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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
  • ©2008 Stephen A. Ruffa; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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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.

    47 of 52 people found this review helpful

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    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...

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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    no concrete information.

    a rather empty survey of what author calls lean dynamics. he refered to a few of othrr lean books which are more worthy od reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    Insights in manufacturing philosophy

    A must read, takes lessons from history and explains it to us all. The reasons of successes and failures of companies in aerospace, auto
    airlines and retail.

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    • 08-12-13

    the Voice it is not

    Would you try another book written by Stephen A. Ruffa or narrated by Jim Bond?

    I would listen to another or possible buy the book

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    A lot. the voice was so Droll and on a subject that's not full of excitment it's just pain full. it was like being in the longest drollest lecture I'd ever been in... and I only got 20 mins in.

    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    not really

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful