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Toyota Business Practice (TBP)

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TBP is Toyota’s problem solving process, based on the original Plan Do Check Act (PDCA) model, but more detailed and prescriptive with 8 steps instead of 4.

Toyota had originally developed The Toyota Way 2001, and wanted a way to put those principles into action across the organization and with their suppliers and partners.

The 8 steps are as follows:

  1. Clarify the problem
  2. Breakdown the problem
  3. Set a target
  4. Analyze the root cause
  5. Develop countermeasures
  6. See countermeasures through
  7. Evaluate both results and process
  8. Standardize successful processes

A3 documentation is used to capture the status of a problem within these 8 steps, so there is a natural connection between A3, PDCA, Kata and TBP.

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