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Blog Archive for wwake during September 2005

"The Roots of Lean. Training Within Industry: The Origin of Japanese Management and Kaizen", by Jim Huntziger. www.lean.org/Community/Registered/ ArticleDocuments/Roots%20of%20Lean%20-%20TWI.pdf Tom Poppendieck pointed this out on one of the lists. It's an article on how a WWII effort called "Training Within Industry" was the basis for the "kaizen" continuous improvement approach in the Toyota...
From Chris Crawford on Game Design: "But there's one word, a German word, that we haven't yet stolen that should be high on our list of targets: schwerpunkt. It means 'focal point' or 'concentration of effort point' or 'central point of attack.' It's a beautiful word because it expresses an idea that we just don't have in English: the notion that, in any effort, you may have many necessary tasks...