Taiichi Ohno's 100 Years of Lean

Posted on March 2, 2012 by


Great paragraph over at lean.org:

I’d like to think that Ohno would celebrate his birthday today by drawing a fresh “Ohno Circle” (where he would identify a good spot to observe the front-line, real value-creating work of the business), and observe the way work is done in 2012 to find deep, even revolutionary, improvements. I suggest we all do exactly that, pressing forward to new frontiers while continuing to deepen the fundamentals, asking ourselves: what preconceptions shall I destroy today? As Ohno says in The Birth of Lean: “If you’re going to do kaizen continuously, you’ve got to assume that things are a mess.”

A lot has happened in 100 years. How much progress? I suspect Ford and Ohno would have mixed feelings. What do you think?

This reminds me of some Taiichi Ohno quotes:

“All we are doing is looking at the time line, from the moment the customer gives us an order to the point when we collect the cash. And we are reducing the time line by reducing the non-value adding wastes.”

“The only place that work and motion are the same thing is the zoo where people pay to see the animals move around” (not exact phrase)

“Where there is no Standard there can be no Kaizen

“Why not make the work easier and more interesting so that people do not have to sweat? The Toyota style is not to create results by working hard. It is a system that says there is no limit to people’s creativity. People don’t go to Toyota to ‘work’ they go there to ‘think’”

Has Ohno influenced your thinking, if so how? Leave a quote below:

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