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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (996 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel T. Jones, James P. Womack Narrator: Daniel T. Jones, James P. Womack Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2003 ISBN: 9780743549400
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Expanded, updated, and more relevant than ever, the bestselling business classic by two internationally renowned management theorists shows how companies of any size in any industry can seize opportunities in the post-bubble economy.

Lean Thinking begins by helping listeners to identify value, asking, “what does the customer really want?” instead of “what can we try to convince the customer to accept?” Lean thinkers then identify the value stream—every step required to move a specific good or service from initial concept into the hands of the customer—for each product and ask if each step really creates value. Those that don’t—the great majority—are then removed, and the remaining steps are conducted in continuous flow at the pull of the customer, as the firm manages toward perfection. As a consequence, lead times, costs of all sorts, and defects shrink, while responsiveness to customer needs and selling prices increase.

In an economic downturn, many companies are searching desperately for a sustainable formula for renewed growth and success. Lean Thinking is that formula—a proven blueprint and specific action plan that will help any company stabilize its position and grow steadily while better serving its customers, employees, suppliers, and investors.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In their superb book Lean Thinking, James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones offer hard-hitting, practical principles on banishing waste and improving productivity in organizations...In the study of lean, few other publications, if any, can equal it.”

    Dr. Richard I. Lester, Dean of Academic Affairs, Eaker College for Professional Development, Air University

  • “An expanded version of a well-known guide...Womack and Jones offer a sweeping view of value from the customer’s perspective...[Lean Thinking] ought to be required listening for the new entrepreneur, especially if disciplined and conservative thinking is not a personal strength.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JT | 12/28/2013

    " Really not a bad book from a college perspective. The content is good but overwhelming in the last 25%. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 12/27/2013

    " Reduce waste. Great book if you think there is a lot of waste in business. Goes over some good concepts about where waste sneaks in and can get integrated into daily business. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nephi | 11/1/2013

    " Great book on learning about the origins and concepts of implementing lean concepts in your business. Very engaging. Uses six major case studies from Toyota, Porsche, and some lesser known companies. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tiff | 5/11/2013

    " Good for work, but definitely not a "read for fun" book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 4/12/2013

    " Excellent follow up to The Machine that Change the World. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 TQM Doctor | 3/12/2013

    " Womack and Jones refresh the basic lean concepts in the beginning of the book, which is the part I will refer to in the future. The remainder of the book expands on these concepts by illustrating them in myriad situation examples thus providing support for the ideas themselves. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krishna | 7/26/2012

    " Good case studies about implementing QFD. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johan Ekbom | 6/29/2012

    " Very good starter on the subject. Good examples and stories of real implementations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 5/4/2012

    " a little dry, but teaches the basics "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tyson Titensor | 4/12/2012

    " I wanted more actionable recommendations. Feels a bit dated and very targeted to large shops. The big picture ideas were helpful, but like so many business books I probably could have gotten the point by reading the wikipedia page. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob Wallner | 2/29/2012

    " The early bible, but I think doesn't focus on culture as should...focus on tools. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olli Helttula | 1/22/2012

    " Eye-opening. This should be mandatory reading to any business student, engineer or manager. While the examples in the book are related to manufacturing, the concept of lean thinking applies to anyone and everything. If you can not draw any parallels to your line of work - try harder! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew Macclary | 12/26/2011

    " Excellent book. Practical ideas for all different sizes and types of businesses. The author emphasizes applications of these lean organization principles across the globe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaylen | 12/21/2011

    " I am still in the process of reading this book, but so far, I am learning a lot of valuable information that I can put into practice at my store. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Schmeather | 4/8/2011

    " I am really getting into Lean Office/Manufacturing in my new job and love it!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Austin | 4/4/2011

    " Good for work. Fun? Not really. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christof Jans | 1/31/2011

    " A very thorough overview of lean processes and the background of it. It drove me to being an ambassador in lean thinking, in supply chain, as well as in marketing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 12/15/2010

    " Excellent book. Practical ideas for all different sizes and types of businesses. The author emphasizes applications of these lean organization principles across the globe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 11/6/2010

    " Mandatory reading from the boss. But not bad.
    'Course, pretty much all his examples involve bringing in a major Japanese guru, or someone who already went through a lean transition elsewhere with a major Japanese guru. Not a uniformly available option. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olli | 10/21/2010

    " Eye-opening. This should be mandatory reading to any business student, engineer or manager. While the examples in the book are related to manufacturing, the concept of lean thinking applies to anyone and everything. If you can not draw any parallels to your line of work - try harder! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 10/28/2009

    " Excellent follow up to The Machine that Change the World. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 3/23/2009

    " Reduce waste. Great book if you think there is a lot of waste in business. Goes over some good concepts about where waste sneaks in and can get integrated into daily business. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Schmeather | 1/26/2009

    " I am really getting into Lean Office/Manufacturing in my new job and love it!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 1/23/2009

    " a little dry, but teaches the basics "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tiff | 12/7/2008

    " Good for work, but definitely not a "read for fun" book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 TQM | 8/4/2008

    " Womack and Jones refresh the basic lean concepts in the beginning of the book, which is the part I will refer to in the future. The remainder of the book expands on these concepts by illustrating them in myriad situation examples thus providing support for the ideas themselves. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nephi | 4/5/2008

    " Great book on learning about the origins and concepts of implementing lean concepts in your business. Very engaging. Uses six major case studies from Toyota, Porsche, and some lesser known companies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaylen | 3/30/2008

    " I am still in the process of reading this book, but so far, I am learning a lot of valuable information that I can put into practice at my store. "

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About the Author

James P. Womack is the president and founder of the Lean Enterprise Institute, a nonprofit education and research organization based in Brookline, Massachusetts.

About the Narrator

Daniel T. Jones, founder and chairman of the Lean Enterprise Academy in the UK, is a senior advisor to the Lean Enterprise Institute, management thought leader, and mentor. He is the coauthor of The Machine that Changed the World and Lean Thinking: Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Organization. Jones advises organizations in different sectors on their lean transformations and mentors a dozen hospitals in the UK, Italy, and the US. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Sussex.