Tag Archives: Toyota

Lean is Not a Program….

Lean is not a program, it is a total strategy. ~~Taiichi Ohno   Advertisements

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Many Good American Companies…

Many good American companies have respect for individuals, and practice Kaizen and other TPS {Toyota Production System} tools.  But what is important is having all of the elements together as a system.  It must be practiced every day in a … Continue reading

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Do You Have a Lean Gas Tank?

I’ve already mentioned that I recently started reading The Toyota Way again.  Jeffrey Liker has a great example that illustrates an important Lean principal in a simple way.  He does a good job of illustrating Pull Systems, Just-In-Time (JIT), and Kanban with this … Continue reading

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We Place the Highest Value…

We place the highest value on actual implementation and taking action.  There are many things one doesn’t understand

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The most dangerous waste….

“The most dangerous kind of waste is the waste we do not recognize.” ~~Shigeo Shingo (Toyota)

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Get the Big Picture

[tweetmeme]The Toyota Way Fieldbook is an interesting read for Lean thinkers looking to sharpen their sword.  Chapter 14 is titled Develop a Thorough Understanding and states that if we fail to look at a problem in the larger context we … Continue reading

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Process Orientation

Noting the difference between companies with vital Continuous Improvement programs and superficial programs:  “The results-oriented managers immediately wanted to measure the bottom line results of the Continuous Improvement program.  The process-oriented managers were more patient, believing that an investment in … Continue reading

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