Much has been written about Toyota over the last 30 years. Not only because they make great cars but also due to interest in the Toyota Production System. The Toyota Template is no different in that regard. It’s about the critical concepts and methods that Taiichi Ohno implemented in developing the Toyota Production System. Where it is different is in the parallels it draws between Toyota’s pre-Toyota Production System condition and companies today that are attempting to become more efficient or “lean.”

In view of efficiency, or “leanness,” many organizations are in the same position as Toyota was prior to implementing what was once called the “Ohno System.” This system was developed over many years through problem-solving and trial and ...

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