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Top 20 Taiichi Ohno Quotes (2024 Update)

Taiichi Ohno Quote: “Without standards, there can be no improvement.”
Taiichi Ohno Quote: “Having no problems is the biggest problem of all.”
Taiichi Ohno Quote: “Progress cannot be generated when we are satisfied with existing situations.”
Taiichi Ohno Quote: “Ask ‘why’ five times about every matter.”
Taiichi Ohno Quote: “Costs do not exist to be calculated. Costs exist to be reduced.”
Taiichi Ohno Quote: “All we are doing is looking at the time line, from the moment the customer gives us an order to the point when we collect the cash. And we are reducing the time line by reducing the non-value adding wastes.”
Taiichi Ohno Quote: “The more inventory a company has, the less likely they will have what they need.”
Taiichi Ohno Quote: “Standards should not be forced down from above but rather set by the production workers themselves.”
Taiichi Ohno Quote: “No one has more trouble than the person who claims to have no trouble.”
Taiichi Ohno Quote: “When you are out observing on the gemba, do something to help them. If you do, people will come to expect that you can help them and will look forward to seeing you again on the gemba.”
Taiichi Ohno Quote: “No goal, regardless of how small can be achieved without adequate training.”
Taiichi Ohno Quote: “We are doomed to failure without a daily destruction of our various preconceptions.”
Taiichi Ohno Quote: “Data is of course important in manufacturing, but I place the greatest emphasis on facts.”
Taiichi Ohno Quote: “And we are reducing the time line by reducing the non-value adding wastes.”
Taiichi Ohno Quote: “If you are going to do TPS you must do it all the way. You also need to change the way you think. You need to change how you look at things.”
Taiichi Ohno Quote: “My first move as the manager of the machine shop was to introduce standardized work.”
Taiichi Ohno Quote: “The slower but consistent tortoise causes less waste and is more desirable than the speedy hare that races ahead and then stops occasionally to doze. The Toyota Production System can be realized only when all the workers become tortoises.”
Taiichi Ohno Quote: “The only place that work and motion are the same thing is the zoo where people pay to see the animals move around.”
Taiichi Ohno Quote: “Also, bad quality causes big disruptions in my river system.”
Taiichi Ohno Quote: “Only the Gemba Can Do Cost Reduction.”
Taiichi Ohno Quote: “I’m proud to be Japanese and I wanted my country to succeed. I believed my system was a way that could help us become a modern industrial nation. That is why I had no problem with sharing it with other Japanese companies, even my biggest competitors.”
Taiichi Ohno Quote: “Machine cycle time and manual cycle time are still mixed up all over the world.”
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