— Tore Rasmussen (@ToreRasmussen) December 16, 2016
For the past few weeks I’ve been reading the Lean Product and Process Development (2nd Edition) book by Allen C. Ward and Durward K. Sobek II. It’s very idea heavy, with practically every chapter introducing new concepts. Second edition has several great case studies which really help with understanding how some of the concepts can be used in practice. All in all, this is a book I’ll be re-reading for years to come. ∞
During the Second World War, U.S. government initiated an improvement programme “Training Within Industry” with aims of providing education regarding the importance of continuous improvement (CI). After the war, CI was taught to post-war Japan through works of Deming and Juran (Shingo and Robinson, 1990). Based on those lectures, Japanese developed their own way of CI thinking, nowadays known as kaizen (Imai, 1986).