Lean Thinking

The Machine That Changed the World book cover - authors James Womack, Daniel Jones and Daniel Roos

Authors: James P. WomackDaniel T. Jones, Daniel Roos

Description: The Story of Lean Production – Toyota’s Secret Weapon in the Global Car Wars That Is Now Revolutionizing World Industry

Resume: The authors James Womack, Daniel Jones, and Daniel Roos wrote The Machine That Changed the World in 1990. By this book, they have made a strong showing of the principles of lean production. At that time the full power of lean principles was still not proven, and they had not been applied outside of the auto industry. Today, the power of lean production has been conclusively proved by Toyota’s unparalleled success, and the concepts have been widely applied in many industries.

The Machine That Changed the World offers a groundbreaking analysis of the entire lean business system, including product development, supplier management, sales, service, and production – an analysis even more relevant today as GM and Ford struggle to survive and a wide range of American companies embrace lean production. A new Foreword by the authors brings the story up to date and details how their predictions were right. As a result, the reissued version is as insightful and instructive as to when it was first published.