I have worked on learning about lean and how it relates to Agile processes. As lean came from Toyata I have had The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World's Greatest Manufacturer on my list for some time now. I looked for it on my Safari membership, and I came across The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership: Achieving and Sustaining Excellence through Leadership Development by the same author; Jeffrey Liker.
The book describes how Toyota cultivates leaders which directly work to meeting the goal of reaching
True North. True North is a term internal to Toyota that means the ideal way or the way things would work if there was no waste in the production line.
The main points were:
Not really. It is definetly worth glancing through some of the main points of the book. Toyota is quite an exceptional company, and their commitment to their
process and people is something to take note.
Shu Ha ri - Is a learning approach. The translation essentially means:
The idea is that you have a Sensei to guide you on your learning path. At first you Watch them, then you Do while they observe, and finally you perform the task on your own Freedom.
One of the main points from this section is that leaders must
observe. One example the author gives is that an issue was discovered. The manager first thought was that it was impact wrenches causing the issue. When he propossed this to his upper management they told him to keep looking. After a couple more attempts the manager discovered it wasn't the impact wrenches that were the problem, but the employees training on how to use the impact wrenches
PDCA directly relates to the Toyota Business Process(TBP):
Almost every other book I read begins chapters with a quote. Here are a couple I noted:
Vision without action is merely a dream. Action withou vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world. - Joel A. Barker, futurist
Rough waters are truer tests of leadership. In calm water, every ship has a good captain. - Swedish Proverb I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers - Ralph Nader
Go to the people. Live with them. Learn from them. Start with what they know. Build with what they have. But with the best leaders, when the work is done, the task accomplished, the people will say "We have done this ourselves."
If someone played a drinking game out of the number of times Toyota gets mentioned they would not make it past 10 pages.