Toyota Production System

Superstorm Sandy relief, lean, and Toyota

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 07-07-13

This video is great in many ways. First, it’s a great demonstration of how simple lean can be. While it doesn’t capture all of the essence or the experience behind some of the simple improvements, it does show how simple the improvements can be. Second, it demonstrates that when lean

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The Fall of the Mighty Toyota

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 02-17-10

..and other such troubling headlines and comments have been popping up everywhere throughout the news cycle and the blogosphere. The major Toyota recall has stirred up activity every where, from a common leading story on the nightly news, to blog articles of all sorts.

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Chasing the Rabbit: How Market Leaders Outdistance the Competition and How Great Companies Can Catch Up and Win

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 02-03-09
[amazon asin=B001JAHF30&template=iframe image] Author: Steven Spear Publication Date: 2008 Book Description: What's the key message? Steven Spear's years of observing Toyota and his studies of other companies, both successes and failures, have led him to distill a set of principles organizations can use to be more successful. Spear indicates that Read More

Taiichi Ohno's Workplace Management

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 09-06-08
[amazon asin=0978638751&template=iframe image] Author: Taiichi Ohno, translated by Jon Miller Publication Date: 2007 Book Description: What's the key message? Taiichi Ohno's Workplace Management was directly written by Taiichi Ohno, founder of the Toyota Production System. Many of his writings were transcriptions and interpretations of the man himself, leaving the reader Read More

Kaizen and the Art of Creative Thinking

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[amazon asin=1897363591&template=iframe image] Author: Shigeo Shingo Publication Date: 2007 Book Description: What's the key message? Kaisen and the Art of Creative Thinking is a new translation of a book Dr. Shingo wrote in 1958, but there is nothing outdated about it. Simple on the surface, the book may take several Read More

The Toyota Way Fieldbook

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[amazon asin=0071448934&template=iframe image] Author: Jeffrey K. Liker and David Meier Publication Date: 2006 Book Description: What's the key message? While Jeffrey Liker's book The Toyota Way was an examination of the 14 Principles of the Toyota Way, it was not an explicit "how to" guide at a tactical level.  This Read More

The Hitchhiker's Guide to Lean

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Author: Jamie Flinchbaugh, Andy Carlino Publication Date: 2006 Book Description: What’s the key message? The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Lean: Lessons from the Road does not center on one primary message. If you had to choose one, however, it would probably be that lean is about more than tools and process

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Profit Beyond Measure

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[amazon asin=068483667X&template=iframe image] Author: H. Thomas Johnson and Anders Bröms Publication Date: 2000 Book Description: What's the key message? Profit Beyond Measure establishes "True North", or the ideal state, for the growing lean accounting movement, a growing sub-set of lean. Tom Johnson, the lead author, has a rather aggressive view Read More

The Toyota Way

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[amazon asin=0071392319&template=iframe image] Author: Jeffrey Liker Publication Date: 2003 Book Description: What's the key message? The Toyota Way is a study of how Toyota manages and improves itself. It addresses not just solutions and tools, but the supporting culture and skills as well. It is done as an enterprise-wide exploration Read More