This is a restoration of Colonel John Boyd’s presentation at Air University. It is one of the few known surviving videos of his briefings.

The video covers a range of topics from his experiences on the FX/F-15 program, the importance of cross functional teams, and the Toyota Production System. It is worth watching the video just to hear his account of Shigeo Shingo and Taiichi Ohno.

Technical Details [1]

The original video contained audio has been processed to remove the video hum. A professional audio transcript has been added to improve comprehension and accesibility.


  • 00:59 Comprehension
  • 02:46 FX(F15) Development story
  • 08:10 Development of F-15 from struggling FX program
  • 11:21 Challenge all assumptions
  • 13:01 Cross functional teams with different orientations
  • 14:30 Toyota Production System
  • 16:45 Toyota "Just in Time" system inspired by American supermarket
  • 20:15 Shigeo Shingo
  • 21:00 Timing critical input in the O-O-D-A loop
  • 21:40 Development loops; American design cycles 5 years; Japanese 2 1/2 years
  • 23:15 Machine that changed the World
  • 23:35 Organizational ideas
  • 26:25 Knowledge discovery- Heisenberg theory
  • 27:20 "Don’t try to assume that something is wrong because it doesn’t fit into your orientation"
  • 28:05 Nellis and Economics
  • 31:05 Dumb questions

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[1] This video is based on four separate videos from Timothy Kirk. It has been enhanced by the following: The audio has been enhanced and a transcript has been added. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4)