Volume 1 / Issue 14 / September 26, 2016
Insights into a book that changed the world
Believe it or not, this month marks the 20th anniversary of the 1996 publication of Lean Thinking authored by Jim Womack and Dan Jones and a lot has happened to all of us since then.
As far as the Canadian Consortia across the country is concerned, some were aware of emergence of the earlier book – The Machine that Changed the World – that was published in 1990 that provided the research base for the next book that would really change the world. So it was not until Lean Thinking was published in 1996 that lean went viral thanks to the combined efforts of the two innovative authors who put together the vast array of data surrounding the early concept of Lean. – and they did it in terms we could better understand. Today they are recognized as the founders of Lean and the world of manufacturing is better because of them.
Since then two excellent organizations have emerged to evolve lean applications, resources and discussions:
1. The Lean Enterprise Institute founded by Jim Womack
2. UK Lean Enterprise Academy founded by Dan Jones
The importance of Lean Thinking to manufacturing the world over, as well as the Lean community, can’t be overstated. Roberto Priolo, Editor of the EU-based Planet Lean thought it would be very interesting to hear what the authors think about the impact it had some 20 years after the production date. The interview is worth the read especially for those of us who were around when the book landed on our desks.
Planet Lean is the official online publication of the Lean Global Network, launched in February 2014 with the aimof sharing the knowledge on lean thinking and practice gained by the 17 Lean Global Network’s Institutes around the world, including their partners and customers. Through story-telling, in-depth analysis and thought-provoking opinion, Planet Lean strives to become the number one source of information on lean available to today’s lean practitioners and leaders. Roberto is working to support the expansion of lean globally by helping organizations on a lean journey to benchmark against others and learn from their achievements as well as their mistakes.