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Going Lean


Jim Johnson gives “Going Lean” 4 out of 5 CHAOS butterflies. Going Lean:How the Best Companies Apply Lean Manufacturing Principles to Shatter Uncertainty, Drive Innovation and Maximize Profits was written by Stephen A. Ruffa. This book outlines the lean management strategies of Toyota, Wal-Mart, and Southwest Airlines and compares them against their competitors and their not so lean strategies. The author presents his views on how going lean can create value, improve customer service and promote innovation. The publisher writes lean sets aside the notion that efficient operations and powerful innovations are only possible when business is steady and demand is growing. Instead, companies must learn that sudden shifts or unpredictable conditions need not undermine their results.  It is evident that there is correlation between the over governance and complete autonomy in project success and challenges. Going lean considers focusing on the high value items while maintaining individual innovation without over burdening the organization. For project environment, the lesson is how to strike the right balance between governance and autonomy while having clear business objectives. Another take away is the lag time between ideas and execution that cause organizations to be less responsive and to lose their competitive edge.

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