Recently I was working a project for a client and I checked several references I’ve used over the years for manufacturing and distribution improvements. Four of the books I often refer to are:
- World Class Manufacturing – Richard Schonberger
- Attaining Manufacturing Excellence – Robert W. Hall
- The New Manufacturing Challenge – Kiyoshi Suzaki
- High Velocity Manufacturing – Michael Tincher
These books guided many of the World Class transformations I worked on in the mid-1990s and beyond. They’re 25 years old (or more)!
The interesting thing is that many companies still aren’t doing what these books (and others) suggest. The ideas in them are extremely effective and produce extraordinary results, so why aren’t more companies using them?
- You can’t learn things by simply reading a book – you need guides to help you along the way and experience from trying things with the resulting mistakes/learning and successes. Would you want to read a book on how to ski and then go hit the black diamond slopes?
- It takes intentionality – you have to have a strategy and then execute.
- It takes leadership – What all of my successful clients have in common is an upper-middle level manager/champion who is driven to accomplish extraordinary things.
The foundational ideas of process and productivity improvement are immutable, but they only work if you use them.
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