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Toyota Principle #10: Develop Exceptional People

Posted on July 3rd, 2016 · Posted in Leadership, Lean, Lean Thoughts, Toyota Principles, Uncategorized

                    Toyota Principle #10: Develop exceptional people and teams who follow your company’s philosophy.   Like Principle #9, Principle #10 deals.. read more

Toyota Principle #8 – Technology that serves

Posted on March 28th, 2016 · Posted in Jidoka, Leadership, Lean, Lean Thoughts, Toyota Principles

  Toyota Principle #8 – Use only reliable, thoroughly tested technology that serves your people and processes. NOTE: This principle doesn’t eschew the use of technology. It simply states that,.. read more

Toyota Principle # 7 – Use Visual Control

Posted on March 14th, 2016 · Posted in Leadership, Lean, Lean Thoughts, Poka-Yoke, standard work, Uncategorized

Toyota Principle # 7 – Use Visual Control So No Problems Are Hidden For those of you who haven’t been exposed to the VISUAL nature of lean, here are some thoughts.. read more

Toyota Principle #4 – Level out the workload

Posted on January 25th, 2016 · Posted in Leadership, Lean, lean tools

Toyota Principle #4 – Level out the workload (Heijunka); Work like the tortoise, not the hare.     Consider the following process: To meet customer demand, you calculate that you need to.. read more

Bully for Missy!

Posted on December 1st, 2015 · Posted in business, business model, Leadership, Lean, Lean Thoughts, Uncategorized

In 1999, as I was finishing my master’s thesis, I came across a small company: Title 9 Sports.  Their name has since been changed to just Title Nine (, but.. read more

“No Problem is Problem”

Posted on September 9th, 2015 · Posted in Leadership, Lean, Lean Thoughts

I’m not sure to whom credit for that statement belongs.  I suspect it is one that originates in the Japanese culture, part of their corporate wisdom.  In the world of Lean,.. read more

Distance vs. Frequency Chart

Posted on August 29th, 2015 · Posted in Distance vs. Flow Chart, Flow, Lean, lean tools

In a 5S Kaizen event, we eliminate as much from the work area as we can.  What remains, we locate as close to the Point of Use (POU) as possible… read more

Dealing with “Monuments”

Posted on August 22nd, 2015 · Posted in Flow, Lean, lean tools, Monuments, Poka-Yoke, Pull, Value Streams

“What’s a monument?” you ask.   Most organizations have large pieces of equipment that weigh tons, are often half submerged or above the roof, sometimes contain liquids (like plating chemicals),.. read more

Kamishibai (紙芝居) Boards

Posted on August 19th, 2015 · Posted in Kamishibai Board, Leadership, Lean

Kamishibai is another of those Japanese terms that doesn’t translate easily into English.  The concept is simple, but only recently duplicated in the Western World.  Why learn about it?  Because.. read more

Large Room Management (大部屋 Obeya)

Posted on August 14th, 2015 · Posted in Big Tent, Large Room, Leadership, Lean, Obeya

A lot of Americans bridle at the use of Japanese terms to describe Lean things.  I feel very much the opposite.  Language springs from cultures and shared experiences.  So, when.. read more