Toyota Kaizen Methods: Six Steps to Improvement

  • 2h 11m
  • Art Smalley, Isao Kato
  • CRC Press
  • 2011

Toyota Kaizen Methods: Six Steps to Improvement focuses on the skills and techniques practiced inside Toyota Motor Corporation during the past decades. This workbook focuses on the actual training course concepts and methods used by Toyota to develop employee skill level, a core element of Toyota’s success. It is not a book about holding Western-style five-day Kaizen events, which were in reality quite rare during the development of Toyota’s production system and are virtually nonexistent today inside Toyota. Written by two of Toyota’s most revered and experienced trainers, the book —

  • Traces the origins of Kaizen since the inception of Toyota Motor Corporation
  • Articulates the basic six-step Kaizen improvement skills pattern taught inside Toyota
  • Helps practitioners of Kaizen improve their own skill level and confidence by simplifying concepts and removing any mystery in the process
  • Provides homework assignments and a wealth of forms for analyzing work processes

If you take the time to study the concepts detailed here, you will be reviewing the same methods and techniques that were harnessed by generations of Toyota supervisors, managers, and engineers. These techniques are not the secret ingredient of Lean manufacturing; however, mastery of these timeless techniques will improve your ability to conduct improvement in almost any setting and generate improvement results for your organization.

About the Authors

Art Smalley worked for Toyota in Japan, before becoming the director of lean for a large US company and a consulting lean expert for McKinsey & Company.

Isao Kato spent 35 years with Toyota in a variety of management positions in manufacturing, HR, training and development, and supplier development.

In this Book

  • Toyota Kaizen Methods—Six Steps to Improvement
  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • Background of Kaizen in Toyota
  • Introduction to Kaizen in Toyota
  • Step 1: Discover Improvement Potential
  • Step 2: Analyze Current Methods
  • Step 3—Generate Original Ideas
  • Step 4—Develop an Implementation Plan
  • Step 5: Implement the Plan
  • Step 6: Evaluate the New Method
  • Summary
  • Ten Areas to Investigate for Operational Improvement
  • Forms and Instructions


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