“But TPS Doesn’t Apply to Us….”


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 is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.

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