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The Future of the Toyota Production System

“What Akio Toyoda feared the company lost when it was growing so fast was the time to struggle and learn,” said Liker, who met with Toyoda in November.

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How To Implement Lean Manufacturing

How To Implement Lean Manufacturing,
Second Edition
Author: Lonnie Wilson
ISBN: 9780071835732
©2015 | 2nd Edition | 416 pages | Hardcover
Pub Date: MAR-15… 108 more words



Sometimes we receive unreasonable and confusing directions, and sometimes we give them. Check out this example.

As in the short video clip, even if the systems behind this confusion are sound and the motivations reasonable, when you put them together they can create a frustrating no-win situation. 477 more words

Old Lean Dude

Hockey yes, but ballet now!

By: John McNeil

Mike Rother wrote a book about Toyota and Lean in 2009. Toyota Kata describes the choreographed patterns of movements that comprise Toyota’s rigorous approaches to their work.  319 more words

Lean Consulting

A Tale of Two Communities

There was a time when “community” was narrowly defined as “a group of people living in the same place.” I have distant recollections of a Boy Scout merit badge that encouraged scouts to study the geography, history, government and local customs of their town. 454 more words

Old Lean Dude

Continuous Improvement Tool: Quality Circle

Kaoru Ishikawa, a professor at Tokyo University, is attributed with much of the development of the idea of quality circles. It created great excitement in the West in the 1980s, at a time when every Japanese management technique was treated with great respect. 511 more words


Three Keys to Lasting Success

What does it take to survive in the world of business? Among other things, it takes unswerving integrity, a commitment to excellence, and thoughtful innovation. Take away any one of these three elements, and the company’s days are numbered. 724 more words

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