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The Toyota Way Fieldbook: A Practical Guide for Implementing Toyota's 4Ps [Kindle Edition]

Jeffrey Liker , David Meier
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The Toyota Way Fieldbook is a companion to the international bestseller The Toyota Way. The Toyota Way Fieldbook builds on the philosophical aspects of Toyota's operating systems by detailing the concepts and providing practical examples for application that leaders need to bring Toyota's success-proven practices to life in any organization. The Toyota Way Fieldbook will help other companies learn from Toyota and develop systems that fit their unique cultures.

The book begins with a review of the principles of the Toyota Way through the 4Ps model-Philosophy, Processes, People and Partners, and Problem Solving. Readers looking to learn from Toyota's lean systems will be provided with the inside knowledge they need to

  • Define the companies purpose and develop a long-term philosophy
  • Create value streams with connected flow, standardized work, and level production
  • Build a culture to stop and fix problems
  • Develop leaders who promote and support the system
  • Find and develop exceptional people and partners
  • Learn the meaning of true root cause problem solving
  • Lead the change process and transform the total enterprise

The depth of detail provided draws on the authors combined experience of coaching and supporting companies in lean transformation. Toyota experts at the Georgetown, Kentucky plant, formally trained David Meier in TPS. Combined with Jeff Liker's extensive study of Toyota and his insightful knowledge the authors have developed unique models and ideas to explain the true philosophies and principles of the Toyota Production System.


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Your hands-on guide to the secrets of Toyota's success!

Jeffrey Liker first revealed the management principles Toyota's worldwide reputation for quality and reliability in the international bestseller The Toyota Way.

Now, he and Toyota veteran David Meier take those lessons a step further with The Toyota Way Fieldbook. You'll receive the diagnostic tools, worksheets, and exercises--many adapted from Toyota originals--so you can craft the most effective approach for your organization.

Learn how to develop a long-term philosophy of cost reduction, build a culture that stops to fix problems quickly, develop leaders that live your system, and transform your company into a true lean learning organization that continuously improves, meets the needs of its customers, and positions itself for long-term success.

Most importantly, you'll understand the thinking behind lean tools and approaches so you can implement Toyota's 4P Model for success in your organization:

Philosophy--The company is a vehicle for adding value to customers, society, the community, and its associates.

Process--When leaders follow the right process they get the right results, including long-term cost-reduction and quality improvement.

People and Partners--Add value to an organization by challenging its people and partners to grow and become more skilled and confident.

Problem solving--Continuously solve root problems to drive organizational learning.

About the Author

Jeffrey K. Liker, the author of the bestselling The Toyota Way, is Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering and cofounder and Director of the Japan Technology Management Program at the University of Michigan. His work has appeared in The Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, and other leading publications.

David Meier is the President of Lean Associates and was Group Leader for Toyota Motor Manufacturing for ten years. He helps other organizations across many industries learn from the Toyota Way.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6089 KB
  • Print Length: 476 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (19 Oct. 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000SBTWBE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I'll start with the bottom line: this is essential reading for anyone who really wants to understand what "lean" is about - but don't expect detail on the tools of lean: it's not really a fieldbook in that sense.

The good things: the book is really well written and the case studies are good ones. The description of the Toyata Way (or Toyota Production System -TPS) is detailed and logical. Above all I like the fact that this book emphasises the fact that TPS is more than a set of tools, and in fact if you just use the tools you're unlikely to get more than a few short term benefits and will risk backsliding in the longer term. So for a really thorough understanding of TPS, this book is great.

The not so good: the authors openly admit that this book does not attempt to describe the tools of TPS in any detail. This is a flaw and undermines its use as a fieldbook. In fact I'd go so far as to say this is not actually a fieldbook at all because it doesn't have the detail you'd need to use it "in the field" What it does try to do, reasonably successfully, is explain how you would approach using TPS in practical terms, so in that sense I can see why the fieldbook label was chosen. But it could have been so much better and richer if only the tools were described in detail too.

So if what you want is a book that will tell you how to do value stream mapping, 5S, etc. then you won't find that here. But used alongside such books, this book is an invaluable addition.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended to understand lean principles. 19 Jun. 2009
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There are some books that are special. They make a real impact in your reflection. This is one! Well organized in the sequence to go through the 4 principles of Toyota Way. Easy to read. Facilitates comprehension and reflection on each lesson learned.
The authors have done an outstanding job to help general public, and specially business leaders and people working on the continuous improvement spirit, to learn not focusing on the tools - you always have guides and other materials to learn about each tool - but focusing on the SYSTEMIC vision of the lean paradigm.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lean Principles and Philosophy 27 Aug. 2006
By Mr. Ross Maynard VINE VOICE
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This books explores the 12 philosophies of lean management as seen in the Toyota Production System. It is not a "how to" book - there are no methodologies for lean tools; rather the book explores lean principles and concepts in considerable detail (400 + pages) and how they can be applied in practice. To my mind the best elements of the book are the sections on problem solving and implementing lean. As a whole the book suffers from a dense style that makes it heavy going at times. The book also suffers from some gaps - insufficient space is given to how to achieve "flow" in an organisation with very variable demand. In addition, the book mentions the use of temporary staff to manage demand peaks but says nothing about how these people are recruited, trained, managed and involved in lean. The feeling is left that these are the "cannon fodder" of lean.

Overall this is probably essential reading for anyone involved in lean - but be ready for heavy going !.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to the Toyota Way Family 8 Sept. 2012
By Darren
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I've had the The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World's Greatest Manufacturer book for several years, and read it many times. My work is based on continuous improvement and I have worked in the Toyota family of businesses for several years - this fieldbook really brings TPS to life in a way that western businesses can follow. I like it because it does not prescribe a "does this, do that" approach, but moreover, it simply reinforces the "thinking way" by demonstrating the thinking behind the philosophy of the Toyota Way.
It's accurate too, and there is something in there for all businesses, you choose what works for you, and the rest will come later when you are ready. This is one of those books for life, you can read it at different times of your business life and it means different things each time, each reading seems to make sense more than the last time, because you've progressed yourself, and not because the book has changed.
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