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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 [...]

Why Does Training Within Industry (TWI) Matter; What Is It?

Why Does Training Within Industry (TWI) Matter; What Is It? Written by Oscar Roche, TWI Institute Australia and New Zealand Operational excellence will be near impossible without a strong and continuous contribution from frontline leaders. A good frontline leader will be getting what should be done, when it should be done, the way they need [...]

Muda in the Business Case

Muda in the Business Case BY GARY KAPANOWSKI AND BENJAMIN B. BENSON To really capture the current scenario in the lean community, we turn to this age-old maxim: To be of use is useful; to show yourself to be of use is doubly useful. Lean practitioners are useful without a doubt, but when it comes [...]

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 [...]

Accounting for the Right Reasons

Accounting for the Right Reasons By Jim Huntzinger Jim Huntzinger is founder of the annual Lean Accounting & Management Summit. Read Jim's article titled "Accounting for the Right Reasons" published in the Journal of Cost Management. DOWNLOAD THE FULL ARTICLE (PDF) Join a host of industry thought leaders for the annual Lean Accounting & Management [...]

Decoding Value at the Source

Decoding Value at the Source: The ABCs of Lean Production Metrics By Tom Jackson Tom Johnson has been a fixture at the annual Lean Accounting & Management Summit. Read Tom's article on "Lean Production Metrics" published in the Journal of Cost Management. DOWNLOAD THE FULL ARTICLE Join a host of industry thought leaders for the [...]

The Convergence of Lean and Standard Cost Accounting Part 1

The Convergence of Lean and Standard Cost Accounting Part 1 By Gary Kapanowski The Beatles’ 1969 hit, “Come Together,” said it best: “I know you, you know me, one thing I can tell you is you got to be free; come together, right now, over me.” While there are many publications that highlight the differences [...]

Supporting Management Decision-making: Cost Analysis in the Lean Enterprise

Supporting Management Decision-making: Cost Analysis in the Lean Enterprise By Mark Pickering Lean accounting is evolving to provide information that effectively and efficiently supports management decision-making in lean organizations. Lean accounting practices seek to address long-observed issues with traditional management reporting and costing, which are magnified in lean companies. A significant component of lean accounting [...]

Success is Assured – Transforming Your Product Development Process

Success is Assured – Transforming Your Product Development Process By Penny Cloft & Michael Kennedy Does your company have a continuous improvement strategy for your business and technical processes? Do you use metrics to encourage/measure the usage of lean tools like, K-Briefs, Value Stream Mapping, 5S, Gemba, Standard Work, Plan Do Check Act. The obvious [...]