We are strong believers that when you invest the time to learn something, start with the basics and work up from there. Therefore, if you are going to learn about lean, learn from the masters—Toyota. Mr Liker's The Toyota Way is arguably the gold standard in understanding lean and how to apply it. As a project manager, these principles apply not only to the business you work for and the projects that you run, but also need to build into the deliverables of your project. Hence you need a solid work knowledge of lean, how it works, and how it is implemented. There this book makes are "Must Read" list.
In factories around the world, Toyota consistently makes the highest-quality cars with the fewest defects of any competing manufacturer, while using fewer man-hours, less on-hand inventory, and half the floor space of its competitors. The Toyota Way is the first book for a general audience that explains the management principles and business philosophy behind Toyota's worldwide reputation for quality and reliability.
Complete with profiles of organizations that have successfully adopted Toyota's principles, this book shows managers in every industry how to improve business processes by:
- Eliminating wasted time and resources
- Building quality into workplace systems
- Finding low-cost but reliable alternatives to expensive new technology
- Producing in small quantities
- Turning every employee into a quality control inspector