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Publisher's Summary

Lean, total quality management, and process improvement. If you're in the business world, you've undoubtedly heard these terms - from your supervisor, from a client, or from someone talking shop in the break room.

Perhaps you have a decent understanding of these concepts, or maybe you have absolutely no idea what they mean. What's most significant is that you know they are important, that they are not just business buzzwords. You understand that it is critical to your career that you understand these concepts - that's why you are here.

Now that you have realized the significance of the Lean business model and all the concepts, techniques, and philosophies that it brings to the table, where do you start in the learning process, you ask? Right here.

Don't get overwhelmed by the long books that simply have too much information and are impossible to follow. In the Lean QuickStart Guide, we will teach you what you need to know to get up and running with Lean.

You'll understand the fundamentals that form the Lean business model, so you can incorporate it into your business wheelhouse within hours.

Learning for academic purposes? We have you covered too. We will take an academic approach to the Lean business model as well as looking at real-world practical applications in the business environment.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2015 ClydeBank Media LLC (P)2015 ClydeBank Media LLC

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Precise, concise - lean

Exactly what I bargained for - a quick, fact-based explanation. I didn't expect or want a story or someone's aphorisms. I also admit I liked the reader's accent. Well worth the price and the time required to listen.

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Good introduction

What three words best describe Lucy Vest’s voice?

British, clean, understandable

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This is a great introduction to LEAN and definitely a doorway to wanting to know more about it.

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Quick, clear, concise

Enjoyed the quick overview and has given me several ideas as to which areas I should focus my learning of the Lean and Six Sigma principles.

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  • mj
  • 12-08-15

Ok content, poor narration

Ok content but really poor narration. the person has a strong accent and its almost as she rushes through reading to just get through the content. I wouldn't purchase again.

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  • Lisa B
  • Dallas, Texas. USA
  • 09-05-15

Great overview of Lean Manufacturing

This is the second book I've listened to by Clydebank Business on the topic of agile methods, project management techniques and related topics. I was sent a free review copy.

Clydebank's books are excellent bird's-eye views of the subject matter and this one is again accompanied by an included free PDF file to enhance the audio content. You don't need to actually have the PDF which contains some infographics and diagrams to hand but it is helpful and a nice touch.

Listening to this book will teach you what "lean manufacturing" means, why you might want to consider it as a business process and the advantages and disadvantages it offers. Lean manufacturing is in essence a philosophical approach to the elimination of wasteful practices and procedures as well as actual tangible and intangible waste such as excess stock and inventory management right through to sub-optimal procedures, meetings, documentation (or lack of it) and so on. Much of this stemmed from a system developed at Toyota and the book goes into some depth about this origination along with how this has led to many of the lean processes and practitioners using some Japanese terms - something which I personally find a barrier and in my opinion can lead to an impression of Lean as being a fad or fashion rather than a sound foundation on which to eliminate waste and improve inefficiency. The book tries to balance this Japanese-naming convention with a good exploration of the concepts behind the words.

It's a tricky thing to try and explore such a vast subject in just over an hour of audio but, well actually they do a good job of it. Lucy Vest's faultless narration arrives at a sensible pace and with the right intonation to stop you nodding off like a student in a sleepy afternoon algebra class and her accent is clear enough for all English speakers, whatever the continent, to understand - an important thing since the topic contains a fairly substantial amount of elements and they arrive in quite a torrent as you might expect from a "quick start guide".

If you have an interest in learning more about alternate ways to run or operate a manufacturing business then you should definitely start here and see if Lean fits with what you're thinking of achieving before diving further and deeper into this expansive area of efficiency methodology and thought processes. Even if you aren't in the manufacturing industry then you may well find a benefit in this commute-sized audiobook's proddings on how to think again about some of the things you do and why you do them.

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good

nice book to read on the basics of lean. voice bit too British for my taste

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Decent, if short.

Valid concepts. Was hoping to hear more about Six Sigma based on book description. Narrator and companion document were good.

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good overview

good overview as I have already been exposed to six sigma. I would recommend to anyone that their company or the company they work for is looking to implement a process improvement.

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Good Review for Anyone Studying Business

Would you listen to Lean QuickStart Guide again? Why?

Yes. The content in it is concise enough to not require a significant time investment while being easy to listen to and understand.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lucy Vest is my favorite character. I can listen to her voice all day. It's the kind of voice you listen to that's both relaxing and pleasant while conveying information. Bravo on the narrator choice.

Which scene was your favorite?

Philosophies and Kaizan

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

Nothing too extreme, though the narrator put a smile on my face. Have her do more of your audiobooks.

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I received a complimentary copy of this book from reddit in exchange for an objective review.

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Good Intro that Covers Lean Process

This book is a quick listen that teaches you about the lean process and more. I got some good ideas on how to apply the lean philosophy in my personal life.

The book provided good introduction on the Lean process and what drives this business model that originated at Toyota. The download guide mentioned was provided by Audible so it was very helpful to reference the different diagrams while listening.

I learned that the Lean philosophy can be utilized outside of manufacturing which was surprising to me as I only heard about lean and Six Sigma when I worked for a manufacturing company. After hearing the presentation I could see why it could be applicable to any organization. The 3 M’s (Muda, Mura and Muri) were discussed in jargon that was easy to understand. My big take away was the concepts presented in the elimination of waste (muda). Other take always that I got was the need for constant innovation and effecting positive change.

The narrator has a strong British accent and reads a little fast but I think it was suitable for a business book.

I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com