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5 Levels of Toyota’s Work Standardization: Learning from the Source.

5 Levels of Toyota’s Work Standardization: Learning from the Source. NOTE from Lean Frontiers: The following guest post comes from Oscar Roche of the TWI Institute. Lean Frontiers is pleased to welcome Oscar as presenter to both the TWI Summit and Kata Summit. These two events make take place between February 17-21, 2020 in Austin, [...]

Conducting workplace experiments

Conducting workplace experiments NOTE from Lean Frontiers: The following guest post comes from Oscar Roche of the TWI Institute. Lean Frontiers is pleased to welcome Oscar as presenter to both the TWI Summit and Kata Summit. These two events make take place between February 17-21, 2020 in Austin, TX and together have come to be [...]

$600 million in new sales, and thousands in saved lives – that is the value of my learnings at LPPDE

$600 million in new sales, and thousands in saved lives - that is the value of my learnings at LPPDE NOTE from Lean Frontiers: The following was an email sent by our friends at the Lean Product & Process Development Exchange. It's a testament to the power of "The Exchange" run BY independent lean product [...]

How is your Management System Working?

How is your Management System Working? ABOUT THIS ARTICLE: This article was written by Skip Steward, Vice President and Chief Improvement Officer at Baptist Memorial Health Care headquartered in Memphis, TN. Skip will keynote the 2020 TWI & Kata Summit Europe, June 4-5, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. Download a PDF copy of this article to [...]

LPPDE History: Part 1 The Early Years

LPPDE History: Part 1 The Early Years NOTE from Lean Frontiers: From it's beginning, Lean Frontiers, Inc. has supported the vision and mission of LPPDE as a non-profit organization. Leading up to LPPDE North America 2019 (October 21-24, 2019 on Jekyll Island, GA), we are helping to celebrate the 20th LPPDE conference with this multi-part [...]

Common Sense Lean: You Can Only Sell What You Have!

Common Sense Lean: You Can Only Sell What You Have! Written by Norbert Majerus, LPPDE Board Member If I was selling goods on line that I do not have, I might go to jail. Or if I commit to providing a service - like fixing somebody’s roof this week – knowing I am unable to [...]

What Does TWI Mastery Look Like?

What Does TWI Mastery Look Like? Written by Oscar Roche, TWI Institute The Oxford Dictionary defines mastery as comprehensive knowledge or skill in a particular subject or activity. ‘Comprehensive’ means? The first TWI Masters Meetup was held in Savannah GA on Wednesday 20 February 2019 just before the annual TWI Summit. The purpose was to [...]

Operational Excellence for the Cost Accountant

Operational Excellence for the Cost Accountant By Gary Kapanowski In the classic movie “The Wizard of Oz,” when Dorothy wakes up after getting caught in a twister, she says to her dog, “Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” This sentiment perfectly applies to those undergoing lean transformation. Just like Dorothy, employees [...]

Learning like they do at Toyota

Learning like they do at Toyota by Jamie Smith, TWI Institute Toyota Kata is not something you “implement,” it is something you practice. You learn, and gain skill and competence in the Toyota Kata patterns by practicing the improvement and coaching kata. This practice is best done with the guidance of a coach in the [...]

Toyota Kata Training: Conferences, Workshops, and Online Learning

Toyota Kata Training: Conferences, Workshops, and Online Learning Since Toyota Kata was first published by Mike Rother, several outstanding courses have been developed in the Kata community to move learners from basic awareness, to skill, and on to mastery. A few of our favorite courses, in a variety of formats, are listed below. If we [...]