note on Task Assignments and Follow-Up It's Not about the Boards! The "Vacation Paradox" and Capacity for Improvement Accountability in Office Processes Summary: Daily Accountability Improves Processes 6 Lean in Administrative, Technical, and Professional Work Lean Management in Enterprise Business Processes Resistance: Accountability and Visual Controls Enterprise Value Streams and Their Political Environment Organizational Governance for Enterprise Value Streams Summary Section 2 Learning Lean Management and Production: Supporting El ements of Lean Management 7 Learning Lean Management: The Sensei and Gemba Walks1 Your Sensei and "True North" Provide Direction Gemba Walking Gemba Walking Teaches How to See in New Ways Being the Sensei: Gemba Walking Your Executives Go to the Place, Look at the Process, Talk with the People Gemba Walking as a Structured, Repeatable Process Summary: Learning Lean Management by Being a Sensei's Apprentice 8 Leading a Lean Operation Nine Leadership Behaviors to Learn Attribute 1: Passion for Lean Willingness to Make Personal Change Attribute 2: Disciplined Adherence to Process- Accountability Attribute 3: Project Management Orientation Attribute 4: Lean Thinking Lean Thinking Looks for the Sources of Problems Attribute 5: Ownership Attribute 6: Tension between Applied and Technical Details Attribute 7: Balance between Production and Management Systems Attribute 8: Effective Relations with Support Groups Attribute 9: Don't Confuse Measures of Process w/ Measures of Results A Measure of Process or Result? Frequency of Observation Lean Leaders Recognize Imperfection Summary: Consistent Leadership Is the Crucial Ingredient in Lean Operations 9 Solving Problems and Improving Processes-Rapidly A Root Cause Orientation to Problem Solving Workarounds Are Anti-Improvement A New Way of Thinking Should Perfection Be a Goal? Structured Problem Solving Process Who Makes Improvements? Short-, Medium-, and Longer-Term Improvements Recommending Future Improvements Managing Improvement Activities Improvement Resources and Skills A Rapid Response System Support Groups Must Keep Pace with Production Summary: Finding the Root Cause of Problems Is Key 10 People-Predictable Interruption; Source of Ideas Who Do I Expect Today? The Attendance Matrix Who Starts Where Today? The Labor and Rotation Plan Completing the Labor Planning Suite Who Is Qualified for Which Jobs? How Can I Encourage Participation? The Idea System Who Will Work on Suggested Improvements? A Visual Improvement Suggestion Process Making Listening Visible Lean Training for Line Leaders Where Conventional Training Fits In What If Production People Don't Buy into Lean? Responding to Low Performers Human Resources Policy Issues in Lean Management Summary: Resolving People Issues to Support Lean Production and Lean Management 11 Sustain What You Implement You Already Have a Management System! What Should You Do? Rely on Leader Standard Work Maintain the Visual Controls Conduct Gemba Walks Regularly Keep Yourself Honest Assess Your Lean Management System Details of the Lean Management System Assessment Conducting an Assessment When Should You Assess? Who Should Assess? Interpreting the Assessment Keep Asking These Questions! A Lean Culture Is a Beautiful Thing Summary: Maintaining Lean Management Appendix A Appendix B Glossary Bibliography Index The Author

Author Biography

David Mann is currently the principal of David Mann Lean Consulting. During a 21-year career with Steelcase, Mann developed and applied the concepts of a Lean management system. In his service with the company, he supported 40+ Lean value stream transformations, as well as developing and leading an internal team that completed over 100 successful office and product development Lean business process conversions. Mann's teaching and coaching experience includes Lean transformation in manufacturing, enterprise business processes, and healthcare organizations. His practice includes Lean and Lean management implementation in production and enterprise business processes, troubleshooting stalled Lean initiatives, as well as frequent training and speaking engagements on Lean management. Mann is the author of Creating a Lean Culture: Tools to sustain Lean Conversions. Awarded the Shingo Prize in 2006, the book is now in its eighth printing, and is being translated into Chinese, Russian, and Thai. Mann serves as a Shingo Prize examiner and assessor for the Honda Lean Network. He is a member of the Saint Mary's Healthcare Lean Transformation Advisory Board in Grand Rapids, Michigan and is an invited contributor to FrontiersaofaHealthaServicesaManagement. Mann is a frequent contributor to and member of the editorial board of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence's publication Target, edits Target's Single Point Lessons feature, and also serves on the board of AME's Great Lakes Region. He is a faculty member in the Operations Management program at the Fisher College of Business, Ohio State University. Mann is an organizational psychologist, earning his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in 1976.
Release date Australia
March 17th, 2010
Country of Publication
United States
2nd Revised edition
30 black & white illustrations, 17 black & white tables
Productivity Press
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