The Internet of Things (IoT) is real, it is exciting and scary to some, but it is rapidly generating winners and losers. To keep it in perspective – it’s just the natural and logical extension of ‘things’ over decades of elemental improvement and innovation that are all coming together with new capabilities… in preparation for the next evolutionary step. Remember the horror stories about what the introduction of computers was going to do to us all?
So all this should not be surprising – as the things that made what is before us possible has been constantly unfolding. Every new decade presents practitioners & innovators with a brand new palette upon which to build new capabilities and paradigms. It will continue to evolve so lets suck it up and deal with it.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is real. It’s exciting. And it’s even scary for some. But it is rapidly generating winners and losers. To keep it in perspective – it’s just the natural and logical extension of ‘things’ over decades of elemental improvement and innovation that are all coming together with new capabilities. Ignoring it could be fatal.
Over 25 years ago Womack & Jones’ Lean Thinking went viral – and much has evolved since. Have a look at the super-simplified ‘Essence of Lean’ of today through the eyes of those who led us to where we are. Use this as a quick ‘thought check’ to see if your understanding of Lean aligns with it.
Evolution is a continuum of evolutions – and the evolution of Lean was built upon the 1914 innovation of Flow Manufacturing which has become the Toyota Production System of today. But there were no doubt many more before that. We continue to evolve (hopefully).
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