Toyota Production System - Beyond Large-Scale Production
In this classic text, Taiichi Ohno--inventor of the Toyota Production System and Lean manufacturing--shares the genius that sets him apart as one of the most disciplined and creative thinkers of our time. Combining his candid insights with a rigorous analysis of Toyota's attempts at Lean production, Ohno's book explains how Lean principles can improve any production endeavor. A historical and philosophical description of just-in-time and Lean manufacturing, this work is a must read for all students of human progress. On a more practical level, it continues to provide inspiration and instruction for those seeking to improve efficiency through the elimination of waste.
Evan's Review: Understanding TPS, and the subsequent evolution into lean manufacturing, is critical to any business leader. This work is seminal in the field, and should be considered compulsory reading. I'd also recommend that anyone interested in the history of TPS also read "The Machine that Changed the World". My only criticism of this book is that it doesn't provide a lot of depth, nor much in the way of practical advice, on lean manufacturing. Although, in the books defence, that's not what it is trying to do.
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