Evaluate your operations or size up your competition, FAST!

June 23, 2017

Rate Lean: Fast by R. Eugene Goodson is now available on amazon.com.

Rate Lean: Fast provides busy professionals the skills needed to accurately evaluate operations efficiency from observations made during a brief plant tour.  The workbook describes in detail how to plan a tour, rate an operation, and envision an ideal lean plant based on the concepts of the Toyota Production System. 

Author R. Eugene Goodson first described his Rapid Plant Assessment process in 2002 for the Harvard Business Review.  Over 1000 plant tours and assessments later, Goodson has applied the accumulated data to create Rate Lean: Fast, published by the Tauber Institute for Global Operations at the University of Michigan.  Rate Lean: Fast combines clear direct instruction with numerous photographs, illustrations, and examples drawn from Goodson’s extensive experience in industry, government, and academia.

While Rate Lean: Fast will benefit anyone seeking to improve operations, the ability to assess the cost improvement potential in a target operation based on a brief plant tour is central to many private equity and strategic buyers. The RPA process taught in Rate Lean: Fast is invaluable to any mergers and acquisitions due diligence team looking for operational cost improvements.

About the Author

Dr. R. Eugene Goodson is Executive-in-Residence at the Tauber Institute for Global Operations at the University of Michigan. His extensive experience includes significant leadership positions in university, government, and industrial environments.

Goodson was Chief Scientist of the U.S. Department of Transportation during the first energy crises and led Purdue University’s interdisciplinary research institute through its initial development to a position of national prominence.  Moving to industry in 1981, Goodson led Johnson Control’s automotive seating business from a $150 million build-to-print automotive supplier to a $1.3 billion international tier one leader. He was responsible for building over thirty-five new JIT plants that epitomized lean manufacturing best practices. As Chairman and CEO of Oshkosh Truck Corporation, he led the company’s transformation from a single-product defense contractor to the market leadership position in two commercial specialty segments, and led the company through a quality and productivity transformation culminating in ISO 9001 Certification.

During his 45+ year career, Dr. Goodson has evaluated plants all over the world. Lean manufacturing, visual management, and the importance of an empowered workforce are major tenets of his management philosophy.

About the Tauber Institute for Global Operations

A joint venture between the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and College of Engineering, working together with industry partners to facilitate cross-disciplinary education in global operations management. Well-designed and managed team projects form the cornerstone of the Tauber Institute experience, and allow students to apply their knowledge to real world settings. http://www.tauber.umich.edu