Summary Notes from Art Smalley Interview with Mr. Isao Kato: TWI Influence on TPS & Kaizen

Feb. 8, 2006

Insider insights from the man who was there at the beginning when TWI was introduced into Toyota.

From a 2006 interview, Isao “Ike” Kato, the “father of Standardized Work and Kaizen courses” and a master instructor of TWI material, discusses the influence of TWI on the Toyota Production System and Kaizen. Kato was responsible for introducing TWI into Toyota in the early 1950s under the direction of Taiichi Ohno.

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