The Toyota Way is a set of principles and behaviors that are followed by Toyota Motor Corporations Management. The concepts have been put to use by hundreds of companies with great success. Jump start your success through these great resources.

Toyota Way 14 Principles:

  1. Base your management decisions on a long-term philosophy, even at the expense of short-term financial goals.
  2. Create a continuous process flow to bring problems to the surface.
  3. Use “pull” systems to avoid overproduction.
  4. Level out the workload. (Work like the tortoise, not the hare.)
  5. Build a culture of stopping to fix problems, to get quality right the first time.
  6. Standardized tasks and processes are the foundation for continuous improvement and employee empowerment.
  7. Use visual control so no problems are hidden.
  8. Use only reliable, thoroughly tested technology that serves your people and processes.
  9. Grow Leaders who thoroughly understand the work, live the philosophy and teach it to others.
  10. Develop exceptional people and teams who follow your company’s philosophy.
  11. Respect your extended network of partners and suppliers by challenging them and helping them improve.
  12. Go and see for yourself to thoroughly understand the situation (genchi genbutsu).
  13. Make decisions slowly by consensus, thoroughly considering all options; implement decisions rapidly (nemawashi).
  14. Become a learning organization through relentless reflection (hansei) and continuous improvement (kaizen).

What is lean?

  1. Providing value to your customer by reducing wasteful practices
  2. Philosophy comes from the world famous Toyota Production System
  3. Preserving value with less work
  4. Recognize profit potentials through elimination of wasteful production practices

Still wondering, what is lean?

  • Lean Post: Standardization is a Countermeasure, Not a Goal July 29, 2014
    Today’s post is being hosted by the Lean Enterprise Institute and their “Lean Post” blog… click on the headline below or the image to read: “Standardization is a Countermeasure, Never the Goal“ It’s a post that encourages people to “ask why” when thinking about standardized work, 5S, and other Lean practices. Instead of thinking “what […] […]
    Mark Graban
  • #Lean: The Worst Root Cause Problem Solver in the Animal World Is… July 28, 2014
    We all know the beaver is “the engineer of the animal kingdom.” That’s why MIT has a beaver as a mascot… it’s an engineer who likes to build things and is generally nocturnal, an apt description of MIT students. A survey taken by the National Geographic Society has found that the owl, however, is the […] […]
    Mark Graban
  • Weird Al’s Hilarious “Mission Statement” Song & Video Mocks Corporate Buzzwords July 25, 2014
    “Weird Al” Yanokvic skewers corporate buzzwords in this new song and music video. He also skewers the now-tired “hand writing on a white board” style of corporate videos, which I think is even more brilliant of him. There are a few somewhat Lean-related buzzwords in the video… the last one looks like it has PDSA […] […]
    Mark Graban