Remembering the pioneer of lean manufacturing

09/18/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Eiji Toyoda, the former Toyota president whose championing of lean manufacturing helped turn the automaker into a global powerhouse, has died at 100. Toyoda adopted Ford's quality-control methods and instituted a rigorous campaign against waste. "Problems are rolling all around in front of your eyes. Whether you pick them up and treat them as problems is a matter of habit. If you have the habit, then you can do whatever you have a mind to," he said.

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