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Gemba Walk with Samuel Obara of Toyota Honsha – May 26, 2016

Why do so many companies try to implement lean but fail? The journey toward sustainable, continuous improvement starts with the Gemba Walk. You cannot devise useful Kaizen/continuous improvement programs sitting at your desk, but just going out and watching does not solve your problems, either – it only makes you an “industrial tourist.” On May

PDM Video: Root Cause Analysis

Hello Everyone! Samuel Obara‘s video presentation titled “Root Cause Analysis” from our June 22, 2011 PDM is now available to view below!  Presenter Samuel Obara is an advisor at Honsha and has over 20 years of Toyota Production System (TPS) experience.  As always, we encourage everyone to attend since part of the whole PDM experience

Lean Principles: Definition and Origination

What is Lean?  At its core, it essentially means doing more with less.  Formally speaking (and according to APICS of course), Lean is a systematic approach to identifying and eliminating waste (i.e. muda) via continuous improvement (i.e. kaizen) for the purposes of reducing cost and increasing customer value.  The origination of Lean concepts can be traced