The Toyota Way Fieldbook

  • 15h 33m 13s
  • David Meier, Jeffrey K. Liker
  • Recorded Books, Inc.
  • 2021

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. Listeners 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.

About the Author

Jeffrey K. Liker, the author of the bestselling The Toyota Way, is Professor Emeritus of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan, and President of Liker Lean Advisors, LLC. 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.

In this Audiobook

  • Chapter 1 - Background to the Fieldbook
  • Chapter 2 - Define Your Corporate Philosophy and Begin to Live It
  • Chapter 3 - Starting the Journey of Waste Reduction
  • Chapter 4 - Create Initial Process Stability
  • Chapter 5 - Create Connected Process Flow
  • Chapter 6 - Establish Standardized Processes and Procedures
  • Chapter 7 - Leveling: Be More Like the Tortoise Than the Hare
  • Chapter 8 - Build a Culture That Stops to Fix Problems
  • Chapter 9 - Make Technology Fit with People and Lean Processes
  • Chapter 10 - Develop Leaders Who Live Your System and Culture from Top to Bottom
  • Chapter 11 - Develop Exceptional Team Associates
  • Chapter 12 - Develop Suppliers and Partners as Extensions of the Enterprise
  • Chapter 13 - Problem Solving the Toyota Way
  • Chapter 14 - Develop a Thorough Understanding of the Situation and Define the Problem
  • Chapter 15 - Complete a Thorough Root Cause Analysis
  • Chapter 16 - Consider Alternative Solutions While Building Consensus
  • Chapter 17 - Plan-Do-Check-Act
  • Chapter 18 - Telling the Story Using an A3 Report
  • Chapter 19 - Lean Implementation Strategies and Tactics
  • Chapter 20 - Leading the Change


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