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September 27, 2013

Standing in the Circle

Anyone who has read anything about the Toyota Production System is likely to have read about Taiichi Ohno making new engineers stand in a circle in the workplace, for hours on end, to identify waste in the process. Personally the image that this story creates in my mind has always horrified me – how humiliating!
September 4, 2013

Lean in the UK – in the 1920’s

This blog is an edited version of the Wikipedia entry on Frank George Woollard the British engineer who established something very like the lean production system at Morris Motors Ltd. It makes interesting reading about this little-known aspect of the history of lean.   In 1923 Frank George Woollard led the re-organisation of engine production