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Tuesday Oct 28, 2008
By jimgris on Oct 28, 2008
There is so much to say about that quote. I think it's anti-intuitive for many people, which is probably why many miss it. But what I love is that it's just liberating. If this is true, and if much of Toyota's success is based on everyone being responsible for innovation, then I find that inspiring. Empowering. It means that innovation is not exclusive. It's not necessarily only locked inside the special people with big names, big titles, big brains, big megaphones, or big salaries. How utterly democratic. That's not at all how innovation is generally characterized, though. Be careful what you read.
So, will the American auto companies eventually get this? I think they will. It's cool to see Ford getting back into the quality game -- Ford gains on Toyota -- the Toyota way -- now so things may be changing. This bit about companies trying to leverage the Toyota manufacturing system is really interesting to me. It seems difficult to implement because it's such a different way of thinking, but extreme circumstances are also efficient focusing mechanisms. People get back to basics because they have no choice. That's where Toyota's system came from, actually -- a group of people who built a company during difficult times.
As soon as I read these new links (thanks for the pointers, Chris), I thought about how the Toyota production system is open source, basically, and how leading FOSS developers embrace the very same principles of incremental improvement. Just see Linus Torvalds here and here for one obvious and high profile example, but any reading of open source culture and software development methodologies will bubble up many interesting associations.
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Thursday Jul 24, 2008
By jimgris on Jul 24, 2008
Monday Jun 09, 2008
By jimgris on Jun 09, 2008
Totally agree. And there's no acceptable answer to the "why not Japan?" question, either. This is 2008, after all, my goodness. The obvious lack of diversity in traditional Japanese companies will only doom them to the wrecking ball in a rapidly globalizing world. Oh, and this Ghosn guy? He speaks six languages. Six. That's diversity.
Thursday Mar 20, 2008
By jimgris on Mar 20, 2008
Agree 100%. You can't win in the long run by playing defense and getting distracted by reacting to a competitor.
Monday Feb 04, 2008
By jimgris on Feb 04, 2008
When asked to comment about OpenSolaris, Torvalds said, "It's generally hard to build a community around a commercial entity that also wants to be in control because everybody else around that commercial entity will always feel like they're at the mercy of Sun. And I'm not even going to go into OpenSolaris because, quite frankly, I don't even care." And there were a few more bits after that, but that's the gist of it. Following the comments of Torvalds about OpenSolaris has been interesting over the last few years. Sometimes supportive, sometimes negative, sometimes indifferent.
But more interesting were his thoughts about the Japanese and the value of incremental improvements: "But if you just incrementally improve on something, you will get there eventually. One analogy ... is the auto industry 40 years ago and how non-innovative Japanese companies that just plodded along, how they were looked down upon by the true innovators in the U.S. auto industry. And look -- who was it that actually ended up changing the auto industry?" Totally agree.
One of the things many Japanese are famous for is taking the long
view. It's enough to drive the average westerner insane. But anyway. On
OpenSolaris, very early on learned to embrace a long term perspective,
and that came from dealing with many engineers at Sun who hold long
term views of technology. So, I wonder, what happens if we just plod
along, if we just keep improving OpenSolaris incrementally over time,
if we keep learning from those who have gone before. I wonder what that
perspective buys us?
Sunday Jan 13, 2008
By jimgris on Jan 13, 2008
Saturday Jul 21, 2007
By jimgris on Jul 21, 2007
Cool. Maybe my daughter will grow up to run Nissan in Japan some day. Actually, the very last thing I want for her to is be an executive, but that's not the point. Hopefully, Nissan will help industry in Japan grow up a bit here. It's 2007, after all, isn't it?
Sunday May 27, 2007
By jimgris on May 27, 2007
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