Thinking People System
Overcoming the Mystery of Gemba Walks
During my many years in Toyota’s ‘TPS’ world, I never heard the term Gemba. What I did hear was “Go and See” and “Genchi Genbutsu”. So what is the difference and does it matter? Genchi Genbutsu This is Toyota’s term for what the rest of the world knows as Gemba. First, the pronunciation: *Gen (as [...]<img alt=""[+] Read full story
“Which Do You Prefer, Coach?”
This week I was working at a client site with a newly formed team of future coaches. This was the second meeting in a series of several aimed at developing coaching skills and TPS know-how. During a break in the action on our first day, I sat quietly with a member of the team named [...][+] Read full story
Don’t think it out. Try it out!
I can remember many times when I got “stuck” with my kaizen. One particular situation stays with me even though it was over 15 years ago. I was working with a company to help them make ergonomic improvements for each process in a product line. It was our intention to do this first and then [...]Last Updated on Thursday, 28 June 2012 19:29 [+] Read full story
Training is One Answer To Transfer TPS but it Needs …
To be Successful… A long while ago, when starting my industrial career, I was required to take Forklift Operation and Safety. For those who know me well, the idea of me actually driving a forklift is cause for fright. To date, I have avoided this task for the safety of everyone working around me. However, the [...]<img alt=""Last Updated on Thursday, 28 June 2012 19:30 [+] Read full story
How many people do you need to provide your product or service?
Close your eyes and get an image of a time when you have been really mad about inefficiencies with public money. Mine is during highway construction when I see people just “standing around” while a smaller group does the actual work. Every now and then, I get to the point of thinking ”those are my tax [...]<img alt=""Last Updated on Thursday, 28 June 2012 19:31 [+] Read full story
Page 1 of 3