Let's get to the basics.
Toyota is right now the leading car manufacturing company in the world, no doubt about it. Toyota is now making also steps in the truck manufacturing market with HINO, if companies do not start doing something soon, the big truck manufacturing companies will be facing the reality of the BIG 3 (lost in sales, layoffs and........)
The following are the basics for Toyota, when you read them you will see that this is not things that are out of the word, this is COMMON SENSE, but we humans tend to make things complicated.............. Why other companies have not been able to implement lean like Toyota has done is a topic for another post, I hope you enjoy this one:
Principle 1. Base your management decisions on a long-term philosophy,
even at the expense of short-term financial goals
Principle 2. Create a continuous process flow to bring problems to the surface.
Principle 3. Use “pull” systems to avoid overproduction.
Principle 4. Level out the workload (heijunka). (Work like the tortoise, not
Principle 5. Build a culture of stopping to fix problems, to get quality right
the first time.
Principle 6. Standardized tasks and processes are the foundation for continuous
improvement and employee empowerment.
Principle 7. Use visual control so no problems are hidden.
Principle 8. Use only reliable, thoroughly tested technology that serves your
people and processes.
Principle 9. Grow leaders who thoroughly understand the work, live the
philosophy, and teach it to others.
Principle 10. Develop exceptional people and teams who follow your company’s
Principle 11. Respect your extended network of partners and suppliers by
challenging them and helping them improve.
Principle 12. Go and see for yourself to thoroughly understand the situation
Principle 13. Make decisions slowly by consensus, thoroughly considering
all options; implement decisions rapidly (nemawashi).
Principle 14. Become a learning organization through relentless reflection
(hansei) and continuous improvement (kaizen).