Lean Six Sigma Safety Management: An Example from Toyota is an article showing how Toyota applies Genchi Genbutsu towards safety efforts.
Kristen Tabar, General Manager, Electronic Systems at the Toyota Technical Center is taking a number of press, analyst, and automotive reporters on a week long behind the scenes tour of Toyota and their efforts toward safer and higher quality vehicles.
In her words,
One of the great guiding traditions here at Toyota is â€œgenchi genbutsuâ€, which roughly translates into â€œgo and see where work is done in order to gain fuller understanding.â€ Very much in that spirit, Toyota is conducting a safety and quality news media tour of our global headquarters in Japan this week.
This tour will offer a group of about a dozen top-level automotive reporters and analysts a deep dive into a wide variety of Toyotaâ€™s safety and quality processes, including our companyâ€™s technology, innovation, procedures and plants. Specifically, it was designed to provide an unprecedented level of â€œbehind-the-scenesâ€ access to the nuts and bolts of how Toyota helps ensure the safety and quality of its vehicles in engineering and development.
Iâ€™m particularly looking forward to visiting what many consider to be the most advanced automotive facility in the world, the Higashi-Fuji Technical Center. Here, we will try out a NASA-style driving simulator and witness a vehicle crash test, among other activities. It promises to be pretty big on the â€œwow factor.â€
Over the next several days, Iâ€™ll be posting stories about some of our experiences and the things I am learning. I look forward to sharing them with you.
You can follow her daily blog post on that behind the scenes tour of Toyota.
Kristen Tabar refers to Genchi Genbutsu as a guiding tradition – very appropriate indeed.