Quotes in process thinking
Stamping out fires is a lot of fun, but it is only putting things back the way they were.
A company could put a top man at every position and be swallowed by a competitor with people only half as good, but who are working together.
The consumer is the most important point on the production-line.
Your purpose is to identify where in the process things go wrong, not who messed up. Look for systemic causes, not culprits.
Why did the system allow that mistake to be made?
What? You can’t expect us to design systems that prevent mistakes from being made.
Yes I can. That is much more sensible than expecting people never to make a mistake.
PDCA is the essence of managerial work: making sure the job gets done today and developing better ways to do it tomorrow.
Email is a wonderful thing for people whose role in life is to be on top of things. But not for me; my role is to be on the bottom of things. What I do takes long hours of studying and uninterruptible concentration.
American management thinks that they can just copy from Japan—but they don’t know what to copy!
I read them. Not to grade them. No, I read them to see how I am doing. Where am I failing? What don’t they understand? Why do they give wrong answers? Why do they have some point of view that I don’t think is right? Where am I failing? Where do I need to build up.