Steven Spear: Still Decoding the DNA of the TPS

2016 Northeast Lean Conference Keynote Presentation.

In the 1980's Toyota gave the Big Three whiplash, roaring from behind and soaring ahead on all meaningful measures: quality, productivity, time to market, profitability, market share and growth. Toyota's lean manufacturing paradigms emerged to be the antidotes for manufacturing's woes. Yet, it hasn't had much of an impact. For all the espousing of continuous improvement, kaizen blitzes and the like, very few companies compete on learning speed, turning all work into knowledge work. Steve focuses on why this is Toyota's true power source for sustained improvement and how to do emulate it.