Can Just-in-Time Work Without Kanban?

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Eric Schmitz
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Can Just-in-Time Work Without Kanban?

Just-in-Time is a basic philosophy or a paradigm. If you read about it, you still have no idea HOW to do it.

Kanban however gives a practical way to achieve Just-in-Time. As Taiichi Ohno says:”Kanban, in essence, becomes the autonomic nerve of the production line. Based on this, production workers start work by themselves, and make their own decisions concerning overtime. The Kanban system also makes clear what must be done by managers and supervisors.”

We see now a lot of so-called J.I.T-models working with complex IT-systems without any autonomic nerves on operator level.
What is your opinion and experiences with this? Or in other words, can Just-in-time work without Kanban?

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