By Pascal Dennis
2006 SHINGO PRIZE for EXCELLENCE in production RESEARCH
Based at the author's own event with Toyota’s grasp lecturers and with businesses in the course of nice swap, Andy & Me is a company novel set in a failing New Jersey vehicle plant concentrating on the tribulations of Tom Pappas, the plant supervisor. The occasions, characters and plant politics will ring precise with many readers.
In a funky, readable type, Andy & Me follows Tom's courting with Andy Saito, a reclusive, retired Toyota guru whom Tom persuades to assist keep his plant throughout the instructing of the mythical Toyota creation procedure (TPS).
On this trip, the reader learns that TPS is greater than only a number of instruments; it involves a brand new frame of mind and behaving. even though Tom reveals good fortune ― either in his plant and in his own lifestyles ― he learns from Andy that profitable development is "endless and eternal."
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What is the total cost each hour? Include direct and indirect labor, machine cost, space cost, and so on. What is output each hour? What is quality and lead time? ” “I like that approach, sensei. But I’m concerned. If our numbers look bad, Jed Morgan may try to shut us down. ” “I will speak with Bill-san and Rachel-san,” said Andy. All this was in the back of my mind as Sylvain demonstrated the wonders of Virtual Manufacturer. Andy watched politely. When it was over, he praised Sylvain for the “good software” and summarized his observations.
Not one or two months. Not one or two years, but a whole lifetime. Please understand. ” “Mr. ” He looked at me again. ” “You mean New York fries. ” “Ah, very good,” he laughed. ” I nod. An unusual lunch, but what the hell. “Okay. ” He turned and walked away, leaving me with Kano and Ueshiba. I wasn’t sure what had just happened. But I felt I knew this man. And I felt he could help us. What makes a good sensei? What’s the difference between a sensei and, say, a “subject matter expert”? Describe a sensei you have worked with.
All I know about you is what Dean told me. But I think you can help us. ” Saito looked at me. “The Toyota way is a severe way. Not one or two months. Not one or two years, but a whole lifetime. Please understand. ” “Mr. ” He looked at me again. ” “You mean New York fries. ” “Ah, very good,” he laughed. ” I nod. An unusual lunch, but what the hell. “Okay. ” He turned and walked away, leaving me with Kano and Ueshiba. I wasn’t sure what had just happened. But I felt I knew this man. And I felt he could help us.