Japanese managers, accustomed to inflation and a high growth rate, were suddenly confronted with zero growth and forced to handle production decreases.
Note: TPS shines in the light of crisis.
The Toyota production system, however, is not just a production system. I am confident it will reveal its strength as a management system adapted to today's era of global markets and high-level computerized information systems.
Note: Ohno predicts Kanban for SW products
If the kanban system is introduced without being part of a total philosophy, however, I feel problems will ensue.
Note: Kanban w/o the values is nothing.
Our problem was how to cut costs while producing small numbers of many types of cars.
Note: Even TPS embraces variation. Misunderstanding.