Teaching the master

By  via idatix.com   Article

It’s Not Management For Dummies

“[Toyota announced] they are bringing manufacturing, engineering, sales and finance together in a new headquarters campus in Texas ….

Toyota is finally acknowledging the power of value streams, and that functional silos are troublesome even for a strong culture such as theirs. The move is all about lean management; not old school machete wielding Management For Dummies.

Currently, we’re operating as multiple affiliates in a connected-but-independent way. In other words, we still have silos, and that’s slowing our decision-making process. Our goal is to become not a group of dedicated affiliates, but one company — One Toyota.’  That according to Jim Lenz, Toyota’s CEO for North American operations.

It is interesting that Toyota is following, rather than leading, in this fundamental area of lean management.  Structuring into cross-functional value streams along end to end process lines in order to overcome the communications and cycle time killing effects of silos is an element of lean that has been pioneered by American companies.  Make no mistake, Toyota is still the star role model for lean companies, but it is good to see that, every now and then, the students can teach the master a thing or two.”


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