This book is different. Firstly, it acknowledges the fact that people find implementation difficult so it approaches the situation by focusing on a number of specific scenarios --some involving growth, some involving decline …. and takes the reader through the detailed application of MCPD in these scenarios.
The author’s experience as a lean manufacturing consultant has clearly shaped his approach to the development of strategy and practice - no bad thing obviously … but he has added his own thoughtful and thorough approach on top to provide a ’system’ capable of providing real improvements in manufacturing productivity and profitability.
The book is detailed and peppered with abbreviations - sometimes making it quite a ‘hard’ read. It is also generally a book that suits readers not afraid of quantitative approaches and the application of mathematical formulae. However the author also recognizes that improving productivity via a structured, quantitative approach also brings intangible benefits.
It is worth persevering with the detail to uncover the underlying principles and ‘truths’ that will allow you to ‘make a difference’."
Alin’s book is an answer and a practical guide to all these. It shows the basic fundamental and scientific steps and factors that are supporting his new very original approach to the profitability and productivity and also practical suggestions when facing problems on the production floor."
The 7 presented matrixes are intuitive and can be easily used for any practical model, and based on them (using the PDCA cycle), real data are available to achieve annual MCI targets. Also, it is very well underlined the way to set the annual MCI means targets (``what how/through what leverage``) taking into account the current and future context of the market & sales.
Clearly, it is a book that can be applied in factories to reduce costs consistently and strategically. I recommend the MCPD system and this book to those who realize or not that they are on a mountain of losses and waste and also have the necessity, ambition and leverage needed to radically improve this current status!"