08 April 2009

Mike Judge, Almost FTW

Just about anyone reading this blog probably has seen Office Space, and as such will nigh-on automatically grin at the mention of 'TPS reports'. Ten years after the original launch of the film, its creator, Mike Judge, revealed that the acronym stands for 'Test Program Set'.

However, the use of TPS is potentially ironic in an entirely different way. Toyota, well known for its manufacturing efficiency, has developed an integrated system and philosophy for its production facilities, called the 'Toyota Production System'... which also fits the 'TPS' acronym. How awesome would it have been if Mike Judge had used as an emblem of corporate bureaucratic drudgery a system that in real life represents one of the most successful examples of streamlined industrial efficiency?

Teh *sigh*...

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