One of the changes we’d like to see in the New Normal is a resetting of the idea of what Lean is all about. In this video we’ll uncover a rare interview with Taiichi Ohno, the father of the Toyota Production System, where he admits that a focus on waste as a diversion strategy he used to confuse Westerners. The same can be said for a focus on Quality.
That’s not to say that bad quality or waste are good things. Taiichi Ohno’s primary focus, however, was in building a “river system” that connected all processes and supply chains into a fast moving flow. Waste elimination and good quality were (somewhat) means to an end.
And why the “diversionary tactics”? Because he really didn’t want to help American and European companies gain a competitive advantage by using TPS or Lean methods!
Here’s a link to the source document from Amazon: