# Pulling the andon cord In manufacturing there is a famous example of an "objection". Toyota gave their workers the permission, even told them explicitly to use that possibility, to stop production. This was unheard of in normal manufacturing. The implicit understanding had been: never stop production, fix things later. Toyota realized that they needed to spot quality problems as soon as they occurred, so they could fix them straightaway. And by pulling the cord and stopping production Toyota made it clear to anyone that quality was of the highest importance. So important it would be prepared to lose production to fix problems. Pulling the famous andon cord (Wikipedia) causes production to halt. The supervisor comes rushing to the place where it occurred to see what is going on and if it can be fixed on the spot. If this is not the case, (s)he will notify a specialist team for help. In the end this focus on quality led to more and faster improvements with better qualified employees resulting in a superior production system, outcompeting their competitors.