Saturday, June 12, 2010

Request for comments: Agile/lean antecedents/History

For the last 20 years, many industries have been trying to apply Toyota's concepts to their fields of activity.

 Based on Scott Killen agile's antecedents and a few other readings, I would like to built a sort of timeline up to the after agile/lean movement.
Please add comments and recommencations.

From the beginning.
Anything from the ancient world?

  • 1785, Honoré Blanc, Mass production is beleived to be Eli Whitney's invention, but in fact he borrowed the concept from a gunsmith named Honoré Blanc. See, The investor's guide to nanotechnology & micromachines and Implementing Lean Software Development.
  • 1866, Samuel Smiles: Self Help with Illustrations of Character, Conduct and Perseverance. First edition 1859 (see wikipedia). Why? In The Toyota way (Jeffrey K. Liker): Sakishi toyoda was significantly influenced by his reading of a book first published in England in 1859 by Samuel Smiles.




  • 1926, Henry Ford: Today and Tomorrow. From the Toyota way: In the 1930s, Toyota leaders visited Ford and GM to study their production line and carefully read Henry Ford's Book, Today and Tomorrow...






  • 1984, The Goal: Eliyahu M. Goldratt. From Wikipedia: The book goes on to point out the role of bottlenecks (constraints) in a manufacturing process, and how identifying them not only allows for removing them, but also yields a useful tool for measuring and controlling the flow of materials.


TODO : 
Add Deming which book?
Add Conquering Complexity in Your Business

Agile Books?




Lean Book?



And then ?

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