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Using Operational Excellence as a Strategic Weapon

Using the Toyota Way for Long-Term Success

Critics often describe Toyota as a “boring company.” This is the kind of boring I like. Top quality year in and year out. Steadily growing sales. Consistent profitability. Huge cash reserves. Of course, operational efficiency by itself can be dangerous. […]

Why Companies Often Think They Are Lean—But Aren’t

When I first began learning about TPS, I was enamored of the power of one-piece flow. The more I learned about the benefits of flowing and pulling parts as they were needed, rather than pushing and creating inventory, the more […]

The Toyota Production System (TPS) and Lean Production

The Toyota Production System is Toyota’s unique approach to manufacturing. It is the basis for much of the “lean production” movement that has dominated manufacturing trends (along with Six Sigma) for the last 10 years or so. Despite the huge […]