The Property: Waste Elimination


A property is a characteristic common to everyone in a particular class or group.

The preliminary step toward application of the Toyota Production System is to identify wastes completely. 1

Eliminating waste must be a business’s first objective. 2

The fundamental doctrine of the Toyota Production System is the total elimination of waste. 3

The property is the essential attribute shared by all members of a group. In the case of a lean culture, that essential attribute is the understanding of waste, how to identify it in the work environment, and its continuous elimination. Ohno addressed this topic at considerable length and said that it was the “fundamental doctrine of the Toyota Production ...

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