"Nothing like a farm. Nothing like being around animals, fixing things. There’s nothing like being in the field with the corn and the winter wheat. The greenest stuff you ever saw." - Robert Redford as Roy Hobbs, The Natural
Lean Acres, by Jim Bowie, is the first fiction from Quality Press - a fable to be precise - and a step-by-step guide to strategic planning (with the innovative StrateTree™ model) and CPI project execution. The story isn't untrue, but it's not fact either. It is a story in which the group dynamics are real, the problems are valid, and the solutions legitimate. It asks you to consider a complex environment with multiple classes interacting between functional units with requirements that are perceived as exclusive and unique, and personalities that reinforce presumed boundaries. These are the members of the Farm Animals Team - the F.A.T. It asks you to follow along as all these individuals work together using the basics of 4 quality methodologies (Lean, Six Sigma, Theory of Constraints, and Business Process Reengineering) to address the problems they face, discover solutions together, and move forward in their continuous performance improvement journey. They need to improve because the competition is watching. And when he makes cuts, there are no happy endings…
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The Narrator
Chapter 2: Farm-iliar Territory
Chapter 3: Losing the Farm
Chapter 4: Growing a Strate-Tree™
Chapter 5: Born in a Barn
Chapter 6: A Lean Diet
Chapter 7: Skimming Six Sigma
Chapter 8: Cracking Constraints
Chapter 9: Business Process Reengineering for Ewe
Chapter 10: You Reap What You Sow
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