Going Lean

  • by Stephen A. Ruffa
  • Narrated by Jim Bond
  • 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Going Lean 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. By using Lean Dynamics - based on the now famous Toyota Production System - companies everywhere can thrive in virtually any environment.In Going Lean, listeners will learn how to:
Become broadly effective in creating and sustaining value

Set a critical foundation for achieving sustained excellence

Identify sources of lag and create robust value streams that thrive in today's dynamic conditions

Describe the underlying techniques to maintain steady and predictable flow

Create a system based on "pull", or external demand that consistently introduces new innovation even during severe downturns

Strive for perfection

Deliver industry-leading returns

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Customer Reviews

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Boring, boring, boring

This author repeats himself over and over again, throughout the book, throughout the chapters, until you finally decide to stop listening. Basically this book provides some vague notions about lean dynamics and is referencing Southwest Airlines and Toyota in every paragraph - without actually touching any specifics. Honestly, this book was a waste of my time and I would not recommend it to anyone.
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- Van

Lean Business speak....hard to follow

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I have read almost every book on LEAN and this one makes a few points but is really hard to follow and apply to the every day running of a business.


What was most disappointing about Stephen A. Ruffa’s story?

No real applicable take aways...


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- Texfiddler "Photographer at large"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-02-2008
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio