Toyota has put a couple of 4 minutes videos on line that provide a fluffy, pretty basic explanation of the origins of Jidoka, JIT and the TPS. In typical Toyota fashion, they give all of the credit to the Toyoda family and Taichi Ohno – no mention of any of the thousands of other folks who played important roles. Just the same, they make for some entertaining viewing – lots of old pictures of the Toyoda boys and the early plants. Depending on how fast your computer loads, they will take fifteen or twenty minutes to watch, but they are well worth the time. They are not bad TPS 101 level pieces for anyone in the company who knows right next to nothing about lean.
Go get yourself a box of popcorn, put your feet up, and click here to watch ’em.
If low class comedy is more your style, you can always click here instead and watch an incredibly stupid promo for Microsoft XBox