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.
This audiobook is not the full book. There are missing some important chapter from the book. The audio is not good, The author is a good writer but not as good narrater
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
I like this version more than the hard book because the 2nd half of the book is only 2 chapters and gets to the point. The audio also combines two chapters into one (chap 11+ 15). However, the hard book has the examples, so if you want to see the lessons taught here in action, you will want the hard book.
Lots of information, I had to listen to chapters many times to fully understand the concepts. All of the information was pertinent though and clearly expressed, just hard to wrap your head around.
This book is very rich in TPS concepts. A total beginner in Lean Management may start with The Remedy by Dennis Pascal or 2 second Lean and then this book. Great book, it's contents can make and save business owners money, as well as make customers happy.