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A list of Lean Six Sigma books recommended by Reinvigoration

Personal Kanban: Mapping Work / Navigating Life – Senior Managers and Team Leaders

by Jim Benson

Machines need to be productive. People need to be effective. Personal Kanban is about choosing the right work at the right time. Recognizing why we do the things we do. Understanding the impact of our actions. Creating value – not just product. For ourselves, our families, our friends, our co-workers. For our legacy. Personal Kanban takes the same Lean principles from manufacturing that led the Japanese auto industry to become a global leader in quality, and applies them to individual and team work. Personal Kanban asks only that we visualize our work and limit our work-in-progress. Visualizing work allows us to transform our conceptual and threatening workload into an actionable, context-sensitive flow. Limiting our work-in-progress helps us complete what we start and understand the value of our choices. Combined, these two simple acts encourage us to improve the way we work and the way we make choices to balance our personal, professional, and social lives. Neither a prescription nor a plan, Personal Kanban provides a light, actionable, achievable framework for understanding our work and its context.

The Lean Toolbox – 4th edition: The essential guide to Lean Transformation – Practioners & Managers

by John Bicheno

‘The Lean Toolbox 4th Edition, the Essential Guide to Lean Transformation’ is written for practitioners and for students, and is the extensively revised version of the best selling ‘The New Lean Toolbox’. The book has sections on The Philosophy of Lean, Value and Waste, Transformation Frameworks, Deployment, Preparing for Flow, Mapping, Layout and Cell Design, Scheduling, TOC, Quality, Improvement, Managing Change, Sustainability, New Product Development, The Lean Supply Chain, and Accounting and Measurement.

The Service System Toolbox: Integrating Lean Thinking, Systems Thinking and Design Thinking – Practioners & Managers

by John Bicheno

A book on lean service and office improvement, this is an update of The Lean toolbox for Service Systems but incorporates Lean Thinking, Systems Thinking and Design Thinking. It contains sections on philosophy and description of the most practical tools. A strong feature is the contingency approach – different approaches for different service and administration situations.

Journey to Lean: Making Operational Change Stick – Practioners & Managers

by John Drew

In the current climate attention has refocused on lean production. While books have looked at the principles of lean production and techniques, this book from McKinsey & Company, the world’s most influential management consultancy, provides a unique approach, which is holistic in nature and argues that lean must be central to the strategy and mindset of the company or organization. It will be the most comprehensive book on the tangible and intangible aspects of lean transformation with a complete overview of how organizations should embark upon this arising from the cutting edge work done by the authors with leading companies worldwide.

Creating a Lean Culture: Tools to Sustain Lean Conversions, Second Edition – Practioners & Managers

by David Mann

The new edition of this Shingo Prize-winning bestseller provides critical insights and approaches to make any Lean transformation an ongoing success. It shows you how to implement a sustainable, successful transformation by developing a culture that has your stakeholders throughout the organizational chart involved and invested in the outcome. It teaches you how to successfully navigate the politics in cross-functional process improvement projects, and to engage executives in ways that are personally meaningful to them. If you are a leader at any level in an organization undergoing or considering a Lean transformation, this is where you should start and finish … and start again.

Policy Deployment & Lean Implementation Planning: 10 Step Roadmap to Successful Policy Deployment Using Lean as a System – Practioners & Managers

by Vince Fayad, et al.

The most powerful Lean Book you will ever own! For years, Industry Week magazine has reported that roughly 75% of companies using Lean as their business improvement activity have reported little, if any, progress. Since Lean can solve any business problem, why are 75% of organizations using Lean showing such little progress, when properly implemented Lean activities can show significant progress in the first year? The answer is that business organizations are not closing the loop between their business strategies, plans, budgets, and Lean as the system to make the plans a reality. Our new step-by-step workbook will show you how to close the loop between your business plans and your lean activities. This ground breaking new book is the key to using Lean as a system and will ensure that you are using Lean to its maximum potential.

Hoshin Kanri: The strategic Approach to Continuous Improvement – Senior Managers

by David C. Hutchins

The results of the quality revolution have been mixed. Global competition has elevated the most successful companies, in terms of providing goods and services, but even then initiatives such as total quality, business process reengineering and Six Sigma have been heralded as the solution, only to have been replaced with the next ‘big thing’ when it came along. Hoshin Kanri is not the next big thing in quality, it is a strategic approach to continuous improvement that provides a context for all of the individual elements such as Six Sigma or lean manufacturing. David Hutchins’ “Hoshin Kanri” shows you how to develop a dynamic vision for continuous improvement; to implement effective policies to support it; to link key performance indicators to Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing and Kaizen and to sustain a strategy-led programme for improving business performance.

Beyond Strategic Vision: Effective Corporate Action with Hoshin Planning – Senior Managers

by Michael Cowley

Hoshin is a system which was developed in Japan in the 1960’s, and is a derivative of Management By Objectives (MBO). It is a Management System for determining the appropriate course of action for an organization, and effectively accomplishing the relevant actions and results. Having recognized the power of this system, Beyond Strategic Vision tailors the Hoshin system to fit the culture of North American and European organizations. It is a “how-to” guide to the Hoshin method for executives, managers, and any other professionals who must plan as part of their normal job.

The management of an organization, whether it be large or small, has as one of its principal responsibilities setting the direction of the organization for the future. The most effective way to set the future direction is to develop a shared vision of what the organization will be in the future, contrast it to the way the organization is now, and then to create a plan for bridging the gap: the Strategic Plan. Beyond Strategic Vision shows you how to do this effectively and efficiently.

The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership – Achieving and Sustaining Excellence through Leadership Development – Senior Leaders

By Jeffery Liker

The missing link to long-term Lean success! Despite the fact that companies worldwide have adopted Lean production, none has sustained the same levels of excellence as Toyota. Why? Leadership. In The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership, Jeffrey Liker and Gary L. Convis, a former executive V.P. and managing officer of Toyota, help executives and senior managers get employees to refocus their efforts–from simply performing their singular function to continuously improving in collaboration across the organization. Case studies from Toyota clearly illustrate the methods that create powerful, effective Lean leadership. Jeffrey Liker, author of the popular Toyota Way books, is the acknowledged expert on Toyota processes. He is professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan.


Further “light” reading: Suitable for all levels especially those starting out on a Lean journey

The Goal: A Process of ongoing Improvement

by Jeff Cox & Eliyahu Goldratt

 The One Minute Manager: A concise, easily read story that reveals three very practical secrets

by Ken Blanchard

Who moved my Cheese: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life

by Ilene Hochberg

Our Iceberg is melting: Changing and Succeeding under Any Conditions

By John Kotter

Everything I know about Lean I learnt in the first grade: Discover the basics of Lean within a First grade class room

by Robert O Martichenk 

PEOPLE: A leaders day to day guide to building, managing and sustaining lean organisations

by Robert O Martichenko


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