So far in this podcast series I’ve introduced essential lean concepts like the idea of value and the seven wastes of lean. I’ve also discussed the concept of flow and the evils of over production.
The thing is, though, that all of these ideas are the outcome of scientific thinking and how scientific thinking solves problems. Why is it that Toyota mastered one piece flow? It’s because it’s economy was devastated after World War II and it wasn’t possible to remain competitive when following the mass production model used by American car manufacturers. They had to get creative and learn how to quickly convert an order into cash. The answer was flow and just-in-time manufacturing. [Read more…] about 007 – Lean Thinking is Scientific Thinking