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Month: September 2017

Simplifying the Complex: That’s the Secret to Real Lean – Part 2: What Tainter Said

Simplifying the Complex: That’s the Secret to Real Lean – Part 2: What Tainter Said

“Some people love to make things complicated. The key is to make things simple.” Taiichi Ohno (As recounted by Michikazu Tanaka in The Birth of Lean)   In my last post, I introduced the concept that the underlying philosophy behind the success of TPS is its ability to simplify complex adaptive systems. But, it is important to have a basic understanding of the foundations and characteristics of complex adaptive systems before we can take a step back and see how…

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Simplifying the Complex: That’s the Secret to Real Lean – Part 1: What Ohno Said

Simplifying the Complex: That’s the Secret to Real Lean – Part 1: What Ohno Said

“Some people love to make things complicated. The key is to make things simple.” Taiichi Ohno (As recounted by Michikazu Tanaka in The Birth of Lean)   When you come right down to the core of it, I think the above quote by Ohno takes us directly to the heart and soul of TPS and the often-disputed philosophy it represents. If we want to really understand “Why” Lean works (the subtitle of this blog), then we need to understand “simple”….

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