Toyota and Lean Land in Plano, Texas
If you know anything about Toyota North America headquarters, you probably heard it is moving to Plano, Texas. They are building a remarkable new headquarters building near Legacy West.
But what you might not know is that Toyota has revolutionized how companies and organizations around the world work together through something called lean. Lean is a philosophical approach created by Toyota in the 1930s to eliminate waste so you can better serve customers.
“Being Toyota’s neighbor in Plano is outstanding,” HingePoint CEO and Founder Bryce Finnerty said. “We not only eliminate waste for our clients who are doing redundant work because of the software they are using, we have adopted the philosophy in our own work.”
The HingePoint team has been reading “2 Second Lean” by Paul Akers for about a year now. We read a page in our morning, 30-minute huddle, and we all try to “lean out” our workflow.
Akers, who sent a personal message to the HingePoint team via YouTube, said lean is very simple and it should not be complicated.
“Lean is simply the elimination of waste by taking every process that you do every day and just removing that waste and making it a little more efficient and easier for you to do,” Akers said. “Lean should make your work more enjoyable. If it does that you’re going to be more productive, the quality is going to go up, the customer is going to win, the company is going to win and you’re going to win.”
Lean thinking is spreading. According to the Lean Enterprise Institute, almost all industries are applying lean thinking to their businesses: logistics and distribution, services, retail, healthcare, construction, maintenance, and government.
“Indeed, lean consciousness and methods are only beginning to take root among senior managers and leaders in all sectors today,” according to the Lean Enterprise Institute,
But what exactly does ‘lean out’ mean?
When we say “lean out your work,” we’re saying, “See where you are wasting time or resources and fix it.” Be like Toyota, and lean thinking will vastly improve your business.
If you only save two seconds on repetitive tasks, those seconds start adding up if you continuously improve. And if you take the philosophy to heart, you can lean out your life both personally or professionally.
Another good way to lean out your workflow is to fix what bugs you. Actually, all HingePointers are paid 40 minutes Tuesday through Friday to find something that bugs them and to fix it.
We’ve had employees redesign entire personal offices to learning more Excel keyboard shortcuts. You can see a list of more examples below.
So Why is Toyota and Lean Important?
Toyota vastly improved Henry Ford’s assembly line, by seeing how they could eliminate waste. Toyota called the philosophy of complete elimination of all waste the Toyota Production System.
“Waste can manifest as excess inventory in some cases, extraneous processing steps in other cases, and defective products in yet other cases. All these “waste” elements intertwine with each other to create more waste, eventually impacting the management of the corporation itself,” according to Toyota.
The production system was created with the objective of “making the vehicles ordered by customers in the quickest and most efficient way, in order to deliver the vehicles as quickly as possible.”
How does this apply to your business?
Toyota and lean thinking goes hand in hand.
But think about your own customers. Are they getting your best work in the most efficient way possible? Or do you have waste? Are you wasting time because you have some software that isn’t working the way you want it? Do you have all your data in one place?
Entire companies have been created around the idea of eliminating waste. HingePoint is one of them. We help you take control of your critical data that is locked in a server and can’t communicate with other systems.