Thanks to Professor Peter Hines and the Enterprise Excellence Network for inviting me to present this webinar. Mine was the first in a series of free webinars that they are hosting in the coming weeks, presented by Chris Butterworth, Torbjorn Netland, and Mike Hoseus.
They've allowed me to share the recording of the webinar — it's 30 minutes of presentation with Q&A and discussion that follows.
During the Covid-19 crisis, some have blamed “just in time” or “Lean” for the current (and tragic) shortages of life-saving items like masks and ventilators. JIT has been vilified after nearly every major natural disaster that has disrupted supply chains. Is this fair? In this webinar, Mark Graban, a Shingo award-winning author, will dispel some common myths about just in time and Lean management. He will share a broader context of JIT and Lean, along with practical suggestions that can help organizations in various industries.
- Why JIT is not simply “low inventories”
- How JIT fits into the broader context of the Toyota Production System and Lean
- Why “lowering the water to expose rocks” can be dangerous if not done well
- How Kanban and “supermarket” systems work during the best of times
- How strategic inventories might protect us during bad times (but not the worst of times?)
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