Jidoka, Part 1
LEI author Art Smalley found 1.8 billion hits for “just in time” and just 38,300 for “jidoka,” the Toyota concept of giving machines and people the ability to detect when an abnormality occurs. The search results should be reversed, according to Toyota veteran Smalley, who recalled his former boss saying, “Just-in-Time is just an extension of the U.S. supermarket concept and the German aerospace concept of takt time. Jidoka however is one of our company strengths and something to be proud of. It is what makes us unique and successful.”
Art of Lean on Problem-Solving, Part 3: Lessons From Martial Arts
In part three of his problem-solving series, Art takes on the techniques (kata) and ways (waza) behind martial arts, revealing necessary coaching practices in the process.
Art of Lean on Problem-Solving, Part 2: Lessons From NBA Coaches
In the second part of his series on problem-solving, Art Smalley gets a clean steal from the world of coaching in NBA basketball, examining how proper planning, execution, and analysis of the sport lends well to lean thinking.
Art of Lean on Situational Leadership, Part 5: Being an Expert and the D4-S4 Quadrant
To wrap up, Art Smalley gives some lasting impressions and key takeaways from his segmented takes on Situational Leadership. From continuing to analyze legendary leaders at Toyota to explaining what makes for impactful leadership, you're bound to take something useful from the final video of this five-part series.