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My first article for 2012 addressed New Year’s Resolutions and made the argument that they are a critical requirement for any personal Continuous Improvement program and speaks directly to “Plan, Do, Check, Adjust”. A year has gone by and I find that I believe in it still.
I resolved that 2012 was going to be “The year of getting things done”.
As such, I was not going to start any new projects until the countless partially completed projects were fully completed. The specific wording was:
I am sure that for many of us, 2011 was quite the ride. And in spite of the considerable challenges and incredible odds, the vast majority of us made it to 2012 (certainly, those reading this article did). A “Hip-Hip-Hurray” to all of us!
”We started our Lean journey at Ford Motor Company in 1983. Inspired and impressed by the success in gaining market share achieved by the Japanese car manufacturer Toyota we went to Japan to study their means and methods, and we came back with the right recipe. With this is at hand we implemented all the good things we have seen, such as: Quality circle, Kaizen, VSM (called MIFA at Toyota), JIT, Kanban-system and all the other methodologies you can read about in the Lean books. We started to pour all our energy into implementing these tools.