“Kaizen is all around our shop” — Toyota San Antonio Video


Here's a nice little video about the Toyota San Antonio plant…. start it at 1:20 and you hear a guy say:

“… the belief system is that it can always be better.”

The main guy from the video says, “Kaizen is continuous improvement. Kaizen is all around our shop.”


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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.


  1. Thanks for sharing Mark. Just a pity that at 1:11, despite the Kaizen belief system, there’s no projects on the project/PDCA board ;-). Unless they would have left this way of tracking and following up improvement efforts (but then again, why would it be there then?), such an empty board would trigger me to ask some questions to the shift supervisor for that area. Nobody’s perfect I guess…

    • Good catch. It could be an example of “nobody’s perfect” or maybe they took things down for the sake of the video shoot? I’d be surprised if they did that, actually, since it wouldn’t really be readable on screen.


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