• Traces the origins of Kaizen since the inception of Toyota Motor Corporation
• Articulates the basic six-step Kaizen improvement skills pattern taught inside Toyota
• Helps practitioners of Kaizen improve their own skill level and confidence by simplifying concepts and removing any mystery in the process
• Provides homework assignments and a wealth of forms for analyzing work processes
If you take the time to study the concepts detailed here, you will be reviewing the same methods and techniques that were harnessed by generations of Toyota supervisors, managers, and engineers. These techniques are not the secret ingredient of Lean manufacturing;
“…What I personally learned from people like Isao Kato and Art Smalley during my Toyota years was that a company’s success largely can be attributed to total employee involvement in daily Kaizen. This difference is critical when compared to traditional Western manufacturing companies. Team members in Toyota working with improvement tools, involvement opportunities, and a structured process constantly delivered amazing results that surpassed my expectations. This book represents a model for understanding Kaizen inside Toyota and the skills required to analyze basic processes and drive improvement.”
— from the foreword by Russ Scaffede, former vice president of manufacturing, Toyota Motor Manufacturing and retired vice president of manufacturing, Toyoda Boshoku America
About the Authors
Art Smalley worked for Toyota in Japan, before becoming the director of lean for a large US company and a consulting lean expert for McKinsey & Company.
Isao Kato spent 35 years with Toyota in a variety of management positions in manufacturing, HR, training and development, and supplier development.
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