Around this time twenty years ago, I was on an airplane traveling to from Connecticut to Los Angeles on a day-trip (a day trip!) to meet with an important supplier to my company, Pratt & Whitney. I had just bought the book Lean Thinking a few days earlier (at an actual bookstore), and I read … [Read more...] about 20th Anniversary of Lean Thinking
Archives for August 2016
One of things that has long interested me about Toyota’s production system is the role that cost reduction played in its development (obtained through non-zero-sum means). It seems an obvious point of focus for any producer of goods (or services). But what is not obvious is how the unit of measure, … [Read more...] about The Yen, the Dollar, and TPS
Flipped classroom? Who cares about that? The big news is that the marketplace for higher education flipped from a seller's market to a buyers' market starting about 15 years ago. The transition is now complete. The leaders of higher education institutions face an emergency situation, one that most … [Read more...] about Flipped Classroom? Yawn.
What is Lean management if, for all practical purposes, there is no "Respect for People" principle to complement "Continuous Improvement?" The answer is, not much. The thing that makes Lean different, special, and extremely powerful has been removed. "Lean," the generic term for TPS, quickly became … [Read more...] about What is Lean Without Respect for People?
There is a great mystery surrounding the emergence and subsequent promotion of "lean production," the generic name given to Toyota's production system, beginning in 1988. It is the absence of "Respect for People" for nearly 20 years. "Respect for People" was long part of the Toyota Production System … [Read more...] about The Great Lean Mystery
How and when did Lean leadership become separate from Lean production and become its own distinct area of study and focused practice? Well, in the mid-1980s through mid-1990s, all anyone really knew or cared about was "JIT" and "Lean production," the term introduced by John Krafcik in 1988. … [Read more...] about The Start of Lean Leadership