A great book about the Toyota Way. If you read between the lines it's really not about the 14 principles but about people. People are a powerful resource. Treat people right, teach people to think, teach people to care, teach people to be passionate about what they believe in -- do all these things and you can build a great company. Oh, you may build a few cars along the way, too.
The gist of The Toyota Way is continuous improvement and removing waste, but it's a lot more than that. The philosophy emphasizes quality, hands-on approaches, patience, respect, efficiency, and more. This is aside from the Toyota Production System which leverages management, manufacturing, engineering, JIT, human psychology, and more. This book is a bit inflated with anecdotes, so if you're looking for a quick list of todos, you might save time looking elsewhere. The author has a lot of personal experience around the culture and philosophy. I recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn more about Toyota or the lean/agile movements.
The book is quite informative for someone not directly involved in the manufacturing industry. As someone in the services sector, I can see a few applications for these concepts (such as how to deal with contractors, or « suppliers » in the author’s word).
The main drawback, in my opinion, is that the author is heavily biased towards Toyota and praises the company to the point of worship. To his credit, he does state his bias explicitly in the start of the book. However, there is an implicit view in the writing that seems to show American companies such as GM and Ford (Giants in the industry) as... « amateurs », for a lack of a better word, in comparison to Toyota, who always make mistakes as they try to imitate Toyota but never get it right.
It also presents an implicit view of superiority of the Japanese as compared to Americans (e.g. one section presents how Toyota opened a new factory in the US to help improve the lives of that locals.. really?) (I am a national of neither countries, by the way)
It is a good book, but perhaps I am weary of this sort of writing, which praises the presented concept to the point of worship.
Absolutley an amazing book! This book has changed my mindset on continuos improvement. This gave me great insight into the operational excellence Toyota has and values! Defintely recommend this book to anyone in Operations Management & Manufacturing!
Great book to either get you started on Lean methodologies or dive deep in to how Toyota uses Lean/Just-in-Time techniques that can apply to any industry (manufacturing, software, design...any industry that delivers a product can benefit from the concepts in this book). It is a bit lengthy and as the title indicates, this book is about the Toyota way--not specifically Lean or Six Sigma which are not the same as the Toyota way, though they are similar and use many of the same concepts.
This book is clearly the complete guide to the origins, essence, and application of the Toyota Production System. I am glad I picked this up following the many positive reviews I read about it. The author is master story-teller, reading through the chapter made me feel like I was on the shop floor and witnessing Kaizen unfold in Toyota. Now, I am inspired more than ever that Kaizen really works!
I really enjoyed the way the authors pulled back the curtain on the thought process of the Toyota way. I am an HR professional who facilitates training. I use the principles in this book to coach new executives.
a little too much Toyota Fan Boy at times, a bit repetitive, not much Japanese culture context (a lot traces back to this but it's not discussed) but a good read for a biz book. I can't remember the 14 principles after a few months but a lot sticks with me such as the 5 why's, one page reports, and a few other things that might come in handy.
Having lived in Japan I am certainly sympathetic to this system and way of thinking but the book really helped clarify what I don't see in American and European companies & their McKinsey consultant masters.
About to embark on a lean, six sigma or any continuous improvement course or indeed just for someone wanting to improve how they work then pick this up first.
Yes it is someone dated in regards its publication date however as a back story to how Toyota was born, how it managed to evolve from a small family business into the leading light of efficient, goal orientated manufacturing en mass then its a really useful book.
For a hardcover copy it's an excellent value book.
There are a number of tips and ideas within it to probably improve most workplaces without the need to pay for a lean course though it is of course no subsistute for a course.
I have marked as four stars simply because some of the information is repeated, however It gave me a new insight into such things as corporate responsibility to the community that all employers now seem to shout about in mission statements that dominate their web pages, employees come first and all employees should be allowed and encouraged to contribute to continuous improvement is actually the foundation that serves lean manufacturing.
Very good read, insight into Toyota and having a hard copy enables you to read digest and pass to a colleague or friend.
I am in manufacturing and always trying to improve processes and methods. I have read several books on this subject and this one from the inventors of lean is worth a read. Lots of useful information that can be applied to most situations.
In preparation for an internal LEAN training in one of my companies business groups, I read (or actually listened) this book to be a bit prepared.
The book gives a good insight in the Toyota Production System and fully describes and explains the 14 principles. Although the Japanese words are flying around, it is easy to read and understand. This is the kind of book you want to read more than once, because there is so much in the 14 principles that we can use in our day to day life.
So if you think LEAN is only for production. Pick up this book and find out that it can be applied in many areas of our business and in our lives.
Whilst I respect greatly what Toyota has achieved and what it has done for the manufacturing world, this book waffles on a bit - repeatedly going over the same points.
This book could be half the size if they got straight to the point.
A new edition of this book is needed to accommodate the changing trends and the times that we live in
The Toyota Way is a great book but boy is it hard work. It suffers badly from the US preoccupation with selling books by weight.
The audio book gives the whole story flow. If you want to buy the book I would recommend that you also buy the audio to keep your strength up.
Put together they will become fundamental to your efforts to drive cost reduction and remove waste from your business. You really can quickly address "Dead wood issues" effectively, without conflict and in an impartial way. This package will pay for itself in hours if you have a mind to make it do so just make sure you are prepared to be bold. The big issue is you have to read the book not just buy it!
Not sure the "Cuddly" Toyota pitch is that accurate but its lovelly PR for them.The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World's Greatest Manufacturer
Just started using this book as it is recommended reading for my Masters degree in Operations and Supply Chain Management. One of the Lean bibles...
Just what I wanted. Very helpful for my new management role.
Both philosophical and technical at the same time. A wonderful read. Pushes you to completely change the way you look at things.
Jefferey Liker's well reasoned book explains the management principles that enable TOYOTA to outperform its piers - and explains why western managers pre-occupied with `management techniques' can't `go lean', without changing the culture of their organisation
Classic text on the principles and practice of modern manufacturing.
As consultant in companies that want to significantly improve their performance I give this book (plus Colins: Good to great) as required reading for the whole leadership team. Everibody reads a few chapters, they present it within six workshops, write exam, I lead discussion. Companies later cite this as a crucial activity that changed their thinking. Higly suggested!