Operational Excellence

The Origin of Lean

with
Niklas Modig

This program offers a unique and exclusive deep dive into the original philosophy of lean thinking and fits organizations and teams a bit further ahead in their lean management journey.

 Modules:
4
Language:
English
Area:
Operational Excellence
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PROGRAM

The Origin of Lean

This program offers a unique and exclusive deep dive into the original philosophy of lean thinking. When ‘The Machine That Changed the World’ was published in 1990, the first stone was cast in what became a decades-long ripple-effect of misunderstanding and a continuous game of 'whispers’. Lean is both the most widespread and most misunderstood management philosophy in the world – but today the founding principles are distorted and diluted.

Back to the roots of Lean principles

Born out of crisis and bankruptcy, founder Kiichiro Toyoda was forced to establish a new path, a new direction for his ailing company. These principles remain the “first, true stone” and the original definition of what became the Toyota Production System (TPS). It is, after all, in the heart of Japan where what we now call lean first started. While the world became obsessed with Just-in-Time methods, they largely ignored or forgot about its twin pillar, Jidoka – which is the improvement engine that drives the whole production system. They are two sides of the same coin.

Based on the book 'This is Lean'

Looking into these true origins of Lean, bestselling author Niklas Modig uncovered how Toyota Japan defines and explains TPS internally. Having gained exclusive access over several years to study their operations and analyze their original internal documents Modig reveals the genuine nature, principles, methods, routines and intentions behind Toyota’s ground-breaking philosophy.

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Niklas Modig
Niklas Modig is a world-leading expert and lecturer in the theory and implementation of lean.
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