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The Going Lean Fieldbook by Stephen A. RUFFA

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NOTES

Introduction

1. Paul Davidson, “Lean Manufacturing Helps Companies Survive Recession,” USA Today, November 6, 2009, quotes Jeffrey Liker, bestselling author on lean methods, who states that “many manufacturers lose their lean-manufacturing gains after a few years because managers fail to monitor their viability as sales volumes or other conditions change.”

2. James Womack, Daniel Jones, and Daniel Roos, The Machine That Changed the World, New York: Harper, 1991, 27–29, describes how Ford progressively advanced his system of high-volume, low-cost production, slashing assembly time from 514 to 2.3 minutes. Because he was able to manage for scale and stability, he was able to dramatically cut costs: “By the time Ford reached peak production ...

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