Agile Manufacturing represents a quantum leap forward in manufacturing that could enable the West to gain a real competitive advantage over the Japanese. However, the term is often regarded as synonymous with Lean Production, Flexible Manufacturing or CIM. This book sets out to define Agile Manufacturing and to dispel the mistaken beliefs that surrounds it. The book analyses how our traditions, conventions, values and beliefs, based on outdated ideas and philosophies, block the path to achieving Agile Manufacturing. The book then maps the way forward by showing how a revolutionary approach is needed to designing and implementing manufacturing systems, technologies, and organizations where the emphasis is on levering the skills and knowledge of people in the organization.