Why everyone working in DevOps should read the Toyota way

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Ian Miell wrote this essay about Toyota’s way. The Toyota Way is a set of principles and behaviors that underlie the Toyota Motor Corporation’s managerial approach and production system.. His advice is simple: Ignore the noise, go to the signal.

Once author started reading The Toyota Way, he realised that it was the real deal, and was articulating better many of the things I’d done to make change in business before.

One of the most obvious objections to anyone that foists The Toyota Way (TTW) on you is that its lessons apply to manufacturing, which is obviously different from a knowledge industry. How can physical stock levels, or assembly line management principles apply to what is done in such a different field?

The author points out that the book explains:

  • The Toyota Way is a philosophy, not a set of rules
  • Waste and pipelines are universal
  • How flow is not achieved: Failure to ‘Go and See’

Some excellent points done in this review. A rather shocking amount of time can be spent in knowledge industries producing information that doesn’t get used. Fantastic!

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