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Sharing my Toyota epiphany

With thanks to David Joyce for sharing an article today Learning to lead Toyota

All my perceived learnings and value of the Toyota story have just been thrown up in the air. Not to say the what I knew was not of value and the lessons no longer valid, but I now realise the magnitude of the learnings available are far greater when you look under the hood.

Through this one section all is revealed;

“…….the explicit specification of how work is going to be done before it is performed—is coupled with testing work as it is being done. The end result is that gaps between what is expected and what actually occurs become immediately evident.


With that we see the influence on Agile, Lean Start up and our validated learning techniques …..

Enough Said!


About Gary O'Brien

A Principal Consultant with 20 years experience in ICT and a diverse background as an IT Business Strategist and People Manager. I specialise in helping executives, teams and individuals to adopt and improve Agile methods, principles and practice. Using a strong emphasis on facilitating organizational change, and the role of management and leadership in an Agile world. As an Agile Coach I look to help teams adapt Agile and Lean thinking to their specific environment and impediments they face. Experience includes working with CIO’s and senior leaders to create and execute a vision and strategy for and adopting Agile as an enterprise approach to improving outcomes for delivering customer value and optimising IT.


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