Chapter 19. Toyota Production System

Toyota is one of the most profitable large auto manufacturers. It makes excellent products, grows fast, has high margins, and makes lots of money. Toyota’s goal of going fast is not achieved by straining. Toyota eliminates wasted effort at every step of the process of producing cars. If you eliminate enough waste, soon you go faster than the people who are just trying to go fast.

This chapter focuses on the part of the Toyota Production System (TPS) that actually manufactures cars. Mary and Tom Poppendieck write extensively about the importance of the product development part of TPS to the whole task of delivering value through software.

Their alternative social structure of work is critical to the success ...

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