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Publisher's Summary

In 12 new essays ranging from the provocative to the practical, and written specially for the second edition of Gemba Walks, author and management expert Jim Womack reflects on the past 30 years of lean and assesses the current state of lean today.

He also shares thoughts on how lean thinking and practice can continue to make the world a better place by gaining traction in areas such as government and health care, provides practical guidance for how leaders everywhere can realize the full benefits of a lean management system, and shares hope for continued improvement on the path to better work and more value.

Over the past 30 years, Womack has developed a method of going to visit the gemba at countless companies and keenly observing how people work together to create value. He has shared his thoughts and discoveries from these visits with the lean community through a monthly letter. With Gemba Walks, Expanded 2nd Edition, Womack has selected and reorganized his key letters and written 12 new essays.

Gemba Walks shares his insights on topics ranging from the application of specific tools to the role of management in sustaining lean as well as the long-term prospects for this fundamental new way of creating value. Hearing this book will reveal to listeners a range of lean principles as well as the basis for the critical lean practice of go see, ask why, and show respect.

©2013 Lean Enterprise Institute, Inc. (P)2014 Lean Enterprise Institute, Inc.

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  • KFV
  • Pembroke Pines, FL United States
  • 07-28-16

A great story, a great teacher, a great human been

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Dr.Woomak is not only a grean lean thinker but a great human been. his method to teach is simple and direct' love this man!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Gemba Walks, Expanded 2nd Edition?

When he explains his mistakes in the bike shop.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

made me a better person and a better professional

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A great book on history of Lean movement.

Both a selling and a history of Lean movement. I was looking for more of a how to, but I ended up more sold on this management method.

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Great essays!

first book I have read about this subject, there to many new terms to get used to, but great work on the essays that tell a very compelling story of the need to think about providing value for the customer, highly recommended.

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No Evidence To Support Claims

What disappointed you about Gemba Walks, Expanded 2nd Edition?

I believe Mr. Womack had a wonderful career as a consultant. In this book, he presents articles that he has written through his career for magazines and other publications. He offers many suggestions on what could have worked better on the job sites that he has visited, but there is no follow through to show what would happen if his ideas were ever implemented. In that way, the volume of text becomes meaningless. It is nearly all hypothetical conjecture sprinkled with occasional memories and lacking detail.

What was most disappointing about Jim Womack’s story?

I believe Mr. Womack had a wonderful career as a consultant. In this book, he presents articles that he has written through his career for magazines and other publications. He offers many suggestions on what could have worked better on the job sites that he has visited, but there is no follow through to show what would happen if his ideas were ever implemented. In that way, the volume of text becomes meaningless. It is nearly all hypothetical conjecture sprinkled with occasional memories and lacking detail.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator of this book has a certain tone and rhythm about his words. He seems tired and bored. In a way, it is similar to listening to Eore from Winnie-the-Poo; he is depressing.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I am disappointed in the time that I invested in this book.

Any additional comments?

Buy something else that has more substance and follow-through.

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A truly wonderful journey through the world..

...and work of Womack and the efforts to build a better world to work and live in!

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Necessary Book for Business

All the chapters / essays were good, but I especially liked the updates to the second edition.

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A Treasure! A marvelous Treasure

I listened to this book during several plane rides - on my way to Gemba Walks. I have Gemba Walked on 4 continents, this book is great and very true to life in manufacturing.

If I were teaching college students for Industrial, Manufacturing, or Systems Engineering majors...I would make sure this book was read.

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A milestone

I have read many books on the subject and this one is full of wizdom and knowledge. It serves as a good check list of key requirements on how to do Lean.

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  • Bri
  • Las Vegas!
  • 02-25-16

Dry

Oh. My. Goodness.

I love these kind of books, but this is so dry it couldn't hold my attention.

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