The Birth of Lean:
Taiichi Ohno, Eiji Toyoda
by Koichi Shimokawa and Takahiro Fujimoto (Editors).
There are a lot of books that describe the Toyota Production System, but most do so in a way that implies that there was a master plan to create a company-wide improvement system. But as the pioneers in The Birth of Lean explain, there was no master planâ€”TPS came about through experimentation, trial and error, and an evolution of ideas that shaped Toyotaâ€™s structure and management system.
This is an honest look at the origins of Lean, written in the words of the people who created the system. Through interviews and annotated talks, you will hear first-person accounts of what these innovators and problem-solvers did and why they did it. Youâ€™ll read rare, personal commentaries that explain the interplay of (sometimes opposing) ideas that created a revolution in thinking.
In The Birth of Lean, youâ€™ll get a glimpse inside the minds and thought processes of the systemâ€™s creators and innovators:
Taiichi Ohno ”the man who envisioned a way of working that would evolve into the Toyota Production System
Eiji Toyoda ”the former Toyota President and Chairman who oversaw the development of TPS and the inclusion of TQC at Toyota
Kikuo Suzumura ”the Toyota manager recognized as the most influential in translating Ohnoâ€™s ideas into actionable items
Michikazu Tanaka ”the manager and executive at Toyota affiliate Daihatsu who adapted TPS to his organization
Kaneyoshi Kusunoki ”the former head of Toyota's production engineering organization who refined the buffering system in use in Toyotaâ€™s operations
Masao Nemoto ”the Toyota executive central to the deployment of TQC at Toyota