Toyota Production System

How Toyota improved Parkland Hospital's ER — with purple lights

When Dr. Fred Cerise, the CEO of Parkland Memorial Hospital, learned that Toyota was moving to Plano, he saw an opportunity.<p>He'd heard the car …

Health Care

The Five Love Languages of DevOps

<i>Based upon a talk I have given at several events.</i><p>When we are working to bring about cultural change in our organization, it’s essential for us to …

Programming

Challenge accepted: Toyota production engineers turn status quo on head

<i></i> GEORGETOWN, Ky. (October 30, 2017) <b>–</b> It’s a big task, but Toyota Motor North America has the best and brightest accepting the challenge: innovate and …

Engineering

Kanban or TOC, which came first?

I recently ran an <i>Introduction to Kanban</i> training session for my work colleagues. I have started with Kanban origins, talking about how Toyota started …

Project Management

The Top 4 Characteristics to Look for in Strategic Leaders

Ensuring that management and other leadership positions are staffed with people who possess strategic leadership qualities can help teams produce …

Leadership

Optimal pull request size

Every team has an optimal pull request size, it's likely much smaller than you think, and making your pull requests your optimal size will improve …

Programming

Podcast #290 – @EricRies: From #Lean to #LeanStartup to #TheStartupWay

Joining me again for episode 290 is a three-time guest, Eric Ries. When we first talked, in episode 115 six years ago, his New York Times bestselling …

Lean Startups

How Toyota Saved Children’s Lives with Process Implementation

What connects a 75% drop in infection rates, a 48% increase in home rebuilding speeds, and an extra 400 hungry families receiving the supplies they …

Management

Toyota's Production Philosophy Combines Human Effort with Automation

Back in the 90s, the bestselling book <i>The Machine That Changed the World</i> revealed Japan’s expertise on lean production. It inspired many manufacturers …

Robots

The Toyota Way at Codeweavers

Codeweavers combines the Toyota way with extreme programming and continuous delivery in development and support to do small, frequent releases. The …

DevOps

The Service Journey: Evolution and Revolution

It was in 1999 that an article in the Harvard Business Review (HBR) drew attention to the fact that industrial revenue and profit pools had shifted, …

Internet of Things

Hackspace Capital Brings Blockchain to Crowdfunding Industry

In a land of ICOs that have no tangible product and only a white paper to show, raising millions in investments, a real company that has funded real …

Bitcoin

TPS for the Children

<b>Partners in Problem Solving --</b> TSSC Advisor Scott Dickson joined forces with Amy Taylor, clinical manager of Gastroenterology, and other members of …

Management

Scrum is Easy

Scrum is a lightweight management process. It was adapted for software development from "The New New Product Development Game", which described The …

Project Management

Neo-Tayloristic and anti-Tayloristic Models of Team-working

Hans Pruijt<p>Paper presented at the ISA World Congress of Sociology, Research Committee 26, 7-12 juli 2002<br>Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam ESSB<br>Postbus …

Management

Toyota Marks 25 Years of Knowledge Sharing with North American Small Business and Non-Profits by Engaging New Sectors

PLANO, Texas, Sept. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Ace Metal Crafts in Bensenville, Ill., needed to find a way to reduce their production lead time. Harbor-UCLA Medical Center's eye clinic wanted to serve more patients. SBP sought to reduce the amount of time it takes to rebuild homes after natural …

Management

The Case for Investing More in People

“Productivity isn’t everything, but in the long run it is almost everything,” wrote Paul Krugman more than 20 years ago. “A country’s ability to improve its standard of living over time depends almost entirely on its ability to raise output per worker.”<p>There is a virtuous cycle between productivity …

MIT Sloan

Liberate Your Team with Clearer Processes

Ask the members of any team if they want to institute better processes, and be prepared for them to roll their eyes. “‘Better processes’ means ‘more …

Management

UPDATED: Toyota Provides $3 million in Relief for Hurricane Harvey

<b>PLANO, Texas (August 30, 2017)</b> – Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) is partnering with Toyota Financial Services (TFS), The Friedkin Group, Gulf …

Philanthropy

Why Do We Undervalue Competent Management?

In MBA programs, students are taught that companies can’t expect to compete on the basis of internal managerial competencies because they’re just too easy to copy. Operational effectiveness—doing the same thing as other companies but doing it exceptionally well—is not a path to sustainable …

Management

Toyota and Mazda to spend $1.6 billion on joint US plant

Toyota and Mazda have agreed to buy stakes in each other and jointly build a $US1.6 billion ($2 billion) factory in the United States,the auto …

Business (Australia)

Kaizen Is The Work Philosophy Of Continuous Improvement

Let's say you're working on a greeting card assembly line. First you stamp down the puppy cartoon on the outside, then you flip it over and stamp the …

Tim Ferriss

Toyota, Mazda to Spend $1.6 Billion on Joint U.S. Auto Plant

Toyota Motor Corp. and Mazda Motor Corp. agreed to buy stakes in each other and jointly build a $1.6 billion U.S. factory, the auto industry’s first …

Business

Toyota Pursues Futuristic “Hydrogen Society” Model for Decarbonization

Toyota is pushing forward with a new five year research project aimed at building a futuristic, carbon-neutral "hydrogen society" network.

Alternative Fuel

4 Rare (and Brilliant) Things Smart Leaders Do to Get Respect

The most unique leaders demonstrate some rather unusual behaviors not commonly seen in the corporate world. Is it any wonder they're so wildly successful?<p>Think about the great entrepreneurs that fuel success and make the business world go around. People like Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos; Jeff Bezos, …

Leadership

The Road Ahead for Connected Vehicles

Mass-market driverless cars are farther off in the future than media hype would suggest, and big automakers will maintain major strategic advantages.

Transportation

Run your startup the Toyota way

Toyota is known for its manufacturing efficiency. We’ve probably all heard that if a worker on the Camry line sees a problem, they have the authority to stop the line and address it. At the end of the day, teams meet to discuss what went wrong and what fixes actually fixed things. It’s called the …

Startups

The Innovation Trap (and Antidote) from Lean Startup

Media today is awash with stories of successful companies who are unprepared to make necessary changes to their business model and thus will remain …

Lean Startups

Lessons from Japanese Business Culture

Want to improve the way you do business in the U.S.? Learn from the Japanese.<p>I recently traveled to Japan on business <i>and</i> pleasure. Anticipating …

Management

Canada has lost tools to help build auto industry, study says

The tools that Canadian governments wielded for decades to create a world-class auto assembly industry in Canada have almost entirely disappeared or are now available in other countries, forcing policy makers to offer higher financial incentives.<p>Those are among the key conclusions of a study of …

Management