Wednesday, October 21, 2009

14 Principles of Toyota Way

The 14 Principles of the Toyota Way is a management philosophy used by the Toyota corporation that includes the Toyota Production System. The main ideas are to base management decisions on a "philosophical sense of purpose", to think long term, to have a process for solving problems, to add value to the organization by developing its people, and to recognize that continuously solving root problems drives organizational learning.

14 Principles of Toyota Way.
  • Principle 1: Base your management decisions on a long-term philosophy, even at the expense of short-term financial goals
  • Principle 2: Create a continuous process flow to bring problems to the surface.
  • Principle 3: Use "pull" systems to avoid 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 quality right the first time
  • Principle 6: Standardized tasks and processes are the foundation for continuous improvement and employee empowerment.
  • Principle 7: Use visual control so no problems are hidden.
  • Principle 8: Use only reliable, thoroughly tested technology that serves your people and processes.
  • Principle 9: Grow leaders who thoroughly understand the work, live the philosophy, and teach it to others.
  • Principle 10: Develop exceptional people and teams who follow your company's philosophy.
  • Principle 11: Respect your extended network of partners and suppliers by challenging them and helping them improve.
  • Principle 12: Go and see for yourself to thoroughly understand the situation (Genchi Genbutsu).
  • Principle 13: Make decisions slowly by consensus, thoroughly considering all options; implement decisions rapidly (nemawashi).
  • Principle 14: Become a learning organization through relentless reflection (hansei) and continuous improvement (kaizen).

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