The Remedy: Bringing Lean Thinking Out of the Factory to Transform the Entire Organization

  • 3h 19m
  • Pascal Dennis
  • John Wiley & Sons (US)
  • 2010

A powerful business fable that shows you how to spread Lean business practices to every function of your business

Pascal Dennis is a Lean business learner and practitioner who has written four books on the subject of Lean business practices. In The Remedy, he shows how Lean business practices can be expanded from manufacturing to all the other areas of your business-including design, engineering, sales, and marketing and all processes in between-and how doing so builds a more efficient organization at every level.

This story follows Tom Pappas and Rachel Armstrong, senior leaders at a desperate automotive company as they try to implement a Lean management system across an entire platform, the Chloe, a breakthrough "green" car. The future of the company is at stake. Can Tom and Rachel, supported by Andy Saito, a retired, reclusive Toyota executive, regain the trust and respect of the customer? Can a venerable but dying company implement Lean practices to every part of their business and learn a new, more effective way of managing?

  • Shows you how to use the Lean quality improvement method to fix not just a manufacturing system, but an entire company, including management, design, marketing, and supply chain
  • Written by Pascal Dennis, author of four books on Lean practices and winner of the coveted Shingo Prize for outstanding research contributing to operational excellence
  • Originally developed by Toyota, the Lean approach to quality improvement has gained a worldwide following and helped turn around enumerable struggling businesses

If your business is treading water-or sinking in the waves-The Remedy will show you how to put Lean processes to work in every functional area for long-term business survival and success.

About the Author

Pascal Dennis is the President of Lean Pathways Inc., a successful international consultancy, and the author of three previous books on Lean management, all of which have won the coveted Shingo Prize for outstanding research in the field of operational excellence. His clients include Fortune 500 companies like Kimberly- Clark, Lockheed Martin, and Magna International, as well as leading health care, construction, and financial services firms. Dennis learned the Toyota Business System in leadership positions at Toyota Cambridge, one of Toyota's best plants, and has worked with leading Toyota senseis in North America and Japan.

In this Book

  • The Remedy—Bringing Lean Thinking Out Of the Factory to Transform the Entire Organization
  • Preface
  • Motor City Sadness
  • Lotus Land
  • What Have I Learned?
  • How Will We Change Their Thinking?
  • Focus and Alignment— When You’re a Jet, You’re a Jet
  • Cluing into Chloe
  • A Trip to Boston to Dispel the Fog
  • Marketing—Leaning Out the Mad Men
  • Design and Engineering— Making Knowledge Flow
  • Nick Papas Falls into the Abyss
  • My Beautiful Mind—Leaning Out Our Supply Chain
  • Dealers, Spielers, and Concealers
  • Scylla and Charybdis
  • Be My Phenomena
  • References