martes, 3 de enero de 2012

The Toyota way JUST IN TIME

I have studied the Toyota way this year in my subject Business Management and enterprise development, I want to give thanks to my teacher Marc Cashin from the AIT. I found so usefull and interesting that I want to explain the Toyota Way and give you a summary of the culture behind TPS (Toyota production system).

"The more I have studied TPS and the Toyota Way, the more I understand that it is a system designed to provide the tools for people to continually improve their work. The Toyota Way means more dependence on people, not less. It is a culture, even more than a set of efficiency and improvement techniques. You depend upon the workers to reduce inventory, identify hidden problems, and fix them. The workers have a sense of urgency, purpose, and teamwork because if they don’t fix it there will be an inventory outage. On a daily basis, engineers, skilled workers, quality specialist, vendors, team leaders, and operators are all involved in continuous problem solving and improvement, which over time trains everyone to become better problem solvers. One lean tool that facilitates this teamwork is called 5S (sort, stabilize, shine, standardize, sustain), which is a series of activities for eliminating wastes that contribute to errors, defects, and injuries. In this improvement method, the fifth S, sustain, is arguably the hardest. It’s the one that keeps the first four S’s going by emphasizing the necessary education, training, and rewards needed to encourage workers to properly maintain and continuously improve operating procedures and the workplace environment. This effort requires a combination of committed management, proper training, and a culture that makes sustaining improvement a habitual behavior from the shop floor to management"

The 14 Principles of
the Toyota Way:
An Executive Summary of the
Culture Behind TPS

The principles are organized in four broad categories:

1) Long-term philosophy

2) The right process will produce the right results (this utilizes many of the TPS tools)

3) Add value to the organization by developing your people

4) Continuously solving root problems drives organizational learning.


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