Taiichi Ohno quotes

  • Having no problems is the biggest problem of all.
    -- Taiichi Ohno

    #Problem #No Problem

  • The Toyota style is not to create results by working hard. It is a system that says there is no limit to people's creativity. People don't go to Toyota to 'work' they go there to 'think'.
    -- Taiichi Ohno

    #Creativity #Thinking #People

  • Costs do not exist to be calculated. Costs exist to be reduced.
    -- Taiichi Ohno

    #Cost

  • The slower but consistent tortoise causes less waste and is more desirable than the speedy hare that races ahead and then stops occasionally to doze. The Toyota Production System can be realized only when all the workers become tortoises.
    -- Taiichi Ohno

    #Race #Waste #Causes

  • The only place that work and motion are the same thing is the zoo where people pay to see the animals move around
    -- Taiichi Ohno

    #Zoos #Moving #Animal

  • If you are going to do kaizen continuouslyyou've got to assume that things are a mess. Too many people just assume that things are all right the way they are.   Aren't you guys convinced that the way you're doing things is the right way? That's no way to get anything done. Kaizen is about changing the way things are.   If you assume that things are all right the way they are, you can't do kaizen. So change something!
    -- Taiichi Ohno

    #People #Guy #Kaizen

  • Progress cannot be generated when we are satisfied with existing situations.
    -- Taiichi Ohno

    #Progress #Situation #Satisfied

  • Where there is no Standard there can be no Kaizen
    -- Taiichi Ohno

    #Kaizen #Standards

  • All we are doing is looking at the time line, from the moment the customer gives us an order to the point when we collect the cash. And we are reducing the time line by reducing the non-value adding wastes.
    -- Taiichi Ohno

    #Order #Giving #Cash

  • Data is of course important in manufacturing, but I place the greatest emphasis on facts.
    -- Taiichi Ohno

    #Data #Important #Facts

  • Make your workplace into showcase that can be understood by everyone at a glance. In terms of quality, it means to make the defects immediately apparent. In terms of quantity, it means that progress or delay, measured against the plan, and is made immediately apparent. When this is done, problems can be discovered immediately, and everyone can initiate improvement plans.
    -- Taiichi Ohno

    #Mean #Progress #Quality

  • No one has more trouble than the person who claims to have no trouble
    -- Taiichi Ohno

    #Trouble #Claims #Persons

  • The more inventory a company has, the less likely they will have what they need.
    -- Taiichi Ohno

    #Needs #Inventory #Company

  • Ask 'why' five times about every matter.
    -- Taiichi Ohno

    #Matter

  • We are doomed to failure without a daily destruction of our various preconceptions.
    -- Taiichi Ohno

    #Destruction #Various #Preconceptions

  • My first move as the manager of the machine shop was to introduce standardized work.
    -- Taiichi Ohno

    #Moving #Risk #Firsts

  • If you are going to do TPS you must do it all the way. You also need to change the way you think. You need to change how you look at things.
    -- Taiichi Ohno

    #Thinking #Looks #Way

  • Standards should not be forced down from above but rather set by the production workers themselves.
    -- Taiichi Ohno

    #Risk #Management #Standards

  • And we are reducing the time line by reducing the non-value adding wastes.
    -- Taiichi Ohno

    #Waste #Lines #Reducing

  • Also, bad quality causes big disruptions in my river system.
    -- Taiichi Ohno

    #Rivers #Quality #Causes

  • It takes great effort to follow the rules of a pull system ... thus a half-hearted introduction of a pull system brings a hundred harms and not a single gain.
    -- Taiichi Ohno

    #Effort #Half #Gains

  • I’m proud to be Japanese and I wanted my country to succeed. I believed my system was a way that could help us become a modern industrial nation. That is why I had no problem with sharing it with other Japanese companies, even my biggest competitors.
    -- Taiichi Ohno

    #Country #Proud #Way

  • The key to the Toyota Way and what makes Toyota stand out is not any of the individual elements…But what is important is having all the elements together as a system. It must be practiced every day in a very consistent manner, not in spurts.
    -- Taiichi Ohno

    #Keys #Important #Together