Toyota by Toyota: Reflections from the Inside Leaders on the Techniques That Revolutionized the Industry

Samuel Obara, Darril Wilburn

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April 9, 2012 by Productivity Press
Reference - 240 Pages - 61 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439880753 - CAT# K13796

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Features

    • Presents first-hand accounts of former Toyota associates
      Supplies various points of view regarding the application of basic TPS/Lean principles
    • Focuses on the purpose of Lean techniques and principles, instead of the best way of applying tools
    • Illustrates real-life experiences and examples

    Summary

    Written by former Toyota associates, Toyota By Toyota: Reflections from the Inside Leaders on the Techniques That Revolutionized the Industry focuses on the purpose of Lean methodologies, techniques, and principles. It compiles more than a century of combined experience from management-level employees who supply little-known insights about the Toyota Production System (TPS)—featuring many who worked directly with Taiichi Ohno.

    The book illustrates experiences at Toyota locations around the world, including the United States, Brazil, Venezuela, Europe, and Japan. Associates from various divisions, including sales, training, logistics, manufacturing, and human resources, provide diverse points of view regarding the application of the Lean principles discussed. In each chapter, TPS experts:

    • Share their story about when and how they learned the specific Lean technique, methodology, or concept
    • Describe the Lean technique, along with its benefits and pitfalls
    • Supply helpful implementation tips

    A common thread that weaves these stories together is that each contributor had to learn their lessons the hard way. Although there is no magical, painless way to learn Lean, the authors hope that by sharing their experiences and struggles, you can avoid having to struggle through the same lessons. Readers will benefit from seeing the various approaches used to teach, as well as the unique way these authors translate that learning to the reader.