When I wrote the post The Term “Lean Production” is 25 Years Old – Some Thoughts on the Original John Krafcik Article back in September, I was frustrated that this groundbreaking article was NOT available for viewing or even purchase through MIT Sloan Management Review.
The Lean Enterprise Institute has now made the article available as a free PDF download on their site.
Read my thoughts on the article here. John Krafcik and Jim Womack have published their reflections on the 25th anniversary as a new essay in Gemba Walks Expanded 2nd Edition, available now. I’m hoping LEI will make that essay available on lean.org.
In typical humble form, they look back at their own piece with reflection and a bit of self criticism (such as not fully understanding the broader Lean management system at the time). They end the essay with:
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