Bringing back the basics...

By Jeff G. on July 11, 2016
Format: Paperback
This book emulates what LEAN Manufacturing is all about. The author does a great job walking us through the Continuous Improvement cycle and provides all the essential tools to complete the cycle. LEAN Manufacturing by definition should in fact be LEAN. I am a Lean 6 Sigma Black Belt, so I have endured multiple hours and days sitting in class rooms learning LEAN and the whole time I sat, it never felt LEAN. John uses a different approach, one instilled by the LEAN Manufacturing GURU Taiichi Ohno. GO, SEE, DO, ACT.
Unlike other books in this genre, I liked the humor interjected by the author, which just made reading (and re-reading) the book that more enjoyable.

I would defiantly recommend this book to promote Lean Manufacturing, Continuous Improvement and General Understanding of what is happening on the manufacturing floor. I think all Manufacturing companies should require this to be read, understood and utilized by its employees.

Read it early. Read it often. Rely on it to work!

By Scott E. Kozinski on June 21, 2016
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This should be your first read on the subject of lean, maybe also your last. In fact, it could be your only resource, and you'd do excellently! This is initially a very practical text on creating standard work, but then quickly becomes a resource with depth of learning and leaning to be accomplished via the verb, Standard Work. I thoroughly enjoyed the humor and humility of the author, and was quickened by the encouragement.

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....grateful that John Allwood has shared his Labor of Love with me

By George Trachilis on June 9, 2016
Format: Paperback
I am extremely grateful that John Allwood has shared his Labor of Love with me. If you enjoyed the book half as much as I did, you will singing the praise, STANDARD WORK truly IS A VERB!

Rear Cover Commentary by President of the Lean Leadership Institute George Trachilis:

Great book, I highly recomend it!

By Amazon Customer on June 28, 2016
Format: Paperback
This is a great book, clearly written and yet it contains so much information on LEAN and the principles behind it. The descriptions and illustrations are extremely helpful, both for a novice like me and for a seasoned LEAN practitioner. It is rare for me to find a book related to my work that I actually enjoy reading, this book is definitely the exception. The humor used by the author was well placed and carried me through so that I wanted to read more. I definitely recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn more about LEAN.

                              STANDARD WORK is a VERB:  

                     A Playbook for LEAN Manufacturing

“Standard Work is a Verb “is a developed discussion of LEAN from the Standard Work perspective. Much has been written about LEAN Manufacturing but very little includes more than a passing acknowledgement of “standardized work”. Even less discussion of how to use Standard Work exists.

In this book, John Allwood establishes the prominence of Standard Work, linking it historically from Taiichi Ohno’s own hand to its initial introduction to Western manufacturing and into the waiting hands of Bob Pentland. Bob Pentland later became John Allwood’s teacher at Tuthill Pump in Alsip Illinois. Pentland’s comments and anecdotes are included throughout the text.

John introduces the tools and skills required to perform Time Observations and write Standard Work for the shop floor and then he connects those tools to A PHYSICAL Continuous Improvement Cycle and explains how the CI cycle can be used as a visual control to manage processes. John then explains how these tools and skills line up into a functional “playbook” with which to approach any new and unknown LEAN situations.

John engages in a lot of discussion about the need to create the right environment to let the LEAN tools work in and to create the right culture to support and sustain LEAN improvements. He points out the WANT that must be present to drive transformation and the “what it takes” to fund the project with energy and people.

This book provides a bridge of understanding, complete with real world examples, that will take you from the principle and philosophical notions of “standardized work” clean through to the “fear of change” blasting, physical activities of Ohno’s Standard Work. You will be compelled to get out to your own process floor and try these tools on for size after reading this book.

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The Truth About Standard Work !!

An excellent guide to develop Standard Work!

By Gary L Halberg Jr on July 27, 2016
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Well written book on the development and application of standard work. I've had the pleasure of working with John and I know his passion and knowledge for this process. John breaks this down in simple terms to make it easy to read, understand, and follow.