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GA 357 | Revisiting The Toyota Way with Jeff Liker

By Jessica Bush Updated on February 3rd, 2021

This week’s guest is Dr. Jeffrey Liker. Jeff explained why he released a second edition of his bestselling book, The Toyota Way. Jeff and Ron also discussed scientific thinking and its relationship to other lean tools like 5S, Hoshin Kanri, and more. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you’ll learn: 

  • Jeff’s background (4:17)
  • Why Jeff wrote the second edition (12:59)
  • The structure of the 4P model (18:54)
  • Whether or not you should start with the first edition (23:07)
  • Why Japanese culture lends itself to scientific thinking (24:37)
  • Learning scientific thinking (27:34)
  • An anecdote about deliberate practice (33:19)
  • The relationship between 5S and scientific thinking (39:09)
  • Why Jeff added Hoshin Kanri to the second edition (45:30)

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What Do You Think?

How do scientific thinking and other lean tools work well together?

  1. Eduardo Muniz

    February 4, 2021 - 3:17 pm

    Scientific thinking does not mean analytic
    Why do you think that companies applying lean identified that Critical Thinking is what their employees need to Solve Problems and Make Decisions?

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