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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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.
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.
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