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A Factory of One : Applying Lean Principles to Banish Waste and Improve Your Personal Performance

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Title: A Factory of One : Applying Lean Principles to Banish Waste and Improve Your Personal Performance
Author: Daniel Markovitz
ISBN: 0367480115 / 9780367480110
Format: Hard Cover
Pages: 177
Publisher: Productivity Press
Year: 2020
Availability: In Stock
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Most business readers have heard of the Lean principles developed for factories - a set of tools and ideas that have enabled companies to dramatically boost quality by reducing waste and errors - producing more while using less. Yet until now, few have recognized how relevant these powerful ideas are to individuals and their daily work. Every person at a desk, drafting table, workstation, or operating table must (like a factory) deal with the challenge of reducing the waste that creeps into their work. The same Lean principles that have improved efficiencies on the factory floor can be just as powerful - in fact, far more so - in helping individuals boost personal performance.

A Factory of One: Applying Lean Principles to Banish Waste and Improve Your Personal Performance describes how you can foster a new mindset and improve your performance by applying Lean methods to your work. It translates powerful Lean tools such as visual management, flow, pull, 5S, and kaizen to your daily work, revealing how they can help to improve efficiency, reduce waste, and link you ever more closely to customer value. This practice will help you develop better self-awareness, more disciplined problem-solving skills, and the ability to self-correct errors.

This book not only provides the tools, but also teaches you how to find the root causes underlying your inefficiencies so you can eliminate them permanently. It will enable you to immediately improve personal productivity while developing the skills needed for continuous improvement. It includes real-world examples that illustrate how these principles have been successfully applied across a range of industries. Providing the perfect mix of what-to-do with why-to-do it, the text details a step-by-step approach to applying Lean principles to your work.

Introduction
Acknowledgments

Chapter 1 : What’s Your Job?

  • Why Is It So Tough to Create Value?
  • What the Heck Is Your Work, Anyway?
  • Going to the Gemba
  • What’s It All About?
  • Next Steps
  • Notes

Chapter 2 : Spotting Value, Spotting Waste

  • Allison’s Story
  • Introducing 5S
  • What Is Information 5S?
  • A Lesson from the Chefs
  • Applying 5S to Information
  • The $14 Million Check
  • The Desktop
  • The Absurdity of Out of Sight, Out of Mind
  • Frequency-Based Organization
  • But First
  • Translating the Concept to Electronics
  • E-mail: The Problem Child
  • Back to Allison
  • Systemic Information 5S
  • Remember, It’s a Means to an End
  • Next Steps
  • Notes

Chapter 3 : Flow

  • Flow
  • Daily Work Processes
  • Routine Work: Your Job Requires More than Just Creative Genius (Unfortunately)
  • Transforming the Creative into the Transactional
  • Next Steps
  • Notes

Chapter 4 : Visual Management

  • Introduction
  • What Is Visual Management?
  • The Irony of Out of Sight, Out of Mind
  • Why All Those To-Do Lists Don’t Work
  • Living in the Calendar
  • The Calendar as Kanban
  • The Calendar and the Task Pad
  • Caution: Don’t Treat Your Calendar Like Your Gas Tank
  • The Old Movies Had It Right
  • Sometimes a Little Inventory Is Okay
  • Of Course, Life Never Goes According to Plan
  • Assessing Personal Production Capacity
  • But, What If You’re Allergic to Calendars?
  • The Simpler Method: The Personal Kanban
  • Four Easy Steps
  • The Incredibly Flexible Kanban
  • Other Types of Visual Management
  • Reflexive versus Cognitive Systems
  • Reducing Ambiguity
  • Next Steps
  • Notes

Chapter 5 : From Bad to Good, and From Good to Great

  • Like an Air Traffic Controller
  • The Twin Pillars of Kaizen
  • Standardized Work
  • Creative Types Need Standard Work, Too
  • Creating Mental Capacity for Improvement
  • Now, It’s Your Turn: Step 1
  • What Is Your Problem? Your Real Problem?
  • Five Whys
  • Your Turn: Step 2
  • Implementing Improvement: A3 Thinking
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Notes
  • Conclusion
  • Endnotes

Conclusion
Index

 
 
 
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