This book describes in great detail the processes used by Toyota to streamline their manufacturing process and build-in quality. The reader was engaging and the topics interestingly developed with illustrations. However for each topic, the japanese term associated with the topic was read. That in itself wouldn't be so bad except that I couldn't remember the different terms when he referred back to the Japanese terms. A little irritating but overall a good book in the fashion of the 5 S's or LEAN manufacturing.
It was very tough for me to get through the print version of this book even though the concepts are interesting, important and used commonly throughout my organization. The narrator got me through it.
This is an overview book that conveys some principles but doesn't really give a true road map. it is a good place to start lean learning, but you will need to go from here to searching for books that go the next level down. value stream mapping seems to be a critical idea that is really just hinted at.
The narrator is a little old school, with over emphasized diction. he sounds like an old filmstrip narrator from the early 80s and 70s.
This book helped build a great foundation for me. I believe it will help me within my organization transform our culture from an obsolete and draconian practice based one to one that is socially process flow minded.
If you're not familiar with the Toyota production system I would recommend to start with the physical book since it uses lots of diagrams for explanation.
On the other hand having a way to listen to the key principles it's a good way to keep them fresh on your mind