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2006 SHINGO PRIZE for EXCELLENCE in MANUFACTURING RESEARCH Based on the author's personal experience with Toyota's master teachers and with companies in the midst of great change, Andy & Me is a business novel set in a failing New Jersey auto plant focusing on the tribulations of Tom Pappas, the plant manager. The situations, characters and plant politics will ring true wi 2006 SHINGO PRIZE for EXCELLENCE in MANUFACTURING RESEARCH Based on the author's personal experience with Toyota's master teachers and with companies in the midst of great change, Andy & Me is a business novel set in a failing New Jersey auto plant focusing on the tribulations of Tom Pappas, the plant manager. The situations, characters and plant politics will ring true with many readers. In a cool, readable style, Andy & Me follows Tom's relationship with Andy Saito, a reclusive, retired Toyota guru whom Tom persuades to help save his plant through the teaching of the legendary Toyota Production System (TPS). On this journey, the reader learns that TPS is more than just a collection of tools; it entails a new way of thinking and behaving. Though Tom finds success -- both in his plant and in his personal life -- he learns from Andy that successful improvement is "endless and eternal."


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2006 SHINGO PRIZE for EXCELLENCE in MANUFACTURING RESEARCH Based on the author's personal experience with Toyota's master teachers and with companies in the midst of great change, Andy & Me is a business novel set in a failing New Jersey auto plant focusing on the tribulations of Tom Pappas, the plant manager. The situations, characters and plant politics will ring true wi 2006 SHINGO PRIZE for EXCELLENCE in MANUFACTURING RESEARCH Based on the author's personal experience with Toyota's master teachers and with companies in the midst of great change, Andy & Me is a business novel set in a failing New Jersey auto plant focusing on the tribulations of Tom Pappas, the plant manager. The situations, characters and plant politics will ring true with many readers. In a cool, readable style, Andy & Me follows Tom's relationship with Andy Saito, a reclusive, retired Toyota guru whom Tom persuades to help save his plant through the teaching of the legendary Toyota Production System (TPS). On this journey, the reader learns that TPS is more than just a collection of tools; it entails a new way of thinking and behaving. Though Tom finds success -- both in his plant and in his personal life -- he learns from Andy that successful improvement is "endless and eternal."

30 review for Andy & Me: Crisis and Transformation on the Lean Journey

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jkwon247

    This is an accessible case study to learn the basics of Lean manufacturing, specifically for the automotive industry. Even though it does not offer much in terms of story, I found myself quite moved by the end of it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Marc

    Well done for an introduction to Lean

  3. 5 out of 5

    John

    Nice high-level introduction to Lean processes. Read it for the introductory information, not for the story, which is weak and not engaging.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Erin Egan

    I read this book for work. This is a great book to demonstrate Six Sigma ideas. The journey of this book is very similar to The Goal.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jesse Kessler

    Here is a unique genre. I'm glad someone tried to teach business principles the same way moral and theological principles have been taught for EVER. The core principles of Lean methodology taught in story format. Short and easy to read. Instead of textbooks, every business major should start here. Here is a unique genre. I'm glad someone tried to teach business principles the same way moral and theological principles have been taught for EVER. The core principles of Lean methodology taught in story format. Short and easy to read. Instead of textbooks, every business major should start here.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Matt Warren

    I enjoyed the entire book, quick read and overall explained how lean is implemented in a crisis plant.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mike Thelen

    Great Lean book written in novel style to help readers understand the Lean transformation. Pascal Dennis has written several books from his experiences in Toyota. All are worth owning.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Galina

    Очень легкий бизнес-роман о принципах производственной системы Тойоты. Со схемами, объяснениями и «запуском на заводе». Для производственников может быть полезным.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan McGuire

    This is the latest book that I've read to utilize the concept of novel (novel concept of novel? sorry. :) ) to explain how lean thinking (as understood by the Toyota Production System) can revolutionize seemly obsolete and failing processes. The narrative uses a fictional auto manufacturing plant in the Northeastern US that is failing to meet cost, quality, and delivery requirements and is headed toward being closed. Through a number of personal connections, and episodes of near depression, the This is the latest book that I've read to utilize the concept of novel (novel concept of novel? sorry. :) ) to explain how lean thinking (as understood by the Toyota Production System) can revolutionize seemly obsolete and failing processes. The narrative uses a fictional auto manufacturing plant in the Northeastern US that is failing to meet cost, quality, and delivery requirements and is headed toward being closed. Through a number of personal connections, and episodes of near depression, the plant manager comes into contact with a guru who once was responsible for implementing the fabled TPS in plants in Japan and Kentucky. There are no big surprises (yes, TPS is victorious by the end of the story) but the book is rarely trite or the type of boring that comes when you have a pretty good idea about how its going to end. The goal of the book appears to be to show the simplicity that is lean thinking. Note the use of the root word "simple" in my previous sentence. The concept is very simple. But implementation is the real task (along the lines of the planning v. execution comparison...this is the lesson that, in this reviewer's opinion, corporate executives fail to grasp when they see "Lean" as the latest business buzzword to chase after or to use as bread and circuses if you're cynically inclined). The story follows the plant manager and his Japanese sensei as they tackle the underlying cultural problems that are the real reasons for the many failures at the auto plant. References to the personal lives of the main characters are used as a device for showing how poor system thinking in the workplace cannot be completely isolated from events at home (and vice versa). It is a quick and worthy read...and not just for those whose jobs depend on a culture of process and product improvement.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Warren

    I'm enjoying this book. Dennis introduces Tom who hires for Mr. Andy Saito (his Sensei who is from Japan) to teach him how to apply the lessons of lean thinking and the Toyota Production System (TPS). If you like stories and are curious about Lean/Kaizen/TPS/Continuous Improvement you'll enjoy this novel. Ch 1. "We'll Have to Close Some Plants."; 2. Looking for Mr. Saito 3. Finding a Sense 4. Sincere Mind 5. Henry Ford's Vision [I skipped this chapter; too interesting; I'll come back to it.] 6. Walk I'm enjoying this book. Dennis introduces Tom who hires for Mr. Andy Saito (his Sensei who is from Japan) to teach him how to apply the lessons of lean thinking and the Toyota Production System (TPS). If you like stories and are curious about Lean/Kaizen/TPS/Continuous Improvement you'll enjoy this novel. Ch 1. "We'll Have to Close Some Plants."; 2. Looking for Mr. Saito 3. Finding a Sense 4. Sincere Mind 5. Henry Ford's Vision [I skipped this chapter; too interesting; I'll come back to it.] 6. Walking the Plant 7. Continuing the Tour [it's getting more interesting] 8. Needs More Work 9. Understanding Zone Control 10. Time Out at the Blue Giraffe 11. Making Our Video 12. Kickoff 13. Big Heart 14. The Money Board 15. A Night in Astoria 16. Visual Management 17. The River and the Rocks 18. People Make the Difference 19. "No Problem" Is a Problem 20. Developing Early Warning Systems 21. The Valley of Darkness 22. Learning about the Help Line 23. The Efficiency of Pull Systems 24. Stupid Meanness 25. The Frog, the Scorpion, and the Nightingale 26. Grapefruit Moon Glossary; Bibliography; Index.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Hanson

    I am not usually one to read a lot of business text books, but I have to say, this is one of the few that I not only finished, but can honestly say I enjoyed reading. While not the most literary effort, Dennis's ability to succinctly summarize complex concepts in very simple stories is truly impressive. For anyone who works in a company undergoing Lean, Six Sigma or other improvement initiatives, this is a very good read. I'm looking forward to the sequel, The Remedy, which is about applying the I am not usually one to read a lot of business text books, but I have to say, this is one of the few that I not only finished, but can honestly say I enjoyed reading. While not the most literary effort, Dennis's ability to succinctly summarize complex concepts in very simple stories is truly impressive. For anyone who works in a company undergoing Lean, Six Sigma or other improvement initiatives, this is a very good read. I'm looking forward to the sequel, The Remedy, which is about applying the principles in the rest of the organization--not just the factory.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    I enjoyed the novel aspect of this book, and the lean principles were delivered in a basic, easily understood format. I struggled with both of these under the same cover. When I read for education or pleasure my mindset switches, so this took me a while to read. I would recommend this for those folks who have a difficult time getting through pure educational reads, as this might be a good transition for them.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Valeria

    It is a brief introduction to Toyota Production System an lean. But probably you should have it as a reference guide after you've familiarized yourself with it. Otherwise, it is hard to buy into TPS after you read it. For me E. Goldrat's Goal is way more appealing as a business novel, then Andy & Me. It is a brief introduction to Toyota Production System an lean. But probably you should have it as a reference guide after you've familiarized yourself with it. Otherwise, it is hard to buy into TPS after you read it. For me E. Goldrat's Goal is way more appealing as a business novel, then Andy & Me.

  14. 5 out of 5

    David Zerangue

    This is a good introduction to Lean. It is more inspirational than educational. If you want to bring people on board to the prospect of doing things more efficiently, this is one way of inspiring it. Worth buying a number of copies and handing out to your organization. Come to think of it, that's exactly what happened to me... This is a good introduction to Lean. It is more inspirational than educational. If you want to bring people on board to the prospect of doing things more efficiently, this is one way of inspiring it. Worth buying a number of copies and handing out to your organization. Come to think of it, that's exactly what happened to me...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    I read this because I'm seeing myself head down the road of continuous improvement add my next "career." This is a Kimberly-Clark recommended read so I thought I would pick it up. Overall a quick read and worthy of some thought in how America works. I read this because I'm seeing myself head down the road of continuous improvement add my next "career." This is a Kimberly-Clark recommended read so I thought I would pick it up. Overall a quick read and worthy of some thought in how America works.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    Great!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jody

    I read this book for work. It is a simple introduction to the lean process.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ammon

    Pretty good intro to Lean Production, but a lousy novel.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Hubdiggity

    It's fine, it's short, it teaches you a thing or 2 if you're trying to learn. I don't feel particularly transformed. 'Nuff said. It's fine, it's short, it teaches you a thing or 2 if you're trying to learn. I don't feel particularly transformed. 'Nuff said.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michael Fruergaard

    180p

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dogan Dikmen

    An easy to read but lots of practical tips.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Анастасия Володина

  23. 4 out of 5

    Craig

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Pile

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tim

  26. 5 out of 5

    Роман Шатерник

  27. 5 out of 5

    George Serban

  28. 4 out of 5

    Elias

  29. 5 out of 5

    Scott kintrea

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mu

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