• The Gold Mine A Novel of Lean Turnaround 1st first Edition by Balle, Freddy, Balle, Michael publishe
  • The Gold Mine A Novel of Lean Turnaround
  • The Gold Mine A Novel of Lean Turnaround
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The Gold Mine: a Novel of Lean Turnaround deftly weaves together the technical and human pieces of implementing lean manufacturing in an engaging story that readers will find both compelling and instructive. Authors Freddy and Michael Ballé have produced the first integrated and systematic approach to a set of ideas that have maximized value and minimized waste throughout the world. At the heart of the Gold Mine is Bob Woods, a curmudgeonly sensei coaxed out of retirement by his son Mike to help boyhood friend Phil Jenkinson save his struggling company. Despite terrific products and a backlog of orders, Phil’s company cannot generate enough cash from its operations to pay its bills. And so Mike enlists Bob to help his pal fix this crisis.

“You’re trying to deal with your mess as if it was a technical problem,” Bob tells Phil. “Move this machine here, change this design there, which it is to some extent, but … it’s all about people. You have a leadership problem not just a production or business problem.” As Phil begins to tackle the key challenges necessary to improve his company’s operations, he comes to understand the deeper points of lean. Readers will also draw powerful insights from his journey.

The Gold Mine presents all the key lean principles, ranging from well-known ideas such as pull and flow, to lesser-known yet equally important principles such as jidoka and heijunka. The book also reveals lean as a system—using a realistic story to show how the principles are interrelated and how they lead to useful tools such as kanban or 5S.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Lean Enterprises Inst Inc (May 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974322563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974322568
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds

Customer Reviews

As a story the writing is aweful but it’s a textbook and thus a great way of teaching

 on June 19, 2017
By Tyler Leonhardt
Interesting way of teaching. As a story the writing is aweful but it’s a textbook and thus a great way of teaching

Five Stars

 on May 10, 2017
V readable for a topic traditionally considered dry and technical. Highly recommended

Excellent story in lean transformation

 on April 15, 2017
By lucky4034
Excellent story in lean transformation. Its written in the same manner as The Goal, following the journey of a management team as they travel through lean discovery.

Five Stars

 on February 7, 2017
By Amazon Customer
Great approach to teaching Lean thinking in an organization!

This is a very good resource to get individuals comfortable with the lean approach

 on February 1, 2017
By Aaron
This is a very good resource to get individuals comfortable with the lean approach. I have all three books on my desk and share them with a lot of my colleagues.

Great book to help understand lean principles

 on January 30, 2017
By Greg
Great book to help understand lean principles. Does anyone know if this has been released in a Spanish version? I have some Spanish speaking employees who would benefit from this book.

Good story with lean concepts woven in

 on December 7, 2016
By AnnArborShopper
Easy and interesting read and good illustration of key lean concepts.

Great book!

 on October 27, 2016
By Raglar Bjorn
A must read for all middle management from operations!!

Five Stars

 on October 10, 2016
By Amazon Customer
Easy to read book that is well worth the time.

A Nievl of Lean Thinking

 on September 28, 2016
By Anna M. Allegretto
Great book! Puts lean in perspective and the characters make it more interesting although they are a little quirky.
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