Category: Taiichi Ohno

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The Toyota Production System by Taiichi Ohno, Chapter 1

  トヨタ生産方式―脱規模の経営をめざして First published in 1978, Taiichi Ohno’s book, “The Toyota Production System: Aiming to Manage Free from Economies of Scale” is a classic. I have never read it in English, and my rendering of his words from Japanese will no doubt differ somewhat from the existing English version of

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The 5W1H of 5 Why

There is a wise saying that “Knowledge means nothing without wisdom to profit by it.” It’s not who we are, who we know or what we know, it’s what we do with that knowledge. We all have tremendous power to do good or ill depending on how we put our

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The Essence of Shop Floor Management

Chris Schrandt is a Gemba guy from Toyota who has wealth of experience in quality management and TPS. He had several great quotes during a problem solving class today, and this one about exposing problems struck me as particularly worth sharing: “If you have to ask, you don’t have shop

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Taiichi Ohno’s Revolution of Awareness

Very early in the book Taiichi Ohno’s Workplace Management the architect of the Toyota Production System calls for “a revolution of awareness”. He proceeds to talk about misconceptions and false beliefs of various types that people have, as he tells stories and explains parts of the Toyota system. Although the

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