8/7/2008 | 1 MINUTE READ

Lean Manufacturing Book

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AMACOM (New York, NY)—the book publishing division of the American Management Association—offers a new book, Going Lean, that shows how the best companies apply lean manufacturing principles to shatter uncertainty, drive innovation and maximize profits.

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AMACOM (New York, NY)—the book publishing division of the American Management Association—offers a new book, Going Lean, that shows how the best companies apply lean manufacturing principles to shatter uncertainty, drive innovation and maximize profits. Stephen Ruffa is the originator of the concept of “Lean Dynamics,” which combines the traditional improvement techniques of Lean and Six-Sigma with strategic analysis of the interrelationships of decisions over time and across business functions. He is an expert in cost control with more than 18 years experience in the design, manufacture, test and in-service support of complex aerospace vehicles. He sets aside the notion that efficient operations and powerful innovations are only possible when business is steady and demand is growing. Instead, companies must learn that sudden shifts or unpredictable conditions need not undermine their results. Led by a new breed of companies—Toyota, Wal-Mart, and Southwest Airlines—a powerful, yet unexpected mindset is reshaping the rules for business competitiveness. In Going Lean, readers will learn how to: • Rethink business right down to the very goals of the organization • Become effective in creating and sustaining value • Set a critical foundation for achieving sustained excellence • Describe the underlying techniques to maintain steady and predictable flow • Deliver industry-leading returns
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