Toyota Production System (TPS)

The Toyota Production system is a methodology originally invented by Ford and applied to perfection by the Toyota corporation. The System can be summarised as a set of principles which steer operational management and decision making in an organisation in a direction which eventually generates a highly dynamic, flexible and efficient learning operation. Applied correctly the implementation concept of each principle will look different from one organisation to another as the concepts get modelled around individual requirements, challenges and strategic direction. The principles apply to any given operational environment but are slightly biased towards manufacturing organisations. The principles are:

  1. Decision making aligned with long term benefits
  2. Standardise your Processes to set the Basis for Continuous Improvement
  3. Level out your work load
  4. Visual Management - Make your Problems visible
  5. Just in Time – Create Flow and Pull
  6. Jidoka - Stop if quality problems occur and only pass on good parts
  7. ‘Genchi Genbutsu’ - Go and understand problems where they occur
  8. Create a learning organisation through 5 whys and systematic problem solving
  9. Systematic Reduction of Waste
  10. Fostering People and Team Work
  11. Establishing Continuous Improvement