Reinventing Lean

Reinventing Lean

Introducing Lean Management into the Supply Chain

1st Edition - August 14, 2006

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  • Author: Gerhard Plenert
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080465036
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123705174

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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

    Chapter 2: What is Supply Chain Management (SCM)?
    What is Management
    A Model
    A Strategy
    A Structure, The Managed, The Managing

    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?

    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
    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

    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 Management?
    What is a Technical Tool?
    Mapping the Process
    Identifying Improvements
    Some Success Stories
    Reviewing a Few Additional Examples of the Technical Tools

    Chapter 9: What are the measures of Lean Success?
    Why are the Lean Improvements So Dramatic?

    Part III: Creating a Lean Supply Chain Management Environment
    Chapter 10: How to create an integrated World Class Lean SCM environment
    How do the Principles and Goals of Lean and SCM Align?
    More Examples
    Industry’s Mandate

    Chapter 11: Developing a leading competitive edge using World Class Lean SCM
    Supply Chain Woes

Product details

  • No. of pages: 328
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2006
  • Published: August 14, 2006
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080465036
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123705174

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Gerhard Plenert

President, Institute of World Class Management

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President, Institute of World Class Management

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