Book Review : The Toyota Means

“By no means be happy with inaction. Query and redefine your goal to realize progress.”

the toyota way Toyota approach” talks a few manufacturing philosophy “The Toyota Production System” (TPS) also referred to as “Lean Manufacturing”, which made it the world’s most revenueable automaker. TPS is a sophisticated system of manufacturing in which all of the components contribute to a whole. Jeffrey K. Liker describes 14 management ideas an organization ought to embrace. These 14 ideas are divided and mentioned utilizing a 4P model: Philosophy, Process, Individuals & Companions and Problem Solving.


It states that the mission of a company ought to give attention to factors that contribute to the expansion of the corporate and wellbeing of the employees.

Sustainable development can solely be achieved by doing the appropriate thing for the corporate, its workers, the client and the society as a whole.

The Process

It focuses on the Lean manufacturing process: implementation of Lean .

People and Companions

People are the most valuable asset, all employees have to be empowered and participate in continuous improvement and the organization ought to challenge and work along with its suppliers and companions to optimize the availability chain .

Downside Fixing

It is important to have consensus within the implementation phase of the process. All issues must be solved with the consensus of all of the workforce members.

Since the beginning, submit war Japan in 1980’s, Toyota’s key to operation was flexibility (creating steady material stream throughout the manufacturing process). It centered on making lead time brief and keeping manufacturing lines flexible. Eliminating waste material and time in each step of the production process lead to best quality, while improving safety and morale.

The best way Toyota engineered and manufactured the autos resulted in faster designing of autos, with more reliability, yet at competitive value which made it the third largest auto producer on the earth behind Common motors and Ford with global vehicles gross sales of over six million per year in a hundred and seventy countries.


Gary Convis, The managing officer and president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Kentucky, joined Toyota after working in the U.S. auto industry for 18 years; there he saw the transformation of the worst workforce the Common Motors to the very best US Manufacturing Facility at NUMMI (The Toyota/GM joint venture plant in Fremont, California).It all happened because of the lean production strategy i.e. Toyota Production System. The Toyota Manufacturing System was designed utilizing numerous ideas ranging from the shop ground to the engineering and business service operations.

The First Part: Using Operational Excellence as a strategic weapon

It all began in 1950’s, when to create a studying enterprise, Toyota followed the idea of “Pull System” on the shop flooring where step 1 stated not making the elements till the subsequent process after it makes use of up its unique provide of parts.

Step 2 utilized small quantity of safety stock that triggers a signal for new elements to be made.The pull system helped in evolution of the two pillars of Lean manufacturing (TPS) i.e. JIT (Just in Time) and Built in Quality (Jidoka).

Just in Time is a set of principles, tools, methods that enables a company to provide and deliver products in small portions, with short lead occasions to meet particular buyer needs. JIT followed the Japanese phrase “atokotei wa a-kyakusama” from the teachings of American quality pioneer, W. Edwards Deming, which means the following process is the shopper as for the pull system to work properly the proceeding process must all the time do what the subsequent process says.

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