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The Lean Machine

2017-09-13


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:   Dominic Bria
Shingo Institute
Phone: +1.435.797.0771
Email: dominic.bria@usu.edu
 
“The Lean Machine” by Dantar Oosterwal Receives Shingo Publication Award
 
Summary: After trained examiners and accomplished business professionals performed a thorough assessment of his work, Dantar P. Oosterwal has been selected as recipient of an internationally recognized award from the Shingo Institute, a program in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business. The author will receive the award at the Shingo International Conference occurring April 9-13, 2018 in Orlando, Florida.
 
LOGAN, Utah — The Shingo Institute, a program in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University, has awarded Dantar P. Oosterwal with the Shingo Publication Award for his book, “The Lean Machine: How Harley-Davidson Drove Top-Line Growth and Profitability with Revolutionary Lean Product Development.” A former Harley-Davidson executive, Oosterwal is a lean product development practitioner, advisor, speaker and author.
 
“Receipt of the Shingo Publication Award signifies an author's significant contribution and practical application to the body of knowledge regarding enterprise excellence,” said Ken Snyder, executive director of the Shingo Institute.
 
By “challenging” or applying for an award, authors invite a group of accomplished professionals and trained examiners from the Shingo Institute to thoroughly review their publications. Shingo examiners select recipients based on a rigorous set of standards.
 
From near-extinction in the early 1980s, 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. “The Lean Machine” is an inside look at how Harley-Davidson was able to adapt in an ever-changing world and accelerate product development. Rooted in Japanese productivity improvement techniques, knowledge-based product development helped fuel Harley's incredible period of sustained growth. Even after the company earned the PDMA Corporate Innovator Award in 2003, Oosterwal, a Harley-Davidson executive at the time, took the improvement a quantum leap further. By implementing Lean product development techniques, Harley realized an unprecedented fourfold increase in throughput in half the time, powering annual growth of more than ten percent. In “The Lean Machine,” Oosterwal shows the day-to-day transformation at Harley and identifies universal change and improvement issues, so that companies in any industry can incorporate knowledge-based innovation with predictably excellent results.
 
Nigel Thurlow is a transformational leader, trainer and coach and says, “This book is a masterclass in Lean product development and … is on my list of essential reading for anyone working in transformational change.” Larry Navarre, a lecturer in the School of Management at Kettering University says, “There are few opportunities to learn how organizations make the transformation to excellence. Oosterwal shares the actual experience in learning from the original researchers of Lean PD. Few works provide the practitioner with such insight into how one organization can change as well as general application to any enterprise seeking improvement in development effectiveness and efficiency. A very valuable contribution to our discipline.”
 
Oosterwal will receive his award at the awards ceremony during the Shingo Conference in Orlando, Florida, USA on April 9-13, 2018. The conference is a week-long event featuring a selection of workshops, plant tours, keynote speakers and breakout sessions designed to provide ongoing knowledge, insights and experience for organizations in pursuit of operational excellence.
 
About the Shingo Institute
The Shingo Institute is home of the Shingo Prize, an award that recognizes organizations that demonstrate an exceptional culture that fosters continuous improvement. A program in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University, the Shingo Institute is named after Japanese industrial engineer and Toyota advisor, Shigeo Shingo. Dr. Shingo distinguished himself as one of the world’s thought leaders in concepts, management systems and improvement techniques that have become known as the Toyota Production System.
 
Drawing from Dr. Shingo’s teachings and years of experience working with organizations worldwide, the Shingo Institute developed the Shingo Model™ which is the basis for its several educational offerings, including workshops, study tours and conferences. Workshops are available in multiple languages through the Institute’s licensed affiliates. For more information on workshops, affiliates, or to register to attend the next Shingo Conference, please visit www.shingo.org.
About the Shingo Institute

Housed at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University, the Shingo Institute is named after Japanese industrial engineer Shigeo Shingo. Shingo distinguished himself as one of the world's thought leaders in concepts, management systems and improvement techniques that have become known as the Toyota Business System. Drawing from Shingo's teachings and years of experience working with organizations throughout the world, the Shingo Institute has developed the Shingo Model™ which is the basis for several educational offerings including workshops, study tours and conferences. It also awards and recognizes organizations that demonstrate an exceptional culture that continually strives for improvement and progress. Those interested in more information or in registering to attend the 30th International Shingo Conference may visit www.shingo.org.