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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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Publisher's Summary

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.

    9 of 9 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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    Meg 12-22-09
    Meg 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 2015
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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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    EnormuS 06-15-15
    EnormuS 06-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Dry but useful"

    This book really gives you a lot of great ideas on how to improve your company. The narrator speaks very clearly and was easy to understand. The story gets three stars because it's very dry and would make a great cure for insomnia.

    1 of 1 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jose Farro 06-02-15
    Jose Farro 06-02-15
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    "Changed my life"

    This book is one example of true managing and breaking paradigms by assuring quality and innovation. Really changed my way of thinking business.

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    Chief El Conquistador 05-15-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dante 02-11-15
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    "A washed down version but still useful"

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cameron 02-03-15
    Cameron 02-03-15
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    "great book"

    fantastic book. if you are looking for a foundati I n of lean this is the book to get.

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    8/24/07
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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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amy P
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    "Lean Principles"

    This book is excellent for anyone wanting to understand the Lean Principles developed by Toyota.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • RJDAVIES07
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    "seriously good book"

    The narrator was amazing iv owned the hard copy for years and read it a hand full of times but it was amazing to be able to listen to it for a change while driving to work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gary
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    10/22/13
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lean Rasmussen
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    "short but gets the essentials"

    very good narrator. hits the main parts os lean without fluff. recommended for people who already know lean.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
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    "Good listen!"

    Good narrator, Good examples. I enjoyed learning about the background and principles behind the Toyota way of working. Could be more thorough on tools mentioned such a value stream mapping.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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