What is Poka Yoke?

Poka Yoke is Japanese methodology for “mistake proofing” to avoid non-conformities from entering into processes. It allows defect detection and elimination at the source. It can also be used as a continuous improvement tool.

In short, Poka Yoke is a methodology that ensures that Quality Management Systems (QMS) perform efficiently.

Poka Yoke – History

Mr Shigeo Shingo devised the concept of Poka Yoke in the 1980s. He was one of the pioneers in the development of the Toyota production system. This apart, he also initiated developments in many Japanese organisations.