Five Must Reads on Lean
This fall our experts suggest the following 5 Lean Reads
by Eliyahu Goldratt
Seminal work on Lean & Continuous Improvement. This book could easily be titled “Zen and the Art of Lean Improvement.” Utilized in business schools to introduce the Theory of Constraints, this is an easy read, that’s both informative and highly enlightening, and continues to change the way companies do business.
Recommended by: Stuart Lowe
The Lean Turnaround
by Art Byrne
The legendary business leader, Art Byrne shares how Lean can be used to improve virtually every aspect of operations, from training and leading employees to accounting and payroll issues. This book details the ins and outs of applying Lean Strategy to whatever type of company you run.
Recommended by: George Atkinson
The Lean Manager
by Michael & Freddy Balle
This book will help readers understand both the How of doing lean, and the Why behind the tools. A great read with practical applications for how to practice Lean, making the concepts of Lean simple and relevant for any factory setting.
Recommended by: Shelby Miller
Design for Operational Excellence
by Kevin Duggan
In this “make sense manufacturing” book, Duggan explains why companies seek continuous improvement – not just to improve efficiency, quality, or eliminate waste, but instead to achieve Operational Excellence. Once achieved, the leadership team can then refocus their attention from running the business to growing the business.
Recommended by: Joseph Abudd
The Gold Mine
by Freddy & Michael Balle
The Gold Mine takes a unique approach to presenting Lean concepts by using a realistic story to demonstrate how principles are interrelated versus just describing the technical aspects, allowing readers to more easily relate to the Lean Journey. This book addresses several questions people unfamiliar with Lean might ask while also managing to present all the key lean principles, ranging from well-known ideas such as pull and flow, to lesser-known yet equally important principles such as jidoka and heijunka.
Recommended by: Kevin Havel