Let others pride themselves…


…about how many pages they have written; I’d rather boast about the ones I’ve read.

Jorge Luis Borges

Let’s admit it: Lean is always challenging and sometimes frustrating. The good news is that you are not alone. There are many experts out there who have taken the time to write and share their experiences, honouring the “develop people first” Lean principle. This is an absolutely personal selection of the books that have helped me the most:

  • “Lean thinking”, Womack, Jones (Introduction, General principles of Lean)
  • “Kaizen”, Imai (Introduction to Kaizen, Continuous improvement)
  • “The Toyota Way”, Liker (Introduction, General principles of Lean)
  • “Toyota Kata”, Rother (Problem solving, coaching, PDCA)
  • “The goal”, Goldratt, Cox (Introduction to the Theory of Constraints)
  • “Understanding variation”, Wheeler (Introduction to Statistical Process Control)
  • “The Lean manager”, Ballé, Ballé (Lean transformation, Lean management)
  • “Lead with respect”, Ballé, Ballé (Lean transformation, People development)
  • “Hoshin Kanri for the Lean enterprise”, Jackson (Introduction to Hoshin Kanri)
  • “Managing to learn”, Shook (The A3 management process)
  • “The new shop floor management”, Suzaki (Management practices to create a continuous improvement environment)
  • “Manager revolution!”, Hatakeyama (Fundamentals of management)
  • “It starts with one”, Black, Gregersen (Understanding organizational change)
  • “Creating a Lean culture”, Mann (Lean management)
  • “Learning to see”, Rother, Shook (Value Stream Mapping)
  • “The complete Lean Enterprise”, Keyte, Locher (Value Stream Mapping for office processes)
  • “Creating continuous flow”, Rother, Harris (Calculate and design your working areas for one piece flow)
  • “Creating level pull”, Smalley (Lean scheduling techniques)
  • “Making materials flow”, Harris, Harris, Wilson (Materials management and control)
  • “A revolution in manufacturing: The SMED system”, Shingo (SMED)
  • “Real numbers”, Cunningham, Fiume (Lean accounting)
  • “A factory of one”, Markovitz (Lean principles to help individuals improve their daily work)
  • “Lean Office and Service Simplified”, Locher (Lean tools and techniques for administrative / support processes)

Don’t miss the opportunity and read lean books and articles. Learn from others!

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