Book on Lean Enterprise is Made Required Reading by Society of Manufacturing Engineers and the Association for Manufacturing Excellence

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Highly popular book on lean manufacturing is elevated to required-reading status by a consortium of organizations offering a new lean certification program.

Published in 1999, “Lean Transformation: How to Change Your Business into a Lean Enterprise” by Bruce Henderson and Jorge Larco has been made required reading for those seeking certification as lean manufacturing experts.

The book’s publisher, Stephen Martin of the Oaklea Press said, “There has been a growing demand for an industry-wide professional lean certification program. So a consortium consisting of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME), the Shingo Prize, and The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) has developed one which will be industry's only nationally recognized lean certification program. We are delighted that our publication, ‘Lean Transformation,’ has been selected for the required-reading list.”

The new Lean Certification will evaluate candidates at several levels based on their portfolios of experience, a mentoring requirement, and exams.

Martin went on to say that “Lean Transformation” is already one of the most widely read and popular books used by companies as they transform from mass producers to the lean producer model pioneered by Toyota. More than 50,000 copies are in print and the book has been translated into half a dozen languages including Russian, Chinese, German and Italian.

Some of the hallmarks of lean manufacturing include continuous flow production, building products to order rather than to forecast (“just-in-time” or JIT production), the elimination of virtually all work in progress and most other inventory, six sigma quality that is built in rather than inspected in, and operating through empowered teams rather than multiple layers of managers and staff. Using these techniques, Dell Computer was able come from nowhere to set the market price for PCs and overtake all other personal computer manufacturers.

Martin added, “We think the book is so popular because it is easy to read, free of jargon, and clearly presents lean concepts. Any executive who wants to transform his company into a more efficient operation can benefit from what it has to say, and reading it will be a pleasure rather than a chore.”

The publisher, Oaklea Press, was founded in 1995 and is also the publisher of such widely-read business books as “Lean Enterprise Leader: How to Get Things Done without Doing It All Yourself” and “Product Development for the Lean Enterprise: Why Toyota’s System Is Four Times More Productive and How You Can Implement It.”

For more information contact:

Stephen H. Martin

Oaklea Press

Voice: 1-804-281-5685

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