Simplicity is at the heart of Toyota’s approach to continuous improvement. In this video, Steven explains how their elegant solution follows the principles of Toyota’s founder and the disciplines of Lean. Learn how the kaizen concept operates within their approach to innovation.
- [Instructor] That quote is from Matthew E. May,…an advisor to the University of Toyota,…and the author of a terrific book titled,…The Elegant Solution.…Mr. May goes on to say that elegant is…even better than simple.…An elegant solution is one in…which the optimal outcome is reached…with the least amount of effort.…In other words, with the simplest approach…to getting the job done.…Toyota's view of simplicity is at the heart…of lean practices and principles.…
Elegant solutions solve the problem…without creating other problems that must be solved.…Toyota applies this view of elegance in everything they do,…but elegance is best illustrated in their approach…to innovation and innovative products.…Toyota concentrates on continuous improvements…in small incremental steps; the concept of Kaizen,…rather than looking for that ah-hah moment…of breakthrough innovation.…For example, the company spent 45 years…of continuous improvement efforts…before entering the luxury car market with the Lexus brand,…but Lexus passed up BMW and Mercedes very quickly,…
Lean concepts have been successfully applied to every aspect of doing business. In this course, learn the principles of lean and how they are used in processes, production, and services. Instructor Steven Brown also explains how lean thinking impacts the organization, from the overall business culture to day-to-day work activities.
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- Cite the focus of a lean strategy.
- Explain what a “rule of complexity” is.
- Name the three key measures of inventory.
- List the 5S tools.
- Define a lean transportation system.
- Describe the characteristics of a lean purchasing organization.
- Identify the characteristics of a lean company.