On The Essence of Lean
Dr. Shigeo Shingo
Planning, Leading, and Managing The Lean Journey
Norman Bodek's Interview
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Copyright 2003 Strategos, Inc.
27 April 2004
Pioneers of Lean
Taiichi Ohno & Dr. Shigeo Shingo
With Norman Bodek
and Shigeo Shingo were the primary developers of Lean Manufacturing
and the Toyota Production System. Shingo was the thinker while Ohno had the authority and
determination. "They were both tigers," says Norman Bodek.
In a recent interview with us, Norman gives fascinating glimpses into their very different personalities and how the
Toyota Production System developed. There are many lessons here.
Norman's latest book, Kaikaku,
weaves together his own experiences in Japan with key personalities and the
essence of Lean Manufacturing. Norman was instrumental in
discovering these developments within the somewhat insular Japanese society. He translated and published the books of Shingo,
Ohno, Monden and other Japanese thinkers. Norman has also led more than 50 study missions.
Our upcoming issue is on
Capacity, Inventory and Variability. It uses queuing theory and simulation to address some very
practical plant-floor issues. See you then.
All The Best,
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as well as VHS. In this video, five workers explain how they designed their cell
and how it has improved their work and work life.
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