Toyota Production System

“In a word, the Toyota Production System is to 'produce what you need, only as much as you need, when you need.' When you think about it, this is a very commonsense thing, but I think the fact that this is so difficult to do is because we are trapped by our habits and ways of doing things and we cannot change our ideas and our actions.” - Taiichi Ohno


"The Toyota Production System rests on two pillars. One is Sakichi Toyoda's jidoka: Turning out defective work is not what we're here for. The other is Kiichiro Toyoda's just in time." - Taiichi Ohno


"The key to the Toyota Way and what makes Toyota stand out is not any of the individual elements - but what is important is having all the elements together as a system. It must be practiced every day in a very consistent manner, not in spurts." - Taiichi Ohno


"We developed kanban later as a means of making the flow of work visible." - Taiichi Ohno