Poka Yoke - Explanation

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Marten van der Zee
Analyst, Netherlands

Poka Yoke - Explanation

Poka Yoke is a method that shapes the production process the way it gets almost impossible to make mistakes. Employees have to make improvements in the process and needs to come up with proposals on how to prevent all the mistakes. The process has to run in such a way that errors can not occur by human failure or process interference. The concept got launched by Shigeo Shingo, as part of the Toyota production system. Frederick Taylor's Scientific Management was already trying to avoid errors by employees and by working in the most efficient and effective way.

Analyst, India

Poka Yoke

Poka Yoke = ‘’mistake proofing’’ or ‘’fool proofing’’
Poka Yoke can be explained using a simple example: while installing software the system illustrates the terms & agreements for the software. Unless the user press the ‘I agree’’ check box he won't be allowed to proceed further with the installation activities. Thus the software vendor ensures that only those users who have agreed to the terms & conditions use the product.
To some extent, mistake proofing can be eliminated by automating intelligently.

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