Soichiro Honda quotes

After materials are carried into the factory, nothing but products

should be carried out from it.

Soichiro Honda



Lean enables simplicity.

Kirk Zylstra

Kaizen means ongoing improvement involving everybody, without spending much money.

Masaaki Imai

You can't do Kaizen just once or twice and expect immediate results. You have to be in it for the long haul.

Masaaki Imai

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

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


Scrap doesn't come for free, we pay someone to make it.

Edwards Deming

The most dangerous kind of waste is the waste we do not recognize.

Example of a Lean Value Chain

Shigeo Shingo

We have to grasp not only the Know-How but also ‘Know Why’”, if we want to master the Toyota Production System.

Shigeo Shingo

I regarded our progress merely as an invitation to do more – as an indication that we had reached a place where we might begin to perform a real service.

Henry Ford

The most effective way to improve productivity is to eliminate work.

Bill Conway

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

Costs do not exist to be calculated. Costs exist to be reduced.

Taiichi Ohno





The Toyota Way: 14 Principles




Continuous Improvement Firm

Lean Production

3 Broad Types of Waste

7 Wastes


Just-in-Time (JIT)

Toyota Problem Solving Techniques

Continuous Improvement Firm (CIF)

3 Basic Principles of Continuous Improvement

Kaizen Culture

Continuous Improvement Firm (CIF) and 80/20 Principle

The Toyota Way: 14 Principles

Suggestion Systems

Japanese-style Suggestion System

Fun4Biz Suggestion System

Kaizen – the Japanese Strategy of Continuous Improvement

Kaizen Mindset

Kaizen Strategy: 7 Conditions for Successful Implementation

Quick and Easy Kaizen

Kaizen and. Kaikaku

10 Kaikaku Commandments

Kaizen and Innovation

Glossary Kaizen & Lean Production key definitions and concepts

Quality Management

Total Quality Management (TQM)

Deming's 14 Point Plan for TQM

Kaizen and TQM

14 TQM Slogans at Pentel, Japan

Deming Quotes

Case Studies

Toyota Production System

7 Principles of the Toyota Production System

Canon Production System (CPS)