Beyond the Lean Office: A Novel on Progressing from Lean Tools to Operational Excellence

Beyond the Lean Office: A Novel on Progressing from Lean Tools to Operational Excellence

$29.95

Book Type/Pages: Paperback/124 Pages

Publisher: CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group (A Productivity Press book)

 

SKU: BP001-2016 | Weight: 0.4 lbs.

While more and more companies are aggressively pursuing Operational Excellence by employing Six Sigma, Lean, and other continuous improvement methods, the concept has yet to be defined in a way that can be easily taught and applied, especially in industries other than manufacturing. This book fills that need.

Summary

Beyond the Lean Office uses a compelling novel format to illustrate what it takes to create and sustain flow and Operational Excellence in the office. Readers learn as they follow the main character through his initial attempts to correct late responses to a primary customer and his evolution to an approach based on Operational Excellence. The story illustrates the day-to-day issues that most organizations face in their pursuit of Operational Excellence.

To achieve Operational Excellence, it takes more than just a strong leader with passion and drive. The key ingredient is practical knowledge that can be applied quickly and easily by following a process. This book supplies step-by-step guidance on how to move your office services from point A to point B. The practical insights and guidance presented here create a road map that can be shared with each employee to rapidly move your organization forward.

All chapters also include a From the Author section that shares authoritative insights on the topic at hand. After reading this book, you will understand how to design and create self-healing flow that provides reliable, predictable output in the office and operates without the need for management intervention to deliver the services provided by the office. Instead, management focuses on the activities that grow your enterprise. Complete with reflection questions and pictures of actual offices in each chapter, the book includes links to websites with more information about the topic at hand.

Features

  • Teaches readers how to create flow and Operational Excellence in the office by way of an easy-to-read story, where a main character is followed through his initial attempts to correct late responses to a primary customer and his evolution to an approach based on Operational Excellence
  • Provides, reflections questions and pictures of real-life offices will be shown at the end of each chapter for use in discussion and study
  • Demonstrates how to design and create self-healing flow that provides reliable, predictable output in the office and operates without the need for management intervention when something goes wrong

About the Author

Kevin J. Duggan has more than 30 years’ experience applying advanced Lean techniques to achieve Operational Excellence and is the author of three books on the subject: Design for Operational Excellence: A Breakthrough Strategy for Business Growth; Creating Mixed Model Value Streams; and The Office That Grows Your Business: Achieving Operational Excellence in Your Business Processes. A recognized authority on Operational Excellence, Kevin has contributed to publications such as Industry Week, Aviation Week, Food Engineering, Flow Control, Assembly, Lean Management Journal, and Plant Services and has appeared on CNN and the Fox Business Network. He is a frequent keynote speaker, master of ceremonies, and panelist at both public and private conferences globally and lectures graduate students in colleges throughout the United States.

124 Pages / 40 BW Illustrations
Author: Kevin J. Duggan
ISBN: 9781498712484

Table of Contents

Prologue

The Hornet’s Nest

The Investigation

The Game Plan
The Plan
Summary

The Old Friend

The Fateful Day

The Education, Part I
Takt and Takt Capability
Continuous Flow
FIFO (First In, First Out)
Workflow Cycles
Integration Events
Standard Work

The Education, Part II
Single-Point Initialization
Pitch
Changes in Demand

The Tour

Sharing the Knowledge

Bibliography

Index

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