Thanks to Mark on the scrumdevelopment Yahoo! group for pointing out this great little article: The Toyota Way is Translated for a New Generation of Foreign Managers. The main thrust of the article is the difficulty that Toyota has had in getting managers outside of Japan to accept some of the core principles and practices of the Toyota Way. One interesting example:
Worse, some executives like Mr. Konishi complain of managers at Toyota factories who have not adhered to some of the companyâ€™s most basic creeds, like allowing workers to stop factory lines when they spot defects. Empowering factory workers has long been central to Toyotaâ€™s quality control.