Posted by: Hysam Darwan | June 12, 2013

A True Test: Process Under Pressure


Imagine stretching out forty feet of hose on your lawn to water the far corner of your yard. Now, imagine turning on the spigot and seeing a mini-geyser of water spraying out of a split in the side of the hose about fifteen feet from you. I can easily conjure up that mental image because I have experienced it more than once in real life…something to do with leaving the hose in the sun when it still has water in it.

One of my first introductions to Lean was the book The Toyota Way by Jeffrey K. Liker. For those who have not read it, this book describes the concepts and principles used by Toyota that form the basis for the company’s system of Lean Production.

There is a section in the book that caused me to instinctively conjure up that scene of water spewing out of my hose…

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