In 12 new essays ranging from the provocative to the practical, and written specially for the second edition of Gemba Walks, author and management expert Jim Womack reflects on the past 30 years of lean and assesses the current state of lean today.
He also shares thoughts on how lean thinking and practice can continue to make the world a better place by gaining traction in areas such as government and health care, provides practical guidance for how leaders everywhere can realize the full benefits of a lean management system, and shares hope for continued improvement on the path to better work and more value.
Over the past 30 years, Womack has developed a method of going to visit the gemba at countless companies and keenly observing how people work together to create value. He has shared his thoughts and discoveries from these visits with the lean community through a monthly letter. With Gemba Walks, Expanded 2nd Edition, Womack has selected and reorganized his key letters and written 12 new essays.
Gemba Walks shares his insights on topics ranging from the application of specific tools to the role of management in sustaining lean as well as the long-term prospects for this fundamental new way of creating value. Hearing this book will reveal to listeners a range of lean principles as well as the basis for the critical lean practice of go see, ask why, and show respect.