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:
©2004 McGraw-Hill; (P)2005 AMI
This is a straight forward operations management textbook that cuts through the normal business waffle waffle and tells you how Toyota walked the talk. Practical tools and good management stories. Excellent listen!
Good narrator, Good examples. I enjoyed learning about the background and principles behind the Toyota way of working. Could be more thorough on tools mentioned such a value stream mapping.
The narrator was amazing iv owned the hard copy for years and read it a hand full of times but it was amazing to be able to listen to it for a change while driving to work.
Lives in Bristol, works in Reading; Product Manager by day, keen cyclist at all other times. Season ticket holder at Bristol RFC.
Toyota Production System
Lots of lessons to draw upon and LOTS of ways in which this book will make you think about what you do, how you do it, why you do it that way and, IF there is a better way.
Many pockets of personal and company innovation throughout.
Engaging and interesting and yet, no emotion - though the content delivery or the story being told. The right way. The balance was right all the way through.
Will listen to again as, we (as a business) use KANBAN as a product development process - as applied to software and hardware design / delivery.
Develop the individual by not finding fault, blaming but objectively criticizing to improve performance. The Goal should be achiving the target set by strategic intent.
good management book on key underlying lean management and kaizen theory, slightly outdated in terms of applying the toyota way to modern day businesses
"Skips to Many Parts of the Book"
If the Narrator would have read ALL of the book. He skips parts. I know this because I was following along with the exact same book and big chunks where missing. I would have to stop the book and then read and then start it up again.
I love how the lean system has helped many companies.
He has no excitement to his voice and is very monotoned.
I would not have cut any of it. Read the book as it was written.
Do not cut parts from the book.
"This is an abridged audiobook"
I agree with other reviewers that when you listen to the audiobook with the printed book of the same edition in front of you, it's clear that the audiobook is abridged and skips large chunks of the book.
"The Toyota Way"
Outstanding! I have run a small business for 19 years. It was going flat over the last few years, I needed a new approach. I have listened multiple times to the program and made extensive notes, and am currently implementing the Toyota Way in my business. We are already seeing gains. The information is great, and the reading fits it to a "T" (for Toyota). It is a bit technical, but I did not find it ponderous. Highly recommended!
"MIssing Content from the Paper Book"
- if book had all content in the book- if cloud player worked better (but it doesn't), and is able to play the book (it wasn't after a few weeks)
- Missing content from the paper-edition book- Boring narrator
- Content was interesting, but poorly delivered
- DRM is horrible. I can't simply download the book to play on my phone. I don't want to, (and I can't) install the Audible app. I even have to download and install software to play a book on my computer, which is ridiculous for a simple audio file.
"Sold as Unabridged, but it is Abridged"
The lean topic is a game changer for any business. It is a good audiobook but much is skipped.
Excellent vocal choice
It is a shame that the customer service it represents and journey to exactness was not followed in creating this book and selling it as something it is not
"Missing large sections of the book"
Missing large sections of the book, not organized by chapterts
missing large sections of the book
"Skips major sections of the book."
This audio skips major portions of the book. I bought this thinking I could listen to this on my commute as a pre-req to a work class I am taking. That won't work as the majoity of the book is missing from this recording. The description states unabridged, but there are only 4 of 22 chapters!
Toyota Way was very illuminating on differences between Toyota Management & Production systems vs. the management styles I've seen from 3 American companies (each +100 years old.) This book focused on the culture of Toyota, which appears to be integrated and consistent with the techniques of TPS. I feel this consistency of philosophy and technique is a gigantic advantage because I've experienced the impotence of technique without vision.
I have been involved with Lean projects for 2 years. This book filled in many gaps in the "why" Lean techniques are done, which I found highly value added.
This is not a techniques book, and that's good. TPS is equal parts sociological and technical. This is the first Lean book I've encountered that focused on the sociological.
"Dry but useful"
This book really gives you a lot of great ideas on how to improve your company. The narrator speaks very clearly and was easy to understand. The story gets three stars because it's very dry and would make a great cure for insomnia.
"Good principles, distracting language"
This book describes in great detail the processes used by Toyota to streamline their manufacturing process and build-in quality. The reader was engaging and the topics interestingly developed with illustrations. However for each topic, the japanese term associated with the topic was read. That in itself wouldn't be so bad except that I couldn't remember the different terms when he referred back to the Japanese terms. A little irritating but overall a good book in the fashion of the 5 S's or LEAN manufacturing.
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