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 Situational Leadership, Part 1: An Introduction
Continuing his Art of Lean series, Art Smalley is back with a new topic and five parts, all focusing on situational leadership. In this first part, Art takes you through this topic's history and delves into specific cases and steps within this process, from diagnosing the situation to partnering for performance.
Art of Lean on Work & Waste, Part 8: Processing
Understand the two aspects of the waste that requires a careful understanding of customer requirements. Watch the final part of an eight-part series focusing on the seven classic forms of waste from the Toyota Production System by Art Smalley, president of Art of Lean, Incorporated.
Art of Lean on Work & Waste, Part 7: Defects
Though he's calling the waste of defects the sixth waste in this series, Art Smalley, president of Art of Lean, Incorporated, says you should consider it the first--or worst--form of waste in some situations. Learn when and why.