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The Toyota Way | [Jeffrey Liker]

The Toyota Way

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.
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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 quality control inspector

©2004 McGraw-Hill; (P)2005 AMI

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    Staci Kansas City, KS, United States 02-08-12
    Staci Kansas City, KS, United States 02-08-12
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    "Skips to Many Parts of the Book"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the Narrator would have read ALL of the book. He skips parts. I know this because I was following along with the exact same book and big chunks where missing. I would have to stop the book and then read and then start it up again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love how the lean system has helped many companies.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    He has no excitement to his voice and is very monotoned.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Toyota Way?

    I would not have cut any of it. Read the book as it was written.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not cut parts from the book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Dave san francisco, CA, USA 05-30-06
    Dave san francisco, CA, USA 05-30-06
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    "The Toyota Way"

    Outstanding! I have run a small business for 19 years. It was going flat over the last few years, I needed a new approach. I have listened multiple times to the program and made extensive notes, and am currently implementing the Toyota Way in my business. We are already seeing gains. The information is great, and the reading fits it to a "T" (for Toyota). It is a bit technical, but I did not find it ponderous. Highly recommended!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan Lancaster, PA, USA 12-22-09
    Nathan Lancaster, PA, USA 12-22-09
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    Toyota Way was very illuminating on differences between Toyota Management & Production systems vs. the management styles I've seen from 3 American companies (each +100 years old.) This book focused on the culture of Toyota, which appears to be integrated and consistent with the techniques of TPS. I feel this consistency of philosophy and technique is a gigantic advantage because I've experienced the impotence of technique without vision.

    I have been involved with Lean projects for 2 years. This book filled in many gaps in the "why" Lean techniques are done, which I found highly value added.

    This is not a techniques book, and that's good. TPS is equal parts sociological and technical. This is the first Lean book I've encountered that focused on the sociological.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    prem SUGAR LAND, TX, United States 08-02-06
    prem SUGAR LAND, TX, United States 08-02-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Good, but only for the right audience"

    This book's quite technical. I was browsing through audible books and saw Toyota, so I grabbed it on a whim. Turns out it's really boring for me. I'm interested in business, but this gets into really nitty gritty manufacturing issues. If you're actively involved in business, and especially manufacturing, the book may be ok for you. Otherwise prepare for a dreary few hours. Narrator's a bit annoying too, never a good thing.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ranger C-NM 02-03-09
    Ranger C-NM 02-03-09

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    "Good principles, distracting language"

    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.

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    Nast Marrero Spain 11-10-14
    Nast Marrero Spain 11-10-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Insightful"
    Where does The Toyota Way rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?


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    This title has a number of insightful tips and keys to understand The Toyota Way. Nevertheless there might be a lot of romanticization and cultural factors missing in the analysis.

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    Guilherme Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 04-23-12
    Guilherme Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 04-23-12

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    "14 principles to improve your production workflow"
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    The Toyota Way is a great book that gives a very good insight on what needs to be done to improve a production workflow, by means of reducing waste and improving quality. It explains in depth the 14 principles which are the foundation of the Toyota Production System.
    Even working in the broadcast industry, I have been able to apply many of the principles described in the book in my day to day production activities. I recommend it to anyone who manages any sort of production process.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Marion, IA, United States 03-12-12
    Alan Marion, IA, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2002

    Although I am left-handed, I play the piano right-handed.

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    "Dated but still very insightful and useful."

    The Toyota Way by Jeffrey Liker is an easy listen that skips along quickly with the always-pleasant narration by Grover Gardner. After listening, I am now seeking a hard copy of the book so I can highlight certain areas and re-read a little more slowly. Although this book is quite old for a business book, it is still relevant and useful today.

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    Karel Canada 01-05-11
    Karel Canada 01-05-11
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    "The Toyota Way should be our way too."

    Jeffrey Liker presents Toyota as the world leader that it is. Listening to this audiobook was very enlightening and encouraging, especially to a manufacturer. Although soon enough, it becomes clear that what Toyota does applies to many organizations, and not just manufacturers.

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    Jason Poteau, OK, United States 07-09-10
    Jason Poteau, OK, United States 07-09-10 Member Since 2008

    Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...

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    "The big picture is important..."

    Removing waste and increasing value is a must for a business/corporation of ANY size...this book makes you step back and really evaluate what sustains your company and what will customers pay for...good read.

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    "The must have operations management toolkit!"

    This is a straight forward operations management textbook that cuts through the normal business waffle waffle and tells you how Toyota walked the talk. Practical tools and good management stories. Excellent listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gary
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    "Efficient Book about Production Efficiencies."
    Where does The Toyota Way rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Toyota Production System


    What did you like best about this story?

    Lots of lessons to draw upon and LOTS of ways in which this book will make you think about what you do, how you do it, why you do it that way and, IF there is a better way.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Many pockets of personal and company innovation throughout.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Engaging and interesting and yet, no emotion - though the content delivery or the story being told. The right way. The balance was right all the way through.


    Any additional comments?

    Will listen to again as, we (as a business) use KANBAN as a product development process - as applied to software and hardware design / delivery.

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