The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World's Greatest Manufacturer

Author: Jeffrey K. Liker
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About This Book

How to speed up business processes, improve quality, and cut costs in any industry

In factories around the world, Toyota consistently makes the highest-quality cars with the fewest defects of any competing manufacturer, while using fewer man-hours, less on-hand inventory, and half the floor space of its competitors. The Toyota Way is the first book for a general audience that explains the management principles and business philosophy behind Toyota's worldwide reputation for quality and reliability.

Complete with profiles of organizations that have successfully adopted Toyota's principles, this book shows managers in every industry how to improve business processes by:

  • Eliminating wasted time and resources
  • Building quality into workplace systems
  • Finding low-cost but reliable alternatives to expensive new technology
  • Producing in small quantities
  • Turning every employee into a qualitycontrol inspector


by neom   2021-01-06
As a huge Ed Deming fan, I'd recommend these books:

- The Essential Deming: Leadership Principles from the Father of Quality:

- The New Economics for Industry, Government, Education:

- The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World's Greatest Manufacturer:

Deming is really a great thinking in the area of product development and agile methodologies.

by dano   2017-09-22
Somewhat agree. If you really want to understand lean principles, start with the masters of the topic and consider reading some books about Toyota. The first in the list below is a wonderful introduction to how lean manufacturing principles evolved at Toyota over decades. The others can provide more hands on experience on the topic and if you can mentally translate manufacturing principles to software construction techniques, everything will start to make sense.

The Machine that Changed the World

Toyota Production System Beyond Large Scale

The Toyota Way

Out of the Crisis