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Velocity: Combining Lean, Six Sigma and the Theory of Constraints to Achieve Breakthrough Performance - A Business Novel (英語) ハードカバー – 2009/12/29

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Millions of readers remember The Goal, the landmark business novel that sets forth by way of story the essential principles of Eliyahu Goldratt's innovative methods of production. Now, from the AGI-Goldratt Institute and Jeff Cox, the same creative writer who co-authored The Goal, comes VELOCITY, the book that reveals how to achieve outstanding bottom-line results by integrating the world's three most powerful continuous improvement disciplines: Lean, Six Sigma, and Goldratt's Theory of Constraints.

Used by the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps to dramatically improve some of the most complex, logistically vast supply chains in the world, the VELOCITY APPROACH draws on the strengths of all three disciplines to deliver breakthrough performance gains. In physics, speed with direction is velocity; in business, the application of VELOCITY means your organization can achieve operational speed with strategic direction to outmaneuver competitors, gain loyalty with customers, and rapidly build sustainable earnings growth -- in as little as one or two business quarters.

Dee Jacob and Suzan Bergland, two princi-pals of AGI, have been teaching the concepts, techniques, and tools of VELOCITY to major corporations, including Procter & Gamble, ITT, and Northrop Grumman, for years. Now they unlock the door for you to see how to apply their insights and methods to your organization -- be it business, not-for-profit, manufacturing, or service based -- in order to shorten lead times, slash inventories, reduce production variability, and increase sales.

Writer Jeff Cox returns with the vivid, realistic style that made The Goal so readable yet so edifying. Thrust into the presidency of the subsidiary company where she has managed sales and marketing, Amy Cieolara is mandated by her corporate superiors to implement Lean Six Sigma (LSS) in order to appease a key customer. Assigned to help her is LSS Master Black Belt Wayne Reese, installed as her operations manager. But as time goes on and corporate pressure mounts, Amy finds she has to start thinking for herself -- and learning from everyone around her -- and she arrives at the series of steps that form the core of the VELOCITY APPROACH.

VELOCITY offers keen insight into the human and organizational factors that so often derail growth while teaching you proven, practical techniques for restarting and revving up the internal engines of your company to reach new levels of success. Colorful characters, believable situations, and everything from dice games to AGI's "reality tree" techniques make this business novel a vital resource for everyone seeking to deliver business improvement in these challenging economic times -- and far into the future.

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"AGI's VELOCITY APPROACH enabled us to get control over the uncertainties of our repair and remanufacturing business, leading to significant improvements in our overall performance. The changes we made to the way we manage our business positioned us to not only survive but to thrive in what could be called the worst recession since the Great Depression." -- Carl Coslow, President, Republic Industries International

"As we transformed the entire Naval Aviation logistics system, our leadership team decided that 'AIRSpeed,' our continuous process improvement program, would combine best business practices -- Lean, Six Sigma, and Theory of Constraints. This strategy not only enabled Naval Aviation to reduce turnaround times 40 percent and work in process nearly 50 percent in areas applied, but enhanced the quality of life of our sailors and marines." -- VADM Walter B. Massenburg, USN (Ret.), former Commander, Naval Air Systems Command; Architect and Chief Operating Officer of Naval Aviation Enterprise

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  • ハードカバー: 320ページ
  • 出版社: Free Press (2009/12/29)
  • 言語: 英語
  • ISBN-10: 1439158924
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439158920
  • 発売日: 2009/12/29
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リーン生産およびシックスシグマと制約理論(TOC)の共存共栄が可能であると解説する小説です。そのため、TOCの即効性をさほど強調せず、時間を掛けてリーン生産およびシックスシグマの価値も実感するという現実的な内容になっている。“Velocity”という題名は、スループット(Throughput)という考え方からTOC色を薄めたものと考えて良いでしょう。
M&Aを扱った多くのマネーゲーム本では、経営トップ層やファンド等金融機関の関係者しか出て来ませんが、本書ではそれより一階層下の中間管理職層の対応に光を当てています。したがって、TOC等の実践ノウハウを学ぶための本ではありません。
小説仕立てということもあり、読者を楽しませるよう様々なテーマが盛り込まれています。例えば、M&A、再建請負人、成果報酬、先住民(従業員)と進駐軍(天下り組)との軋轢、リーン・6σ・TOC等複数の改善運動の擦り合せ、過去に作られたルールに盲目的に従うことの弊害、生・販・開発の連携、子育て、介護、恋愛、女性の社会的進出と突然の転身など。
小説なので、終わり方に注文を付けるのはお門違いかもしれないが、小生的には不満足である。もっとも、本書の方が現実的かもしれない。
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5つ星のうち 4.0 Fixing Godzilla 2011/3/1
投稿者 K. Newcomer - (Amazon.com)
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Velocity is similar to the goal as they write about Theory of Constraints, but become more contemporary by combining lean and six sigma. Albeit, the book is mostly about Theory of Constraints as I don't recommend buying this if you just want to learn about six sigma techniques.

The story was a touch dry, but I still found it interested and wanted to see what the ultimate solution would be for the company Hi-T. The main character Amy is likeable and you end up rooting for her. They of course introduce another character similar to Jonah from The Goal who provides clear thought (in this book Tom Dawson). The other managers are split on how they want to fix the problems and embracing the change that is needed.

The book takes you through at a high level some of these disciplines:

Lean - Creating value for customers by way of products and services with minimum waste at optimal speed in perfect balance with market demand.

Six Sigma - Identifying and eliminating defects, errors, and anything quantifiable that is unwanted by customers.

Value Stream - Laying out the stages of a process or a project. Diagramming the flow and the various branches of input.

Takt Time - Time available to work divided by demand - the time available to make the product divided by the units needed.

Theory of Constraints - Holds that every system - business system or manufacturing system - is made up of resources that each have varying limits. Performance of the total system is constrained by whatever resource is most limited or the bottleneck of the system.

While other concepts are discussed in various detail the book explains throughput well. This is the rate at which inventory is converted into completed sales, or cash. This is the language every company knows and needs to understand. This concept can be translated to service or manufacturing (and retail even).

Overall, I enjoyed reading about how this company fixed the problems they were having and embraced (reluctantly to start) some new ideas and some changes to how they have worked for years. Good read with a lot of takeaways about lead, six sigma and Theory of Constraints.
4 人中、4人の方が、「このレビューが参考になった」と投票しています。
5つ星のうち 5.0 Velocity 2011/1/2
投稿者 gacleader1 - (Amazon.com)
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Velocity is a must read for anyone practicing Lean Six Sigma. As a newly trained Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, I have been very excited about my new found knowledge, only to find that many people from various organizations are less than thrilled with the Lean Six Sigma approach. After reading this book, I now understand what it is that has caused so many problems for companies which endorse these tools, and how these tools are misused.

Rather than attack Lean Six Sigma, the authors instead have written a novel about the implementation of these tools into a business, speaking about the positive and the negative during the growth process. What the book makes clear is that it is not Lean Six Sigma that causes the problem, rather the attempt of a company to create a culture in which Lean Six Sigma is used in every corner of a business, essentially creating islands of excellence within various workgroups. Through reading, we understand that removing waste and variation within different areas of a company does not necessarily affect throughput in a positive way; we must concentrate our efforts where they are most needed, not arbitrarily to every facet of an organization.

Velocity makes it clear that a perfectly balanced system is not only rare, but also not necessarily in the best interest of throughput. Velocity teaches us the importance of having a constraint within a system, rather than the accepted idea of removing constraints. It also teaches us how to optimize the constraint while still maintaining it, to achieve the best possible flow through the process.
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5つ星のうち 5.0 great insights, easy to understand - avoid pitfalls 2013/5/4
投稿者 Tom Woodbury - (Amazon.com)
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This is a great book for anyone embarking on or experiencing efficiency and quality issues with their current programs.

The authors have obviously been there and done it. They share knowledge in this book that can only be gained by experiencing implementation of Lean, Six Sigma and TOC and readers can save lots of time and money by adopting the advice within.

I thought that perhaps too much of the book spent time on the plagued LSS program but still gave it 5 stars considering the impact it can have on your business/career if you read it and act on it.

The people issues described and the practical solutions provided to these problems are insightful and worth considering when implementing initiatives.

Great book!
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5つ星のうち 3.0 A good read but leaves the readers with unanswered questions 2010/11/23
投稿者 James Mok - (Amazon.com)
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This is overall an interesting read with real world characters and a captivating story line. Perhaps limited by the format of a business novel, I have found that the greatest weakness is not having any discussions on the applicability of the proposed methodology. In other words, the DBR with a constraint instead of a balanced line approah may or may not work for the readers' circumstances. The necessary conditions and limtation of the methodology is not discussed at all. The whole argument is presented around a dice game that has too many deviations from a real production line. I would like to ask further:
*How reepeatable are the results of the dice game? How sound is the statistics behind it?
*How close is the game in resemblance to reality of a production line? What are the limitations? Under what conditions would the TOC approach (DBR) work better or worse?
*Under what conditions does a balanced line with takt time work better or worse than an unbalanced line? How to quantify the variability in order to determine which approach to use?
Here is a link that discuss more on these topics.
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5つ星のうち 3.0 Trying too hard to make a story. . . 2013/4/3
投稿者 R. C. Klassen - (Amazon.com)
形式: ハードカバー Amazonで購入
The book follows "It's Not Luck" and others, is a "spin-off" if you will of the Eliyahu Goldratt ground-breaking book, "The Goal."

While the book follows the same business novel format as its predecessors, it gets lost in the personal/love story in a way that is far more distracting and contrived. The main message is still there, it's just entwined in a soap-opera tale, more so than the Goldratt books.

The combination of Lean, Six Sigma, and Theory of Constraints is not as clearly and convincingly depicted as TOC was in "The Goal," or "It's Not Luck." In the end, it almost seemed as if one or two systems would have been better to try to use all three simultaneously. While a little imagination could apply the other two books to nearly any industry, "Velocity" clearly belongs primarily to manufacturing and related fields.
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