japanese term for deploying concepts, ideas, or policies horizontally across the company
A Japanese term for deploying concepts, ideas, or policies horizontally across the company.
For example, imagine a defective valve is found on one machine in the plant. Yokoten would be the process to ensure that all similar valves in the facility and other relevant facilities are examined for the same defect as well.
Yokoten is a process for sharing learning laterally across an organization. It entails copying and improving on kaizen ideas that work. You can think of yokoten as “horizontal deployment” or “sideways expansion”. The corresponding image is one of ideas unfolding across an organization.