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Month: December 2017

Simplifying the Complex: That’s the Secret to Real Lean – Part 5: Spear’s “Rules-In-Use”

Simplifying the Complex: That’s the Secret to Real Lean – Part 5: Spear’s “Rules-In-Use”

“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 post, I contrasted Toyota’s Kanban system of managing production operations with that of the Western attempt to do the same thing with MRP (Material Requirements Planning) software. Both represented significant divergencies from the traditional methods of managing complex production systems of that time. In my analysis, I tried to compare…

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