The term Jishuken came out of Toyota and has become a well-known word in lean manufacturing. It is often referred to as a “management-driven group kaizen activity”. But, the details of what is really involved in Jishuken may not be widely known. Akinori Hyodo explains the Toyota Jishuken and shares his experience of being an active part of it for more than a decade.Details
The following articles are summaries of our #AskSensei webinar events held with former Toyota Factory Manager and lean sensei Akinori Hyodo and other senior personnel from Japanese industry, on topics related to lean manufacturing, Toyota Production System and Kaizen.
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Good supplier relationship management is crucial for the success of a business and Akinori Hyodo argues that Toyota’s corporate strength is built upon the strong capabilities of its suppliers. We discuss the importance of supplier development and how to establish and maintain a strong relationship with suppliers.Details
Kaizen plays an important part in helping an organization mature into a lean enterprise. However, getting everybody on board with continuous improvement initiatives can be a challenging task. We discuss the benefits of Kaizen Suggestion Schemes with Lean Sensei Akinori Hyodo sharing examples from Toyota.Details
Leadership from top management is the key in determining the success of an organization’s lean transformation. But, how should they approach this vital task? We explore the role of top management and delve into the question of how they should take the lead in their lean journey.Details
We all understand the importance of personnel development within an organization. What is Toyota’s approach to personnel development and training? Hyodo Sensei discusses Toyota’s method and shares his thoughts on this important topic by drawing examples from daily life.Details