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Japanese term meaning “ horizontal deployment “, Yokoten is a principle of standardizing the sharing of best practices and learning.

Introduction

Learning is the main capacity of a company and an individual for a Lean Six Sigma approach, where we are constantly in a dynamic of change.

The goal of dynamic learning is to theorize the ability to innovate and develop the tools needed to increase the learning capacity of individuals and businesses.

Creative knowledge or collective learning

Two Japanese authors have shown that learning is a circular process. For them, learning can be taught through training, benchmark… But this learning, in order to be effective, must be internalized, that is to say, enriched, reconstituted and translated to fit the culture of the person and the company..

« Creating new knowledge means in the literal sense, re-creating the company and each of its members through a personal and organizational process of self-renewal. It is not the responsibility of a few selected people, a specialist in research and development, strategic planning or marketing, but everyone in the organization » – Takeuchi and Nonaka

Introduction

Le Yokoten (横展), meaning “ horizontal deployment “, is a principle whose purpose is to share knowledge and good practices. In a logic similar to that of SDCA/PDCA (le Yokoten is one of the Actions of the Act phase), le Yokoten is based on the fact that you have to learn from your mistakes.

Simple to understand, this principle requires a lot of rigor and organization to implement it.

The deployment matrix

The Yokoten relies on the deployment matrix. It has the elements to share the columns, and lines the people, departments or factories where it needs to be deployed. We can go as far as integrating suppliers, distributor…

Have a label with varnish

Set up guides to help change the series

work area A

OK

OK

Work area B

OK

To do

Factory B

OK

To do

Factory C

To do

NA

Supplier A

To do

NA

Source

J. Liker, J. K. Franz (2011) – The Toyota Way to continuous improvement

A. Manos, C. Vincent (2012) – The Lean certification handbook

F. A. Meyer (2012) – La revolution ToC Lean Six Sigma dans les services

 

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