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Push vs Pull

Taiichi Ohno is the engineering genius behind the famed Toyota Production System (TPS), known under various names: Lean Manufacturing, Just-In-Time Manufacturing, and Pull Manufacturing.

I like the term "pull" because it's very simple and easy to understand in contrast to "push" manufacturing. Ohno describes it using a hill and gravity as a metaphor. In a push system, it's as if the factory sits at the top of a hill, producing cars as fast and efficiently as possible. As cars leave the factory, they roll downhill to dealers. When demand is unlimited this is not a problem, because customers buy the cars as quickly as they are made. This was the case in the days of the Ford Model-T: The demand for affordable, functional cars was virtually unlimited. But when demand shrinks, cars pile up at the dealership, and dealers have to reduce prices to the point where they, and the manufacturer, lose money.

The U.S. has a large enough population that American car-makers could survive with a push manufacturing system for many years. And in the 1950s U.S. car makers were feeling no pain.

But Japan's much-smaller post-war population had much more variable demands. A factory might need to rapidly switch from making one kind of car to another, or from making cars to trucks, or ambulances, depending on the demand.

This is why Ohno and his fellow engineers at Toyota developed the pull production model, which was driven not by the factory but by customer demand. In pull manufacturing, the dealership sits at the top of the hill, and when a customer buys or orders a car, the dealer orders a car from the factory which delivers it "just in time."

In our increasingly service-oriented economy, customer demands are increasingly variable. We are moving from a push-oriented world, where manufacturers set the agenda, to a pull-oriented world, where the agenda is set by customers.

This has profound implications for the way companies organize and manage work; implications that are only beginning to be understood in many industries.
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  • University of Tilburg
  • Philips
  • Akzo
  • Marcam
  • Software AG
  • CA Technologies
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Gartner analyst, speaker and writer. One of the Top100 Bloggers on Cloud Computing. Hockey player, coach and referee.
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Gregor Petri is s Research Director at Gartner, covering cloud computing, hosting, data centers and communication service provider strategies. 


Prior to this, as a regular speaker at industry events, he wrote the cloud primer “Shedding Light on Cloud Computing” (2009) and many other cloud publications. His LeanITmanager blog is syndicated across sites worldwide and he was named by Cloud Computing Journal as one of the world's Top 100 Bloggers on Cloud Computing. 

Earlier in his career, Gregor worked as a management trainee in the office of the CIO at Akzo, helped roll out Just in Time Manufacturing at Philips and was instrumental in the introduction of several IT innovations, like Object Oriented ERP applications, mobile business applications and XML servers into Europe. Prior his current position he was EMEA Sr. Director product marketing at CA technologies. Gregor is a former board member of the Dutch Web-Services Association, the XML Users Group Holland and of Geel-Zwart field hockey, where he still plays. 

Gregor studied Business Economics and Information Technology in Rotterdam and Tilburg, during this study he wrote and marketed one of the first European shareware applications.

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  • Kruisheren College
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