Recommended by S Badri Narayana, Director – Operations Excellence, FLAME TAO Knoware
Why to read ‘Building Organizational Fitness: Management Methodology for Transformation and Strategic Advantage’?
In the book, Ryuji Fukuda extends the power of his managerial engineering methodology into the context of the top management strategic planning role. The author provides information on the evolution of his CEDAC methods for use in strategic planning and implementation. It introduces several key management technologies and describes their successful application in many Japanese, American and European companies, including – P/O (Policy Objective) Matrix, SEDAC (Structure for Enhancing Daily Activities through Creativity), Window Analysis ( a method for classifying and analysing problem for a view point of management actions required), and Stockless Production (an approach to reduce work-in-process and lead time in an effective and easy-to-understand manner).
Excerpts: Although Ryuji’s work is less well-known than Ohno’s Toyota Production System, his approach by contrast, especially in leaned down organizations, is directed to the right level – management – where improvement yields 10 times leverage, versus shopfloor effort that are slower and one-to-one. As industry leaders are learning, it is the management and supervision that need to understand continuous improvement methodologies.