Scientific Management: The Roots of Lean and Quality


The scientific revolution that happened roughly 1600 to 1690 has changed our world. Additionally the following blast by the industrial revolution also push further the significant changed in the way we live our lives.

From the perspective of Industry, the biggest change for workers from craftsmanship era to the industrial revolution was the breaking up of work into tasks that were then ordered into an assembly line. The way the tasks is divided among the workers was very detail. However, the method of doing the tasks was not. This was discovered by Frederick Winslow Taylor by the principles of scientific management with the output of his publication of  “The Principles of Scientific Management” in 1911.

In the past the man has been first; in the future the system must be first.
—Frederick Winslow Taylor, Scientific Management, 1911.

He was the first to discover the principle that working smarter—applying scientific principles to improve the quality of tools and work processes— improves productivity, efficiency and quality. This later become different stream of Quality Management and Lean Management. However, as they both came from the same roots, he is known as the Father of Scientific Management.

Here are presented two videos showing the works of Taylor and his contribution to the advancement of the world of Lean and Quality Management.



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