I was recently flipping through one of my favorite lean books of all time, Taiichi Ohno’s Workplace Management (affliliate link).
I often grab this book, open it up, and randomly read a page much like I do with the Bible.
You see, for me, as with the Bible, there really is nothing but goodness in Ohno’s words.
Take for example this bit of wisdom found on page 70.
In 1956 or 1957, I saw my first American factory, but saw that what they were doing was ordinary. There was nothing fantastic about what they were doing.
I was able to see factories of GM, Ford, and that when a production line has been rationalized there was nothing extraordinary about it. The more rationalization efforts progress, the more it appears they were only doing things that are obvious, from the point of view of the third party.
When something looks fantastic there must be something bad about it. So if you tour a factory and think “Wow!” then this is not such a good factory. When you see a factory and think “There is nothing worth seeing here,” they may in fact be doing a lot better.
Very interesting words. Do you agree with them?