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Chapter 3 Coach and Develop Others > TPS Creates Challenges to Force Employees’...

TPS Creates Challenges to Force Employees’ Development

The Toyota production system itself is largely designed to create continual challenges for leaders and team members. Taiichi Ohno illustrated the fundamental principles of TPS with a picture of a boat traveling on a river that was flowing over rocks. He explained that the water was like inventory. With more water, the rocks are hidden below the surface and become invisible to the boaters. As the water level falls, however, the rocks will break the surface, and the boat must stop until the rocks are eliminated or crash. The rocks signify problems (equipment downtime, quality problems, communication problems, and on and on), and in traditional mass production, they are covered up by inventory: it seems to be smooth sailing despite all the pr....


  

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