An Inside Report on the Toyota Production System
I’ve written on how the Lean Manufacturing movement has helped shape agile development practices before on this blog, but I just came across a blog that gives readers an inside view into how Lean Manufacturing and the Toyota Production System, in particular, actually look in a contemporary Toyota factory. Certified Scrum Trainer Michael James, who recently authored a great introduction to Scrum, posted this blog about his recent visit to Toyota’s manufacturing plant in Japan. James weaves together review of the principles that constitute the Toyota Production System along with his first-hand impressions of touring the plant. Balancing a discussion of important aspects of Lean with personal essay, it’s a fascinating glimpse into these principles in action. Highly recommended.