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The Toyota Way: Fourteen Management Principles from the World's Greatest Manufacturer

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  • Posted March 7, 2009

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    Very useful book

    The Toyota Way provides the reader with a basic knowledge of the Toyota management principles that are commonly known as the "standard" for lean manufacturing. The book is broken into three sections--an introduction to the Toyota Production System (TPS), the fourteen principles of TPS and a discussion on implementing the principles. It contains a variety of examples of TPS in Toyota as well as in organizations other than automobile manufacturing.

    The first section of the book, six chapters, provides the reader with a history of the Toyota system and a background for the presentation of the "Fourteen Management Principles" (the primary objective of the book). These chapters are a high-level discussion of how Liker has grouped the principles and shows application of them in Toyota.

    Liker groups the principles into four broad categories, represented by a pyramid; the foundation being Philosophy, proceeding to Process, People/Partners, and, at the pinnacle, Problem Solving. He describes how many of the principles will result in counter-intuitive conclusions that the book plans to show improves operations.

    In order to properly represent the philosophy, he presents the history of Toyota from its days as an automated loom manufacturer. He feels it is important to understand metamorphosis of the corporate culture and its philosophy as it gradually transformed into TPS; he reinforces this throughout the book.

    The core of the book is on the fourteen principles. Each principle is discussed in a chapter and numerous examples are provides on how to use them. The examples are from a variety of environments (manufacturing, service and office) and are explained clearly.

    The book concludes with a process and template for implementing the principles in an organization.

    The book assumes no prior knowledge of lean principles and only basic knowledge of manufacturing. The examples are directly related to manufacturing and service industries. Although the book is not on project management, a majority of the concepts are applicable to projects.

    A full synopsis of this book may be found at: http://ecaminc.com/index.html#http://ecaminc.com/Books/ToyotaWay.html

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2004

    Highly Recommended!

    This book is like a Toyota vehicle: not necessarily fancy, but extraordinarily capable of getting you from point 'A' to point 'B.' Author Jeffrey K. Liker's thorough insight into the continual improvement method known as 'The Toyota Way' reflects his experience with the Toyota Production System (TPS) and his knowledge of its guiding philosophies and its technical applications. He explains why Toyota has become a global symbol of passionate commitment to continual improvement and efficiency. Toyota's success as the world's most profitable automaker is no accident and now, thanks to this book, it's no mystery, either. Liker drills down to the underlying principles and behaviors that will set your company on the Toyota Way. The book reflects years of studying Toyota's philosophy: it is well mapped out, straightforward and exceedingly although not daringly innovative. We highly recommend it to anyone striving to improve their organization's operational efficiency.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2004

    Jeff Liker does it again!

    Jeff Liker does it again. For those who have read and enjoyed his previous book, Becoming Lean: Experiences of U.S. Manufactures, (1998 Shingo Prize) it gives practical insight into the transformation process from those who lead the process. The Toyota Way gives insight into how business philosophy must change and evolve in order to support a true transformation. At the core of a true business change is not the techniques, tools, or methods, but an attitude toward the business and a ¿way of life¿. The book, The Toyota Way, is worth reading from cover-to-cover and should also be re-referenced as one tries to guide their business, themselves, and others through the deep changes that must occur to truly transform to a lean enterprise. Dr. Liker reveals how the fourteen principles have been applied at Toyota using practical examples from new car development programs, daily functions, and major international business decisions. The Toyota Way applies to all levels of activities and people. But the only way for others to accomplish their own Toyota Way is to read this book and start to apply its lessons directly ¿ by learning by doing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2004

    One of the best management books ever published!

    Jeffrey Liker demonstrates a fundamental understanding of the Toyota way and conveys his understanding in a language that is clear and inspires immediate concept translation into any manufacturing and non-manufacturing business environment. This book also provides valuable support to implementing ISO 9001:2000 quality management systems. The book¿s focus on process development and culture is an outstanding resource for defining and refining any company¿s core value stream. I highly recommend reading this book to quality professionals not only to managers.

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