Publisher: MCS Media, 2010, 400 pages
New! The Lean Office Secrets Revealed!
Learn how Lean can be leveraged with MS Office to move and share information where it is needed, when it is needed, in error-free ways never dreamed of — at the speed of sight!
One of the most useful and powerful business improvement methodologies in the business world today is the Toyota Production System. Also, one of the most powerful business application software platforms in the world today is the Microsoft Office suite of products. Lean Office Demystified II brings together the Toyota Production System (i.e. Lean) tools and concepts with the Microsoft Office suite of products (and other applications) allowing for a powerful business improvement methodology. This will allow for astonishing success for moving, analyzing, formatting, sharing, and controlling information of all types in the workplace.
This easy-to-use book includes everything you need for success — readiness, guides, worksheets, forms, scren shots, ańd application examples. Lean Office Demystified II goes beyond theory to explain how all this works in an actual business case study. Lean Office Demystified II will boost office performance, reduce cost, and increase customer satisfaction, while at the same time create a stress-free work place.
When I opened this book, I was a bit suspicious, due to the tight coupling to MS Office, that was promised on the jacket. I was pleasantly surprised! The authors used MS Office at a minimum (some examples and appendices dedicated) and were very conscious of applying Lean concepts into the office/administrative environment. They succeeded very well, except for the very distinctly American bias in office culture that is present everywhere in the book, which makes it very strange to a European audience (but who can blame the American authors for writing about what they know firsthand?).
Anyway, the concepts and pitfalls they describe, are usually valid in one way or another in any non-US setting as well, as they successfully manages to apply the Lean concept to a new area (the office) which it wasn't really meant for, in the beginning.
Worth reading, especially if you have to work with Lean or any of its tools.