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Learning to See: Value Stream Mapping to Add Value and Eliminate MUDA (edition 1999)

by Mike Rother, John Shook, Jim Womack (Foreword), Dan Jones (Foreword)

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Title:Learning to See: Value Stream Mapping to Add Value and Eliminate MUDA
Authors:Mike Rother
Other authors:John Shook, Jim Womack (Foreword), Dan Jones (Foreword)
Info:Lean Enterprise Institute (1999), Spiral-bound, 102 pages
Collections:Softcopy, Professional, Read and owned
Tags:Lean, Process Management

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Learning to See: Value Stream Mapping to Add Value and Eliminate MUDA by Mike Rother (Author)



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‘Learning to See’ is a good book, rather workbook, that shows you how to draw a current-state value stream mapping, then take it to the future-state map using lean concepts and techniques of continuous flow, pull, supermarkets, load-leveling, and FIFO. At the end it emphasizes the need to implement the future state map as a project that needs management support and involvement.

Although it uses practical examples, the reader needs to refer to other references to digest the concepts, calculations, and, more importantly, the integration of tools to realize the future state map. The main drawback of the book is that it focuses on applying lean to the manufacturing sector. I’d love to see a similar book that adopts service and continuous, rather than discrete, product industries.

I recommend this book for people new to lean as a start, but also advise reinforcing their understanding by additional references that give more depth in how to transfer a current state to a future leaner state. ( )
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Shook, JohnAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Jones, Daniel T.Forewordsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Womack, James P.Forewordsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Camuffo, ArnaldoContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Much more important, these simple maps - often drawn on scrap paper - showed where steps could be eliminated, flows smoothed, and pull systems introduced in order to create a truly lean value stream for each product family.

In 1998 John teamed with Mike Rother of the University of Michigan to write down Toyota's mapping methodology for the first time in Learning to See. This simple tool makes it possible for you to see through the clutter of a complex plant. You'll soon be able to identify all of the processing steps along the path from raw materials to finished goods for each product and all of the information flows going back from the customer through the plant and upstream to suppliers. With this knowledge in hand it is much easier to envision a "future state" for each product family in which wasteful actions are eliminated and production can be pulled smoothly ahead by the customer.

In plain language and with detailed drawings, this workbook explains everything you will need to know to create accurate current-state and future- state maps for each of your product families and then to turn the current state into the future state rapidly and sustainably.

In Learning to See you will find:

A foreword by Jim Womack and Dan Jones explaining the need for this tool.An introduction by Mike Rother and John Shook describing how they discovered the mapping tool in their study of Toyota.Guidance on identifying your product families.A detailed explanation of how to draw a current-state map.A practice case permitting you to draw a current-state map on your own, with feedback from Mike and John in the appendix on how you did.A detailed explanation of how to draw a future-state map.A second practice case permitting you to draw a future-state map, with "the answer" provided in the appendix.Guidance on how to designate a manager for each value stream.Advice on breaking implementation into easy steps.An explanation of how to use the yearly value stream plan to guide each product family through successive future states.

More than 50,000 copies of Learning to See have been sold in the past two years. Readers from across the world report that value stream mapping has been an invaluable tool to start their lean transformation and to make the best use of kaizen events.

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