The Plan for Just-In-Time & Culture Change



At The Toyota Template, we know the best method to produce items is what’s been called Ohno’s “secret weapon”. With your input, we will deploy Ohno’s “secret weapon” in your business. What's that?

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At The Toyota Template, we know how to pull batch-built parts and eliminate the schedules for them because we’ve done it. We follow the Toyota method. What’s that?

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At The Toyota Template, we are passionate advocates of the Toyota Production System and the many benefits it can provide for business. We believe that, as Ohno said, the Toyota Production System is “a concept in management that will work for any type of business. 

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At The Toyota Template, we believe what Fujio Cho, Ohno protege' and former Chairman of Toyota Motor Corporation has said, "Many good companies have respect for individuals, and practice kaizen and other TPS tools....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."

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At The Toyota Template, our

difference is simple. We are true to the Toyota Production System because it is proven to deliver higher quality, at lower costs, in shorter lead time.

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Phil is the author of

The Toyota Template: The Plan for Just-In-Time and Culture Change Beyond Lean Tools


Taiichi Ohno said that the Toyota Production System is “a concept in management that will work for any type of business."

Phil's book explains the critically important elements of the Toyota Production System, analyzes the sequence of implementation as the system developed, and puts these elements in a logical order of implementation based on the history and current knowledge. Additionally, it addresses the effect of each element on the development of the Toyota culture.

Phil is an accomplished teacher and conference speaker having developed classes for and taught hundreds of employees on aspects of the Toyota Production System. 

“My Japanese trainers at Toyota could masterfully take a complex subject and explain it and teach it so wonderfully simple. It didn’t make it any easier, but it made it possible for me to now do. Ledbetter has done just that with ‘The Toyota Template."

Mike Hoseus 

Former Toyota Executive and Co-author of Shingo Award Winning book “Toyota Culture”

The Toyota Template Book

“Drawing on his extensive experience, Phil Ledbetter shares his insights into the foundational principles of the Toyota Production System. This book will give you a deeper understanding of  what has made Toyota successful and a practical application that you can use to develop your  own transformation.”  


Jim Garrick

Mgr. Global Operational Excellence & Process Improvement

Southeast Regional Director – AME

Shingo Prize Examiner



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