Workplace Management [the broken link was removed] by Taiichi Ohno, translated by Jon Miller.
This classic work by the founding father of the Toyota Production System returns to print in a new translation. Ohno delivers timeless lessons on how to effectively manage the gemba – actual place or work. He relates stories from across his nearly 40 years of struggle to establish the Toyota Production System as both a mindset and supporting behaviors of constant improvement. In the book’s 37 chapters, Ohno covers a broad range of topics and lays out the fundamental philosophy of kaizen (continuous improvement) that has made Toyota the most successful automobile manufacturer today.
Jon Miller posted excellent items to his blog on each chapter. You may pre-order the book now [the broken link was removed] for delivery in March, 2007.