TMMC - Go & See
It’s become a spring ritual for CI Leaders, and Safety Focused employees and any one else in the plant looking for new ways to do things to attend the ever popular Toyota(TMMC) Tours in Cambridge. Once again, we had a tram full of folks registered this past week and the a common theme in feedback every time seems to be:
“We are not like Toyota at all” or “I wish our workplace was as bright, clean and organized like Toyota” or “I wish we could operate like Toyota.”
My response usually is :
- You are right!
- You are not like Toyota!
- Toyota is a bright, clean and organized workplace.
You can wish all you want, yet that won’t get you any closer to operating in a parallel way. Toyota did not get there overnight and what you saw today, you may not see next time as they are continually improving and this requires changing what you are doing today to get to where you want to be.
So, take the first step. If you want to be a Lean organization or a better lean organization, there are things you can do today that will get you there. For starters, identify your current state. You need to establish where you are before you can determine where you are going. If you don’t know where to start – Ask me!
For those who have not taken the tour before, here’s what to expect: This very well organized tour begins with a quick video overview of the Toyota Production System(TPS), what training looks like prior to working out on their floor and includes a look at areas that we do not get a chance to visit. Following this, the group boards their trams, armed with appropriate safety wear, and earsets to visit various parts of the Manufacturing Floor. Our tours included a visit of both the North and South Plants. The Tour guides explain where and how TPS is applied like their Pull Systems, Muda, J-I-T, Quality, Safety, their People and Teamwork. Link here to learn a bit more about Toyota and how they build using TPS.
By the way, TMMC is not perfectly lean either….Just ask me about the much needed improvement that they could put in place to be able to register 48 folks at a time.
If you ever get the chance, join us next time to go and see for yourself what others are talking about and what their wish list looks like.
Until the next time…