There is some good content here. I suppose. There's got to be, because Womack's work has been so influential with very smart people.
BUT, this is the best example I know of why you want a professional reader. Womack's narration is like a lethargic robotic toad reading aloud a tax return form. And I think this abridgement misses some of the good stuff. I was very motivated to learn about Lean Thinking, but still I could hardly listen to it. Avoid.
Womacks voice is possibly the worst narration I have come across. The information is exceptional, but is almost impossible to assimilate because of his voice. If ever there was an argument for authors hiring professional readers, it is this book.
I have been part of supply chain management software support of a long time now and have gone through the various phases mentioned in the book. I've developed software to "optimize" the islands of production described and worked with others who would seek to "optimize" safety stocks. All because the process is broken -- we don't look at the entire value chain.
This is a must listen (probably to be followed up with a must-read book) for those seeking to transform their business or establish a new business.
My favorite passage is thoughts on low cost geographies and where to position fabrication facilities. The only time (according to the author) it makes sense to location production in low cost geographies? The product is overwhelmingly ruled by cost *AND* there is sufficient stability to create very accurate forecasts. Even then, you must consider exhange rate variances and political (here and abroad) variances.
Overall, this is an excellent listen. Additional literature is available, but I haven't found any follow-up listens on audible.com.
I don't like audio books that don't cover the entire book. This is one of those audio books that you can't follow with the book
Probably one of the top audiobooks. The production value is good enough for what its worth. The tone of the author's voice actually keeps you interested. Its not very dry or droning.
Its not a story, so I would say I liked the examples and the description of how it applies to other industries not just manufacturing.
Nothing really. The stories are straight forward both in the book and the audio.
I had to take it in doses. Not because of the content but because of the amount of information. I really had to listen, stop, process and realize how these tools applied to me and my business.
Applicability to a small service oriented business is difficult, but like any good education--sometimes you have to think out of the box. Worthwhile read/listen.
Different Characters, NON-Monotone reading, Anything!
No, because I have listened to "The Goal" by Eliyahu Goldratt, Thank God!
This book is high level. If you want to understand lean read The Goal. I really didn't gain anything from this book. I also found Womack's voice hard to listen to. Between not gaining any value added information and that fact this was hard for me to listen to I scored this one star.
I think it was a mistake to have the author read his book. He has the inflexion of a seasoned businessman who is talking to you at a bar. He is believable but still not a professional voice reader. The content itself is interesting but I think it changes focus and style enough to be distracting. It may go from explaining Japanese-inspired business principles to extremely detailed descriptions of the smelting of bauxite. It made me wonder if the book was aimed to general readership or only to executives that own manufacturing plants. But some interesting information can be extracted.