Who are the Lean Success Stories?
Question for the blog readers:
Who are the great lean companies?
Don't give me a list of Shingo Prize winners. Don't tell us who has done a lot of lean stuff or who has used lean practices here and there, even if it's over many years. Who are the companies that really “deeply implement” the Toyota Production System culture and management mindset? Who has implemented and adopted the 14 points of The Toyota Way?
Lots of discussion about this on the blog recently. Jeff Liker thinks less than 2% of auto suppliers qualify as having “deeply implemented TPS.” GE is trying to do Lean, but blog readers are skeptical that it's more than a tool for GE. People go and tour Japan to see Toyota and other lean companies, but there have to be good ones here in the U.S. at this point.
So who are they? Who would you add to an “American Kaikaku Lean” tour list? What companies, what plants, what cities?