1. Lean Production’s 25th Anniversary: Candid Reflections


On “lean production’s 25th Anniversary: candid reflections are offered by management experts James Womack, who led the MIT research team that coined the term; Dan Jones, chairman of the UK Lean Academy; and John Shook, CEO of the nonprofit Lean Enterprise Institute.

In the fall of 1988, the International Motor Vehicle Program (IMVP), a research team led by Womack that was studying global auto companies, was getting ready to publish an article authored by John Krafcik, then a researcher, now president and CEO, Hyundai Motors America.

The article described for the first time the new management system being observed at Toyota. The team needed a label. During a discussion in the IMVP team room, Krafcik suggested “lean” to describe Toyota’s system.

In the just-published Gemba Walks, second edition, Womack and Krafcik share what they got right and what they got wrong.

Read excerpts from the 60+ essays: http://www.lean.org/Bookstore/ProductDetails.cfm?SelectedProductId=376&utm_source=FB&utm_medium=YOUTUBE&utm_term=LEAN25&utm_content=VIDEO1&utm_campaign=GEMBAWALKS

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