Begin at the End: A Good Lean Strategy Starts with Defining Your Ultimate Goal

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You know the statistics—lean can shorten your lead times, reduce inventories, cut operating costs, free up resources, and more. But countless surveys have confirmed that most lean initiatives fail to deliver expected and needed results. Why? Are successes confined to a restricted list of industry sectors? Are only "lean experts" capable of leading an organization through a successful implementation?

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The Next R(E)volution of Lean

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Streamlining for Success: The Lean Supply Chain

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