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January 2010 Blog Posts (5)

Ten Common Misconceptions About Toyota - From Quality Digest

The tools and techniques of what is commonly called “lean manufacturing” have their origin in the Toyota Production System (TPS). While the lean movement deserves much credit for popularizing these tools and techniques, a number of misconceptions appear to have developed about how Toyota itself actually practices continuous improvement. This article looks at some of these misconceptions. Readers should note that this article is not meant to be a definitive study of Toyota, nor is it meant to… Continue

Added by Hank Czarnecki on January 30, 2010 at 8:35pm — No Comments

Where Process-Improvement Projects Go Wrong

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal equates process improvement initiatives with losing weight; they both often begin with success but fade over time. Dr. Chakravorty, a professor of operations management at Kennsaw State University, studied process-improvement initiatives at large companies over a five-year period. Among his findings are five questions you should ask yourself regarding your process improvement initiatives. To read the article, click… Continue

Added by David Mixson on January 26, 2010 at 2:41pm — No Comments

How the Might Fall

Have you read any of Jim Collins’ books? His book Good to Great is a well-written book comparing highly successful companies with other firms in the same industry that didn’t do as well. You would probably recognize a couple of the comparisons: Eckerd Drug to Walgreens and A&P to Kroger. From these comparisons, Collins derived some basic principles of successful companies. I strongly recommend this book for everyone interested in business or personal improvement.

In his… Continue

Added by David Hicks on January 19, 2010 at 9:25pm — 1 Comment

Four Key Lessons from Toyota Production System for Process Improvement (From Learning to Lead at Toyota – HBR 2004)

The Toyota Production System (TPS) is much studied and emulated for use in other companies around the world. Unfortunately, many study the Toyota Production Systems’ Tools and Tactics such as the Kanban pull systems, cords, production cells, etc rather than the underlying principles!

The author argues that the underlying principles of TPS are more useful to study, and emulate, rather than the Tools and Tactics. Could not be more useful for Process Improvement in Services! Let’s see how the… Continue

Added by Hank Czarnecki on January 5, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

How to Get the Right Information to Improve Performance

From : Steven Spear, award-winning author of Chasing the Rabbit: How Market Leaders Outdistance the Competition, is an expert on leadership and competing through high-velocity innovation, improvement, and invention. He is a senior lecturer at MIT and a senior fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. With deep roots in industry and in health care, he is well known for publications in Harvard Business Review as well as the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Annals of Internal Medicine,… Continue

Added by Hank Czarnecki on January 4, 2010 at 11:41am — No Comments

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