Did the Reporter or GM Blow it on a Definition of TPS?
“On the manufacturing side, GM did sustain much of what it learned from Toyota in its Global Manufacturing System, a standardized set of practices that literally choreograph workers' jobs to maximize efficiency, minimize physical movement and focus on using inventory only as needed.”
That sounds like the old complaint of “turning workers into robots.” That doesn't sound like Lean to me. Did the reporter get it wrong or did GM tell the reporter a skewed view of Lean?
Kevin Meyer, at Evolving Excellence, coincidentally blogged about this yesterday, too.