While at Toyota, Darril studied the Toyota Production System as a student of OMDD, Toyota‘s internal Sensei group. He also developed and implemented the Toyota Way 2001 at Toyota’s largest manufacturing plant in North America, and worked with The Toyota Institute in Japan to implement the Toyota Business Practice (TBP), leading the global pilot of this program, as well as the North American Senior Executive sessions.
Now with Honsha, he has had the opportunity to work with over 100 companies in countries such as USA, Brazil, Indonesia, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland and Lithuania among others. Darril is also an active speaker, delivering presentations and keynote speeches on Lean Principles around the globe including:
- Harvard Business Review – Latin America, lecture series in Chile, Ecuador and Mexico
- Abu Dhabi Talent Conference
- Washington State Government Lean Seminar
- Lithuanian Prime Ministers Lean Conference
- ISM University of Management and Economics, Vilnius, Lithuania
Lean Implementation in High Mix, Low Volume and Other “Unique” Environments
“It won’t work here, we are unique.” “We don’t make widgets and we are not Toyota.” “Our variety and complexity is too high, we can’t do lean.” These, and many others, are commonly heard reactions from management in high mix, low volume environments when their company is trying to implement Lean. In this session we will see and hear examples of organizations that utilize lean thinking and techniques to transform their operations. We will learn how companies utilize the Single Minute Exchange of Die (SMED) concept to realize the same lean objectives that drive traditional Lean operations.