The 12 Principles of Manufacturing Excellence: A Lean Leader’s Guide to Achieving and Sustaining Excellence, Second Edition Revised ed. Edition

Following in the tradition of its bestselling predecessor, The 12 Principles of Manufacturing Excellence: A Lean Leader’s Guide to Achieving and Sustaining Excellence, Second Edition outlines a comprehensive, proven process for delivering world-class performance while also cultivating the right culture through leadership, mentoring, and hourly associate involvement. While most books on continuous improvement focus on specific tools and methods, this book details a top-down strategy and process that Lean leaders can use to implement and sustain manufacturing excellence. It outlines a clear pathway to excellence via the 12 Principles of Manufacturing Excellence and provides a method for tracking progress-plant by plant and function by function. This updated edition includes a new chapter on real stories about poor leadership at the top. Also featured are new and updated figures and exhibits. It contains chapters devoted to each principle of manufacturing excellence along with a chapter on each leader’s role. Illustrating the importance of using Lean and Six Sigma tools to improve your business, the book: * Details a comprehensive approach for achieving and sustaining excellence-from board room strategy to shop floor execution * Integrates strategy and leadership development * Paves a path for culture change that prepares hourly employees to take control of their processes and prepares management to enable them to do it * Details an audit process for identifying priorities for improvement and tracking progress and ensuring sustainability Tapping into more than four decades of leadership experience, 35 years of it in the manufacturing industry, Larry Fast explains how to achieve both vertical and horizontal alignment across your organization. Like the previous edition, the book includes a CD with color versions of the images in the book, a manufacturing excellence reading list, and formulas for selected metrics. The CD also includes a sample manufacturing excellence audit (a powerful tool to achieve and sustain the journey), a sample communications plan, a sample communications plan calendar, a sample training plan, and a new Project Prioritization worksheet-all of which can be easily customized to meet your organization’s specific needs.

About the Author

Larry E. Fast is a veteran of 35 years in the wire and cable industry, 27 of those in senior management roles at two different leaders in the industry-Belden for 25 years and General Cable for 10. As Belden’s VP of Manufacturing he led a transformation of Belden plants in the late 80s and early 90s that included cellularizing about 80% of the equipment around common products and routing (known today as value streams) and the use of what we now know as Lean and Six Sigma tools. In 1997 he joined General Cable Corporation (GCC), one of the world’s largest wire and cable companies. As their Senior Vice President of Operations, Fast launched a manufacturing excellence strategy in 1999 that became an enterprise-wide objective in 2001. After a 1999 acquisition he had 28 plants reporting to him as well as Corporate Sourcing, Quality, Manufacturing Systems and Advanced Manufacturing Engineering. Later as plants were consolidated to less than 20, he was given expanded responsibility for the North American Supply Chain. Since the launch of the Manufacturing Excellence strategy at GCC in 1999, there have been 34 Industry Week “Best Plants Finalist awards including 12 “Best Plants” winners since 2001. General Cable is now in its 17th. year of the continuous improvement strategy which puts them in rare company. Most who start the journey are in the side ditch in less than 5 years and a very small percentage, <5%, is still on the path after 10 years. His book, The 12 Principles of Manufacturing Excellence-A Lean Leader's Guide to Achieving and Sustaining Excellence, 2nd. Edition, was released September, 2015 by CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, as a Productivity Press book. The original book was published in October, 2011. Fast holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Administration from Indiana University and is a graduate of Earlham College's Institute for Executive Growth. He also completed the thirteen week Program for Management Development at the Harvard University School of Business in 1986. Fast is a long time member of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) and the Wire Association. He has served on university advisory boards including Indiana University/Purdue at the I.U. East campus in Richmond, Indiana and the School of Applied Sciences at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. From 2001 to 2007, he served on the Industry Advisory Board for the Tauber Manufacturing Institute at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In 2009 he joined the Board of Directors, SE Region of AME and is now serving as the VP of Programs for the region. He also became a judge for Industry Week (IW) magazine's "Best Plants in North America" competition in 2009. Since December, 2013, he is writing articles every few weeks for the IW online magazine. He answers readers' questions regarding their continuous improvement journeys, leadership issues and the like under the banner of "Ask the Expert-Lean Leadership" In 2007 Fast's company, Pathways to Manufacturing Excellence, LLC, was established in the state of Georgia. In addition to his writing, he continues to consult, train and coach for companies who seek to achieve and sustain manufacturing excellence using his 12 Principles of Manufacturing Excellence as the process to manage the journey. His website is:

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