Category Archives: lean

More than the 5 whys?

Sakichi Toyoda (of Toyota fame) developed a problem-solving method that will sound familiar to parents: repeatedly asking “why?”. However, unlike most kids, Toyoda believed that asking ‘why?’ five times led to an understanding of the problem and a solution. People often try to solve problems by addressing causes presented to them; the ‘5 whys’ helps… Read More »

What is Lean?

“Lean” was first referred to in “The Machine That Changed the World” – a book written in the 1980s by a group of MIT researchers who had spent years studying the global automobile industry. It was used to describe management practices then being used at Toyota. Rather than focus on individual parts of the process,… Read More »