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Shigeo Shingo's Influence on the Toyota Production System
Isao Kato was in a good position to observe the early development of the Toyota Production System, the model for lean production. He developed training material at Toyota under Taiichi Ohno, regarded as the chief architect of the Toyota Production System (TPS). He also coordinated the work of Shigeo Shingo, an outside consultant and TPS contributor. Kato sat down with Art Smalley for this Q&A about the roles of Shingo, Ohno, Sakichi Toyoda, and Kiichiro Toyoda about the early development of TPS.
- Kato’s comments in the Q&A led to a response on the Superfactory site from Norman Bodek, the first publisher of Shingo’s books in the U.S.
- Kato expanded his discussion of Shingo’s role in a follow-up article: “Mr. Shigeo Shingo’s P-Course and Contribution to TPS.”
- Smalley, a Toyota veteran and author of the Creating Level Pull workbook, further clarified the roles of Shingo, Ohno, and the Toyodas in: “A Brief Investigation into the Origins of the Toyota Production System.”