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Man - Concentration

Updated: Mar 28

“Human work is most important.”

This is the core philosophy of TPS.

If so, what is the most important "Point" of human work? This is the concentration of people.

Once critical points that relate to concentrations are determined, we connect these points.

My coach used to say, “Don’t ask the people to memorize the work. Let the materials and layout memorize the work. Let the people focus on quality and Kaizen.”

Then, we move on to the Area of standardized work.

These three points must be present inside each area for the work to be efficient and practical. Since these are points, it should take a little time.

Once standardized work is done, we see the solid or organizational issues.

Once, I had an opportunity to visit a non-Toyota plant. They presented many topics, but one of them was "Human error.” It is a great topic, but the solutions were all implemented with computers. Then I saw the assembly line, and massive turbulence was happening. I asked the team what was happening. The answer was that the human resource department was distributing checks (or the details of it). How can they ignore what HR was causing a distraction and present solutions for human error? HR had many reasons for distributing the paper then, but nothing justified that action. The organization did not respect the focus of its people. One of the first things I learned from my coach was observing the shop floor without disturbing the workers.

Many of the TPS philosophies are built on top of something straightforward. By starting from something straightforward, the system is constructed by focusing on topics by each dimension. Understanding what happens at each dimension will deepen the understanding of the system and develop the capability to improve.

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