How Toyota Turns Workers Into Problem Solvers


Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog

OK, so it doesn't seem very lean for a blog to link to a blog that's linked to an article. But…. the Curious Cat blog is very much worth checking out for information about TPS and W. Edwards Deming. Plus, the Steven Spear interview (direct link here, if you must) is outstanding in terms of describing the Toyota Production System as a management system along the lines of the “Thinking Production System”, as Toyota people like to call it. TPS and lean are more than just doing 5S and Kanban.

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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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