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Ready, Set, Dominate: Implement Toyota's Set-Based Learning for Developing Products and Nobody Can Catch You by Michael N. Kennedy,Kent Harmon

Ready, Set, Dominate: Implement Toyota's Set-Based Learning for Developing Products and Nobody Can Catch You
Title:
Ready, Set, Dominate: Implement Toyota's Set-Based Learning for Developing Products and Nobody Can Catch You
Author:
Michael N. Kennedy,Kent Harmon
ISBN:
1892538407
ISBN13:
978-1892538406
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Category:
Management & Leadership
Language:
English
Publisher:
Oaklea Press (April 1, 2008)
Pages:
288 pages
PDF size:
1636 kb
FB2 size:
1793 kb
EPUB size:
1543 kb
In 2003 Michael Kennedy's Product Development for the Lean Enterprise was published and promptly turned product development in major corporations on its head. Now, five years later, comes a continuation of that book, including case histories that identify the pitfalls and lessons learned in implementing Toyota's product development system. The authors also show how Toyota's set-based learning system can be adapted and adopted by other areas of a business in order to produce major advantages over the competition. Whether a group of engineers is developing new cars, software applications, aerospace equipment, kitchen appliances, controls, sensors, or any of hundreds of different items, the process they follow is pretty much the same, except in one company - Toyota, perhaps the most innovative and highly respected car company on the planet. Companies that are early adopters of the Toyota system are certain to realize tremendous advantages over their competitors. This is a change that is coming to businesses everywhere and this book shows the way. It is a must-read for anyone in management.

Reviews:
  • Aedem
Good insight into alternative approach product optimization and how the focus is knowledge management. The TPS set of tasking alternative methods for reliability and managing the knowledge for payback in other programs is invaluable to long term dominance with what a company is good to great at. Helpful to see it can be done lean and not focus efforts tow quick results to meet design goals with nothing learned. Innovation occurs naturally in a highly focused set of thinking, which makes learning a passion.
  • Arabella V.
Read the previous books. This book seems to move slow. The concepts are good. However, it takes a while to get to the meat.
  • Cordantrius
Eventually I saw the light ... after having been reading books on Toyota Product Development I strongly recommend this book to clarify the concepts of knowledge management beside the big successes of Lean PD. I suggest reading this book with his kennedy's companion and with the book of Allen Ward Lean Product and Process Development by LEI. Only one remark, there is a strong need of clear Knowledge Brief or A3 report examples and the book does not cover very well. Neverthless it is really worth reading.
  • Jarortr
This is the second of Kennedy's books and, like the first, most of it's in the form of a business novel. Those familiar with product development in Western firms will find all of the characters familiar - sometimes painfully so.

What sets the new book apart is inclusion of two powerful case studies of committed implementation of set-based (problem solving/knowledge-based) product development. Tellingly, both case study firms were not experimenting with this approach, their senior executives were committed to making it work. The results have been spectacular and compelling.

In a nutshell: Kennedy is selling something valuable. Like a good salesman, his first book Product Development for the Lean Enterprise: Why Toyota's System Is Four Times More Productive and How You Can Implement It conveys his sympathy for how you FEEL the pain and shows how he's FELT it, too (from years in U.S. aerospace/high tech firms). This book's case studies explain what he's FOUND to really solve those problems.