In his book, Toyota Production System (Toyota Production Method in the original Japanese) Taiichi Ohno said: "The tool used to operate the system is kanban, an idea I got from American supermarkets... A supermarket is where a customer can get (1) what is needed, (2) at the time needed, (3) in the … [Read more...] about Toyota’s Supermarket Method
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I would like call call your attention to a small (98 page) but important book that I co-authored called Kaizen Forever: Teachings of Chihiro Nakao. While few in pages, the book is a giant in delivering to readers the mindset that created Toyota's Production System and their overall management … [Read more...] about Kaizen for Higher Education
When you think about the core attributes of Lean management (i.e. Toyota's management method), one cannot help but to be impressed: Lean is pragmatic - reality and fact-based. Lean improves communication, cooperation, and enthusiasm for work throughout the enterprise. Lean offers tangible … [Read more...] about What’s Not To Like About Lean?
The Third International Conference on Lean Six Sigma for Higher Education was held at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 8-9 June 2015. The theme of the conference was "Making Higher Education Institutions Efficient and Effective through Lean Six Sigma Deployment." The title of my … [Read more...] about Lean Higher Ed Conference Presentation
You are likely familiar with my e-books on higher education, The Lean Professor for faculty and We Can Do It! for administrators. I'm happy to announce that I've made some important changes: The books have been re-titled Lean Teaching and Lean University. Both books have been corrected, updated, … [Read more...] about New Books: Lean Teaching and Lean University
My co-authors and I have been working diligently over the last 10 months creating what we hope will be recognized as a very important book, one that defines the true essence of "Continuous Improvement" and "Respect for People." Kaizen Forever: Teachings of Chihiro Nakao shares the mindset that … [Read more...] about New Book: Kaizen Forever