Managing for True Lean® - Hoshin Kanri

DATES: 16th September 2014 

Time:  9am – 5pm

COST: €245 Member rate/€295 Non Member rate

LOCATION: Sheraton Hotel Athlone

Places are Limited


Customized training is also available - to find out more about bringing a trainer from Toyota Motors/ University of Kentucky to your organisation, contact Dermot at 061-423622 or

This Programme introduces the essential True Lean tool for improving operations performance and development of human resources – Hoshin Kanri. Through a systematic approach to target and goal setting, enterprise-wide communications and development of concrete, challenging and achievable actions, the Hoshin Kanri process engages all members of the organization to contribute to company success. Hoshin Kanri serves an important role in the deployment of True Leanby explicitly connecting leadership and management thinking in a way that encourages continuous development of systematic problem solving skill. Through this Programme, participants will:

  1. Learn the role of Hoshin Kanri in supporting the leadership and management adjustments necessary for transformation to True LeanTM
  2. Learn the essential tools of the Hoshin Kanri process and their application to achieve operational and human development success
  3. Be able to begin development of targets, goals and implementation activities for their organization following the systematic process of Hoshin Kanri




9:00am - 9:30am

Welcome and Expectations

9:30am – 10:30am

Module 1:  An Introduction to Hoshin Kanri

10:30am – 11:00am


11:00am – 12:30pm

Module 2:  Definition of Hoshin Kanri

12:30pm – 1:00pm


1:00pm – 1:45pm

Module 3:  Grasping the Situation

1:45pm – 2:30pm

Module 4:  Grasping the Impact of the External Environment

2:30pm – 3:00pm


3:00pm – 3:45pm

Module 5:  Implementing the Hoshin Plan

3:45pm – 4:45pm

Module 6:  An Exercise in Hoshin Kanri

4:45pm – 5:00pm

Q&A and Ending

Richard Alloo is a Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TEMA) Executive in Residence at the University of Kentucky, Center for Manufacturing.  In this position he is responsible for development of research relationships and projects for various new technologies with potential application to manufacturing processes and products.  He is a member of the University of Kentucky’s core group for developing multi-disciplinary research programs in sustainable manufacturing through the Center for Manufacturing.

Prior to his current assignment, Richard held the position of General Manager of the Production Engineering Planning Department at TEMA.  In this position, he was responsible for administrative, planning and advanced engineering functions for the Production Engineering Division.  These responsibilities included human resources planning and development, operational and capital budgeting as well as advanced manufacturing technology research and development for Toyota’s North American production preparation activities.

Richard started with Toyota in 1987 as Manager of Environmental Affairs during the construction and start-up of the Georgetown, Kentucky manufacturing facility.  He also performed various environmental consulting assignments for other Toyota manufacturing facilities throughout North America.  In 1992, he was assigned as acting Assistant General Manager for Facilities and Environmental engineering at Georgetown.

From 1993 through 1996 Richard held the position of Assistant General Manager for Production Engineering at the Georgetown facility.  In that position he was responsible for production process engineering support to Powertrain, Stamping, Body Welding, Painting, Plastics Molding, Final Assembly, Facilities and Environmental operations.

Richard held the position of General Manager of Vehicle Production Engineering at Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America from 1996 through 1999.  In this position he was responsible for production process preparation activities in Stamping, Body Welding, Painting, Plastics Molding and Final Assembly operations at Toyota’s vehicle manufacturing plants across North America.

Richard held the position of General Manager of Production Control at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, Inc, from January, 2000 until August, 2003. In this position he was responsible for various functions including production planning, project management, environmental management, parts ordering, logistics and material handling.

Prior to joining Toyota, Richard held various engineering and environmental positions with General Motors Corporation in their vehicle assembly plants and central office.

Richard holds degrees in Electrical Engineering, from General Motors Institute, and Law, from Stanford University Law School.


Center of Manufacturing, University of Kentucky


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