Scientific Method and Lean

It is appropriate that I start with the Scientific Method. Didn’t your chemistry course start with a long description of the scientific method? Well, I was reading this article, “Decoding the DNA of the Toyota Production System”, by  Spear and Bowen, HBR 1999 and a real world application of the scientific method just blew me away.  What a great example to share with your intro chemistry freshmen who are all thinking, “Why do I care about the Scientific method? I am not a scientist, duh!”

I encourage you to read this article, but in a nutshell, it talks about how TPS nurtures a scientific community  in its plants, where everyone, right down to the gal who tightens the bolts, is encouraged to think scientifically, use the scientific method to problem solve, conduct experiments and prove or disprove hypotheses. It is fabulous.

About Preetha Ram

I am an educator (Dean for PreHealth and Science Education at Emory), social entrepreneur (Cofounder of OpenStudy, a global study group to connect learners) and visionary (let's build a classroom for the world to study together). A chemist by training (Yale), I like to solve problems by building bridges at the edges and interstices of disciplinary boundaries.

Posted on January 20, 2009, in Science Education and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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