The machine that changed the world

image I heard a lot about Lean software development. By heard a lot I mean that I heard people saying the world, not actually knowing what it really is. Being a very curious man I decided to read about it. Colleague of mine, Jason Yip recommended this book “The Machine That Changed The World: The Story of Lean Production – Toyota’s Secret Weapon in Global Car Wars That Is Revolutionizing World Industry” by James P. Womack, Daniel T. Jones and Daniel Roos. I have to agree, the tile is rather long. It tells a story of Lean Production in a way it was born, in car industry after World War II. I started to read it and decided that I’m going to blog what’s in the chapters that I go through. I hope it will serve me as a notes from the book and as a teaser for anyone else.


What I learned in introduction is:

  • a bunch of scientists that meet in MIT decided to collect all the information from all major car manufacturers around the world about every single aspect of car manufacturing
  • team of 65 people were gathering information from all major car manufacturing companies
  • book is based on academic research but presents a dry summary of findings, instead of being a report

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