The Lean Machine

How Harley-Davidson Drove Top-Line Growth and Profitability with Revolutionary Lean Product Development

The Lean Machine

Author: Dantar P. Oosterwal
Pub Date: January 2010
Print Edition: $21.95
Print ISBN: 9780814432884
Format: Paper or Softback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814413791

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“With a fresh American approach, based on the iconic giant, Harley Davidson, Dantar Oosterwal makes the whole new concept of lean new product design and development clear and doable. If new product design is the last frontier for competitive companies, The Lean Machine is the guidebook you will want to take with you on the journey.”

— Patricia E. Moody, Fortune magazine, “Manufacturing Hero”; and author of The Big Squeeze, Powered by Honda, and The Incredible Payback

From near-extinction in the early eighties, the Harley-Davidson Company has risen to worldwide recognition for management excellence and innovation, and is a standout leader in the realm of product development. Part personal business journal, part big-picture analysis, and part step-by-step toolkit, The Lean Machine examines the groundbreaking application of lean manufacturing principles to product development at Harley-Davidson—a breakthrough that resulted in more products, faster cycles, and better quality, and that powered annual growth of more than 10 percent.

Packed with little-known details about how the company came to reinvent the way it designs new products, and a broad overview of the fertile corporate climate that made it possible, The Lean Machine uncovers the power of Knowledge-Based Product Development to achieve predictable, positive results, without having to continually fix late-breaking problems and full-blown crises. It’s a formula for outstanding success that can be replicated or adapted to fit your own company’s needs.

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