Womack: Toyota Now and the Risks They Face
Why Toyota Won and How Toyota Can Lose by James Womack
Toyota’s great risk, the way it can lose, is that its new managers and the managers in its new suppliers will revert to the old, mass-production mentality of the companies or schools they have come from. If this happens, Toyota’s management performance will regress toward the mean. Instead of moving the whole world to embrace lean management, Toyota will become just another company. And that will be a tragic failure for us all.
The heart of the lean manager’s knowledge is strategy deployment originating with senior managers, A3 problem solving
for line managers in the middle of the organization, and standardized work for primary supervisors near the bottom.
This is another excellent article by Womack. See more articles on lean management by Womack. Reissue addition of the Machine that Changed the World (with revised forward and afterword).
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