“Today and Tomorrow” by Henry Ford

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The beginnings of lean, written about in 1926.

“Take a vein in a coal mine. As long as it remains in the mine, it is of no importance, but when a chunk of that coal has been mined and set down in Detroit, it becomes a thing of importance, because then it represents a certain amount of the labor of men used in its mining and transportation.  If we waste that bit of coal – which is another way of saying if we do not put it to its full use – then we waste the time and energy of men.  A man cannot be paid much for producing something which is to be wasted.”

–Chapter 8, “Learning from Waste”.

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