The Toyota Production System – also known as TPS – is an organizational culture that consists of three key elements:

1) Toyota’s Philosophy

Toyota’s philosophy includes:

  • Customer First: Provide customers with what they want, when they want it and in the amount they want it.
  • People are the Most Valuable Resource: Deeply respect, engage and develop people.
  • Continuous Improvement: Engage everyone each and every day.
  • Shop Floor Focus: Go to where the work is done to find and solve problems.

2) TPS Tools & Practices

Use appropriate TPS Tools and Practices to achieve:

  • Just-In-Time production practices.
  • Built-in Quality (Jidoka) to expose roadblocks to improving safety, quality, cost and lead time.

3) Managerial Role

  • Leaders inspire and develop people to surface and solve problems to improve performance.

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