VA Pittsburgh Definition of TPS


VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Toyota Production System –> Dead Link

Here is a nice succinct definition of the Veteran's Affairs hospital production system in Pittsburgh. It draws on the work of Spear and Bowen and their “Decoding the DNA” definition of TPS.

The definition lists the technical tools of Lean, but more importantly, includes this gem:

Every worker is viewed as having the right to perform meaningful work under the guidance of a teacher to meet customer needs.

The Toyota Production System is a system: its parts and organizing principles depend on each other to work. Thus TPS must be implemented as a system in order to function.

Lean as a system, and respect for people — very important concepts if you're using Lean or thinking Lean.

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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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