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Month: November 2017

Simplifying the Complex: That’s the Secret to Real Lean – Part 4: Kanban versus MRP

Simplifying the Complex: That’s the Secret to Real Lean – Part 4: Kanban versus MRP

“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 the previous three posts (see Table of Contents), I highlighted Toyota’s Taiichi Ohno’s fascination with bringing simplicity into their production system. But Ohno fully realized that bringing simplicity into an already complex system required a lot of hard work. I emphasized the word “lot” on purpose. It is not easy to make…

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