Chapter 7

Lean Preparation

The rules, not the tools, drive the decisions and direction of the organization. A rule used by Toyota (The Toyota Way) include the notion that all work shall be highly specified as to content, sequence, timing and outcome (e.g. standardized work) and taking a scientific approach to problem‑solving.

The Shingo Institute


The lean initiative takes a considerable degree of thought and engagement in order to change the mindset and behaviors of those who are willing to make the journey. Toyota’s journey over the past several decades focused on two primary concepts, Just-In-Time (JIT) and Jidoka, both of which required a cultural shift in thinking about how inventory is managed and problems are solved in order ...

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