Push vs. Pull Learning


In the late 1940s, Toyota found a better engineering process from an unlikely source: The grocery store.

A grocery store loses business if they run out of a particular item that a customer wants to buy, but they also stand to lose if they stock a large inventory of something that doesn’t sell (especially perishable items).

They address this by keeping a small inventory on hand and reordering from suppliers only when onsite inventory is low.

Also, an empty shelf gives the employee a visual cue that backroom inventory needs to be moved to the shelf.

Toyota realized that this approach could be used effectively in manufacturing.

Instead of the machine A and B ‘pushing’ parts and causing congestion at machine C where it’s assembled…

You’d have machine C signal B that it needs a part.

The system is being pulled vs pushed. Toyota created a demand based, just-in-time method of managing inventory. Which we now call Kanban.

I think this kanban model works for knowledge acquisition for founders as well.

Instead of using the typical college system where knowledge is ‘pushed’ upon you, regardless of whether or not you need it, we should ‘pull’ knowledge when we need it.

Start, however unprepared you are and figure it out as you go.

RJ Youngling