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 who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.

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