The Problem: Distance from Toyota


Problems require solutions.

The lean world has become an interesting place over the years. Lots of companies in many different industries all over the world have been, and are, attempting to implement lean systems. However, the overwhelming rate of failure is hard to understand. Most estimates are in the 90% range, some even higher. I’ve often wondered why this is so. What’s the problem? As I considered my experience at Toyota, researched the history, and observed what’s been going on, many thoughts came to my mind.

It’s well known that Toyota has been the gold standard for any company attempting its own lean implementation. People from all over the world have toured the Toyota plant in Georgetown, ...

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