Most books on Supply Chain Management simply focus on how to move materials and key resources throughout an industrial enterprise. Reinventing Lean shows how SCM can be made “Lean,” leading to much more reliable, cost-effective and competitive Supply Chain Management” (SCM). In this book, the reader will find a collection of management tools that will help to implement Lean principles, and to understand the components of an integrated Supply Chain Management system. Moreover, the book will show that to make Lean SCM effective, both the functional management tools as well as an enterprise-wide cultural readiness are needed in order to lay the groundwork for a World Class Lean Supply Chain. Reinventing Lean will carefully lead engineers and manufacturing managers on how to adopt a cutting-edge Lean Supply Chain strategy. The book will lay out various proven approaches to incorporating Lean and SCM practices, by focusing on the ways in which SCM relates to materials, money, and information movement within the manufacturing environment. And because Reinventing Lean recognizes that a successful Lean SCM system cannot be achieved unless an organization supports team integration and the willingness to adapt to change, it provides not only the technical tools but also methods for changing company cultural factors that can make it all come together for a successful operation.

Key Features

* Industrial engineers and plant managers, with strong backgrounds in SCM, will learn how lean management principles can be utilized to make their organizations leaner, more efficient, and more competitive * Readers will find out how to lay out various approaches to incorporating Lean and SCM practices * Readers can learn how to customize a cutting-edge Lean Supply Chain strategy which will give a distinct advantage over the competition


Industrial engineers and lean implementation leaders, Reliability Engineers, Maintenance Engineers, Technicians, Mechanical Engineers,Top and middle managers responsible for lean implementation and bottom-line results,Manufacturing, design, and quality engineers

Table of Contents

Part I: Integrating Supply Chain Management Chapter 1: What is a Supply Chain? Introducing the First Article Lab Defining the Supply Chain A Little History Summary Chapter 2: What is Supply Chain Management (SCM)? What is Management Goals A Model A Strategy A Structure, The Managed, The Managing Education Summary Chapter 3: What are the tools of SCM? Meeting PPI, Inc. SCM Tools Chapter 4: What are the measures of a successful SCM? The Role and Purpose of Measures Some Examples of Measures The Role and Purpose of Control Systems An Industry Example – Managing Your Supply Chain Using Event Management What is the Best Measure for Your Organization? Summary Chapter 5: What does it take to create a World Class Supply Chain Environment? World Class Part II: Developing a Lean Environment Chapter 6: What is Lean? Defining Lean Change The Facilitator Lean Tools How the Lean Process Works Summary Comments Chapter 7: What are the Acceptance tools of Lean Management? What is an Acceptance Tool? Some Success Stories Reviewing a Few Examples of Acceptance Tools Wrap-up Appendix 7-A: The JoHari Window Assessment Test Appendix 7-B: The Values System Survey Appendix 7-C: The PA-PT Survey Appendix 7-D: The Situational Leadership Survey Chapter 8: What are the Technical tools of Lean Manag


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About the author

Gerhard Plenert

President, Institute of World Class Management