What Really Makes Toyota’s Production System Resilient

What Really Makes Toyota’s Production System Resilient

Summary.   Toyota has fared better than many of its competitors in riding out the supply chain disruptions of recent years. But focusing on how Toyota had stockpiled semiconductors and the problems of other manufacturers, some observers jumped to the conclusion that the era of the vaunted Toyota Production System was over. Not the case, say Toyota…

What if we just break down the walls separating Lean and Agile?

What if we just break down the walls separating Lean and Agile?

This article is provided courtesy of theleanmag, a content partner of the Operational Excellence Society. What I like most about “Lean” or Kaizen is that when you apply it in the correct way and in the way it usually was designed to be implemented, you can make people’s work easier and less stressful. To me that…

Living Lean

Living Lean

Lean is probably one of the most misunderstood leadership concepts in business, and many people would even question why I would refer to it as a leadership concept. Surely it’s a manufacturing methodology, hence why it’s often referred to as Lean Manufacturing and is the descendent of the Toyota Production System (TPS)? Somehow, and despite…

Best Practices for Designing and Deploying an Operational Excellence Program

Best Practices for Designing and Deploying an Operational Excellence Program

These approaches can also be applied to Continuous Improvement, Lean, or Six Sigma Programs. I started my first business, XONITEK, in August of 1985.   I still own its latest incarnation located in Jackson Wyoming.  Having owned my own businesses for the last 37 years makes me uniquely unemployable.  Perhaps that could change given the right…

The key to effective problem solving?  It’s in the study.

The key to effective problem solving? It’s in the study.

This article is provided courtesy of theleanmag, a content partner of the Operational Excellence Society. theleanmag’s strategic goal is to grow and nurture the lean community knowledge sharing. we’re stronger together and knowing more prepares us for the daily struggle “Reflection is the beginning, not the end, of learning.” Do you ever find yourself in the ongoing…

How Much Time Does It Take To Complete a Lean Transformation?

How Much Time Does It Take To Complete a Lean Transformation?

This article courtesy of theleanmag, a content partner of the Operational Excellence Society. Ah, so before you get started your first question is “when will we be done?” Seriously, that’s how you think? If it is then my advice is don’t even start. You obviously don’t understand what the term “lean” means so all you…