Hiku – Osu

Glossary for (Japanese) Continuous Improvement Language

What is ‘Hiku – Osu’?

‘Hiku’ means: Pull, drag, draw stretch.
Hiku is the condition of completed work; creating a vacuum that draws the next unit to be worked on, only when it is needed.


‘Osu’: Shoving, pushing.
Osu is the condition that pushes work forward, in advance of demand, in this way creating waste.

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