The Machine That Changed the World: The Story of Lean Production
James P. Womack, Daniel T. Jones and Daniel Roos, (1990)
Rawson and Associates, ISBN: 0-89256-350-8
In this landmark study of the automobile industry, Jim Womack, Dan Jones, and Daniel Roos explain lean production to the world for the first time, and discuss its profound implications for society. It is based on the largest and most thorough study ever undertaken in any industry: the MIT five-million-dollar, five-year, fourteen-country International Motor Vehicle Program’s study of the worldwide auto industry.
Good to Great
Jim Collins, (2001)
HarperCollins Publishers Inc., ISBN: 0-06-662099-6.
An explanation of how companies transition from being average companies to great companies and how companies can fail to make the transition. "Greatness" is defined as financial performance several multiples better than the market average over a sustained period of time. Collins finds the main factor for achieving the transition to be a narrow focusing of the company’s resources on their field of competence.
Eliyahu M. Goldratt, Jeff Cox (1986)
Gower Publishing Limited, ISBN 0-88427-061-0
'The Goal' is written as a piece of fiction, to which the Financial Times reviewer quoted on the cover of the second edition attributes much of its direct commercial success. The main character is Alex Rogo, who manages a metalworking plant where everything is always behind schedule. His distant acquaintance, Jonah, who represents Goldratt himself, helps him solve the company's problems through a series of telephone calls and short meetings. A second story line, which only occasionally intersects with the main topic of the book, describes Alex's marital life. The book goes on to point out the role of bottlenecks (constraints) in a manufacturing process, and how identifying them not only allows for removing them, but also yields a useful tool for measuring and controlling the flow of materials. Alex and his team identify the bottlenecks in the book and immediately begin to implement change to speed up capacity. While many questioned the logic of using outdated technology, Alex's team brought in an old machine they received for free in order to increase the capacity of the N/C machine, one of the two bottlenecks. They also were careful to make sure the bottlenecks were not starved and sitting idle. At the second bottleneck, the heat-treat, they simply moved quality control to before the heat-treat instead of after the process. This eliminated to-be-rejected inventory from utilizing valuable time on the bottleneck. By careful observation and manipulation of constraints, Alex and his crew manage to make their plant successful, and in the end Alex is rewarded with a major promotion.
Speed to Market
Vincent Bozzone (2001)
AMACOM, ISBN: 0-8144-0694-7
Speed to Market delivers a proven approach for smaller suppliers who want to successfully cut their lead time and trigger profitable growth. Completely updated and expanded, the book explains how to: