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The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World's Greatest Manufacturer by [Liker, Jeffrey]
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How to speed up business processes, improve quality, and cut costs in any industry

In factories around the world, Toyota consistently makes the highest-quality cars with the fewest defects of any competing manufacturer, while using fewer man-hours, less on-hand inventory, and half the floor space of its competitors. The Toyota Way is the first book for a general audience that explains the management principles and business philosophy behind Toyota's worldwide reputation for quality and reliability.

Complete with profiles of organizations that have successfully adopted Toyota's principles, this book shows managers in every industry how to improve business processes by:

  • Eliminating wasted time and resources
  • Building quality into workplace systems
  • Finding low-cost but reliable alternatives to expensive new technology
  • Producing in small quantities
  • Turning every employee into a qualitycontrol inspector

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  • Print Length: 330 pages
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  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (22 December 2003)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's more than just 14 principles...... 26 July 2016
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A great book about the Toyota Way. If you read between the lines it's really not about the 14 principles but about people. People are a powerful resource. Treat people right, teach people to think, teach people to care, teach people to be passionate about what they believe in -- do all these things and you can build a great company. Oh, you may build a few cars along the way, too.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive Review: Good book for lean practitioners, actually, more than a lean book! 9 November 2012
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This book deserve my time to write a comprehensive review about it.

This book is incredible, really, I have reached the last chapter as the book is 300 pages! Jeff didn't miss any subject in his book. The chapter of the continuous improvement & VSM (chapter 21) is an excellent one, he has given some good examples of continuous improvement through defining the customer value, draw the current state map, identify wastes, use some metrics, parking lots, draw the future state, implement the future state with all required activities, and continuously improve the future state using PDCA.

I like the pull chapter, it discuss the Kanban approach. I also like the one piece flow chapter.

Either chapters from 7 till 14 are good. They include the visual control, pull system, quality (poka yoka), work standardization, long term philosophy, and continuous process flow. Don't miss Chapter 17 which disucss the Toyota Way of JIT. Very Interesting!.

You have to read the book from the beginning to the end, don't select specific chapters!Or you gonna miss the story!.

Interesting thing is that he has given an example on how lean can be implemented in service organizations such as the postal service. He put a case study for improving the biggest postal service in Canada (something like united states postal service USPS).

The Toyota Way book is much like a complete lean book include all lean tools, the required culture to implement, and how Toyota is implementing lean compared to its other competitors. The book also include 22 chapters, because he decided to give each subject a stand-alone chapter so you can see a chapter for JIT, a chapter for wastes, standardization, mistake proofing, visualization, VSM,...etc. even the hiring process of employee hasn't been missed!

I wonder how did he take the authorization to speak deeply like this on Toyota? At the start of the book, there are over 20 Toyota managers, directors and presidents have committed to the book!

After reading the book the most obvious question could be: How Toyota made mistakes for their cars so they have re called many?

The book is very fine, but there is a small confusion as the author has gone too much through the history of Toyota and the name of the Toyota managers. Many names in the book, many Toyota presidents, and too many quotes. However, some of those quotes are very useful as they tell you how Toyota was thinking and judging.

Last chapter (22) which include how to apply lean in your organization, I found it very useful to me and for my work as a lean improvement engineer & team leader.

I have given his book 5 starts in Amazon, and I'm willing to buy more Toyota books! There are 7 books made by Jeff on Toyota.

The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership book is receiving incredible reviews! here. I have ordered it and will post my review soon.

By all the way, great work from Jeff Liker.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's a great book if you are in the manufacturing business 19 January 2017
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It's a great book if you are in the manufacturing business, the book does seem a little bit bias. But I did learn from it, even though I'm not in the manufacturing business. I don't feel like it had alot of management principles content. I feel like it has more content about efficient manufacturing.
5.0 out of 5 stars A bit evangelical about the TPS, but well worth reading 22 March 2016
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Although the content feels old and the writer perhaps a little too star-struck with the Toyota way, the book is excellent in describing the history, culture, and subsequent modus operandi of Toyota. It has many examples of how the principles were applied successfully (in Toyota), making the content feel practical (it still remains to be tested in RSA for me though).

I would like to see more of the thinking and doing in comparison to other manufacturing systems (not just bashing other manufacturers for superficial application of the principles). But this book never pretended to be anything but the Toyota way, so no points lost there. Highly recommended!
4.0 out of 5 stars LEAN SIX SIGMA - best way to go! 2 October 2016
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I agree that the TPS ought be be all business way for small & large. Excellent read with so much wisdom & insight in the 14 management principles. Learn how to use JIDOKA, POKA-YOKE, HEIJUNKA, 6S, process flow mapping, brainstorming, Gemba! All of these concepts will help you & your organization with Lean and Six Sigma. Remember to question the status quo. Just because it's always done that way, does not mean it's the right or most efficient way. Apply PDCA - plan, do, check act. Oh and read this book!