Fast Company: In a Word, Toyota Drives for InnovationFast Company: In a Word, Toyota Drives for Innovation
''Oobeya'' is Japanese for "big, open office" -- and it's Toyota's system for cutting costs and boosting quality... For Toyota, oobeya means bringing together people from all parts of the company -- whether they're from design, engineering, manufacturing, logistics, or sales -- every month for the two years before a car goes into production... "It's not about tearing down silos in engineering and manufacturing and putting people on special teams. That's the crossfunctional approach. Oobeya is about creating more communication between the people in those divisions so that they can do their jobs better."
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