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:
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Reading this was like being run over by a Mack truck. If your a hard driving "pee em off and they will work harder" manager, read with caution, you wont be right when your done.
For anyone looking to begin a journey to Lean, and or looking to simply improve their business regardless of what type, this is where you start.
You have to first understand that success in your business begins with the fundamentals written here, and as it states not to copy what Toyota has done.
This is, hands down one of two books (listed within) I would recommend as a starting introduction to better business and must have must read.
There are many books on the Toyota Production System, however none explain the true essence of Toyota's success as Mr. Liker's book. The fourteen principles that are the basis of Toyota's continued success are explained in a clear and convincing manner based on the author's 20 years of studying Toyota. Get this book if you truely want to understand why Toyota is the best manufacturing company in the world.
From the prospective of an engineer in the defense industry, it is fascinating to learn how one company can employ many people so efficiently. The focus on real product value, from the customer's view, and long term vision is impressive. It does not fully answer all the questions it raises, but is a very good introduction to a different company philosophy. I would not recommend this as an entertaining book for everyone, but for those with an interest in business and engineering, it is very informative.
The Toyota Production System can be beneficial but this book is more about tooting toyota's reputation as the best company. You can get all the guidelines on TPS from any free website without having to read about the history of the Toyota company.
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