with former President of Sichuan Toyota

Learn TPS from the source

Does Toyota use VSM? Why does Toyota use 4S and not 5S? Has Shigeo Shingo practiced “Lean”? 

Sensei Ritsuo Shingo has been practicing and teaching Toyota Production System for over 50 years. In fact he was the one who contributed the acronym SMED to the literature. 

Who is Sensei Ritsuo Shingo

Sensei Ritsuo Shingo has been practicing and teaching TPS for more than 50 years. He has been exposed to concepts from his father Shigeo Shingo at a very young age. He then pursued a career in management at Toyota for forty years.

In 1998 he established the first Toyota plant in China and became its president. Later he was appointed as the president of Hino Motors. He played key roles in setting up Toyota Kentucky and Toyota UK plants.

Sensei Shingo is the son of lean pioneer Dai-sensei Shigeo Shingo. He translated the first book on TPS in English and coined the term SMED.

What you will learn

  • Principles of TPS (JIT, Kanban, TQM, Jidoka)
  • Elimination of waste (Muda, Mura, Muri)
  • Organising work and workplace (Hyojunka, 5S, Visual Management)
  • Improving and sustaining (Kaizen, Kaikaku, Jishuken)
  • Building people (Hitozukuri, Teamwork, Training)

If you don’t know who Ritsuo Shingo is then you should take this class. If you do know who he is then you know why you should take this class. I have learned things is 10 minutes from Shingo-san that would have taken me years to learn otherwise.

Nigel Thurlow

former Chief of Agile at Toyota

What a great opportunity to sit under and learn from a wise leader with a ton of real life experience. The time I’ve spent with Ritsuo Shingo in Japan and then in St. Louis when he visited Cambridge Air Solutions is some of the most treasured moments of my leadership journey.

Marc Braun

President, Cambridge Air Solutions

I Highly recommend! I have attended many of Ritsuo-san’s training sessions and read his book. I always learn something new. Don’t let this rare opportunity pass you by.

Charlie Protzman



  • Program consists of 5 live seminars over Zoom with Sensei Shingo for a period of three weeks.
  • Students will be part of a private discussion group where they can network with peers and share experiences. 
  • A certificate of attendance “Principles of TPS” will be provided upon completion.


Module 1: Principles of TPS

  • JIT – Pull, Frequent Delivery, Kanban
  • Built-in Quality (TQM)
  • Jidoka – Automation with human touch
  • Systems thinking in TPS – Upstream and downstream
  • Working with suppliers (selecting and qualifying supplie

Module 2: Elimination of waste

  • DA-RA-RI Principle (Muda, Mura, Muri)
  • Reduction of Lead Time
  • SMED – Setup Time Reduction

Module 3: Organising work and workplace

  • Standardised work (Hyojunka)
  • Visual Management
  • 4S

Module 4: Improving and sustaining

  • Root Cause Analysis
  • Kaizen – Practicing continuous Improvement 
  • Jishuken – Management Kaizen

Module 5: Building people (Hitozukuri)

  • Team work
  • Training
  • Managing difficult people
  • Future of workplace (robots vs humans)

Class Information

Start Date: 4 June 2021 (Preliminary – depending on student timezones)
Duration: 5 weeks
Locations: Virtual Classroom / Live Sessions
Administration Fee: $1250 (contact for discount pricing)