Construction Executives Visit Toyota, Learn Kaizen

From time to time we post articles about our Lean manufacturing benchmarking trips and travelogues of doing kaizen in interesting places around the world. Today I want to point you to the Reforming Project Management blog and an article titled Construction Executive Lessons from the Toyota Visit.
Our friends Hal Macomber and Norman Bodek took a group of construction executives on a tour through Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky to study their kaizen and production management methods. They share a summary of 23 lessons these construction executives learned from Toyota, plus 3 lessons each from Hal and Norman.
Highlights from their visit to Toyota in Kentucky include excellent use of visual management, the “stop and fix” jidoka philosophy, job rotation during each day, cleaning and organizing as part of a daily routine, communicating metrics and mottos, small team kaizen activity, customer involvement, standard work, and more.