Feature Article – Oh, What A Company! – 03/05



Here is a very long article (set of articles, really) on Toyota and TPS. It includes thoughts from Taiichi Ohno, Fujio Cho, and Gary Convis.

I had previously heard that the phrase “Toyota Production System” itself wasn't created until about 1980 (although the tools were obviously developed over the decades after World War II). But this states:

“Although it began to take form after Ohno's return, it wasn't known as TPS until 1970.”

Be sure to scroll down (or search) for the Gary Convis piece, toward the bottom of the page. There is also a summary of the “14 Points” of The Toyota Way.

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker, and podcaster with experience in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. Mark's new book is The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation. He is also the author of Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More, the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, and the anthology Practicing Lean. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.


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