The Toyota Way

Author: Jeffrey K. Liker – 2004 y MCGraw-Hill

Executive Summary of the 14 Toyota Way Principles

Use the (*) to see how these principles fit with the project management discipline.

Section I : Long-Term Philosophy

  • Principle 1: Base your management decision on a long term-phylosophy, even at the expense of short-term financial goals (*)

Section II: The right process will produce the right results

  • Principle 2: Create continuous process flow to bring problems to the surface (*)
  • Principle 3: Use “pull” systems to aoid overproduction
  • Principle 4: Level out the workload (Heijunka). (Work like the tortoise, not the hare)
  • Principle 5: Build a culture of stopping to fix problems, to get the quality right the first time
  • Principle 6: Standardize taks are the foundation for continuous improvement and employee empowerment
  • Principle 7: Use visual control so no problems are hidden
  • Principle 8: Use only reliable, thouroughly tested technology that serves your people and processes

Section III : Add value to the organization by developing your people and partners

  • Principle 9: Grow leaders who thouroughly understand the work, live the philosophy, and teach it to others
  • Principle 10: Develop exceptional people and teams who follow your company’s phylosophy
  • Principle 11: Respect your extented network of partners and suppliers by challenging them and helping them improve

Section IV: Continously sloving root problems drives organizational learning

  • Principle 12: Go and see for yourself to thouroughly understand the situation (genchi genbutsu)
  • Principle 13: Make decision slowly by consensus, thouroughly considering all options; implement decisions rapidely
  • Principle 14: Become a learning organization though relentless reflection (hansei) and continuous improvement (kaizen)
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