“But TPS Doesn’t Apply to Us….”

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Here is my latest article for “The Lean Post” and the Lean Enterprise Institute:

But TPS Doesn't Apply to Us….”

We hear that a lot.

“But patient aren't cars.”

Well, true.

“But we build planes, those are more complicated than cars.”

Yeah, but what's your point?

In this article, I pose a hypothesis about the first time somebody might have said, “But TPS doesn't apply to us — we're different” and why that place might have very well been….. TOYOTA.


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Mark Graban
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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