Lean Six Sigma Recommended Bibliography

We are often asked, ‘What is a good book to explain lean and six sigma concepts and philosophy?. There are a number of good books out there but here are some of the ones we have found to be most useful and practical for understanding and application in real life.

Lean Thinking
by Womack, James P and Daniel T Jones
In the expanded second edition of the landmark book Lean Thinking, the authors revisit the companies studied in the first edition to discover that the continuing application of lean thinking has permitted these firms to prosper.
ISBN: 0-7432-4927-5

Lean Solutions
by Womack, James P and Daniel T Jones
In their bestselling business classic Lean Thinking, James Womack and Daniel Jones introduced the world to the principles of lean production—principles for eliminating waste during production. Now, in Lean Solutions, the authors establish the groundbreaking principles of lean consumption, showing companies how to eliminate inefficiency during consumption.
ISBN: 0-7432-7778-3

Seeing the Whole
by Dan Jones and Jim Womack
Shingo Research Prize Recipient, 2003
Using an extended value-stream map, a breakthrough tool for improving extended value streams, Dan Jones and Jim Womack demonstrate how 90% of the actions and 99% of the time along a typical value stream can consume resources, but create no value for customers.
More importantly their workbook Seeing the Whole, which received a Shingo Research Prize in 2003, shows companies how to fix the problem.
ISBN: 0-9667843-5-9

Lean Solutions
How companies and customers can create value and wealth together
by James P Womack and Daniel T Jones
Lean Solutions is a well-reasoned argument for lean as a basis of successful business strategies, more than a way to cut costs in factory or office processes. -Target
"But the analysis is compelling – and a challenge thrown down to management everywhere." - Financial Times
ISBN: 0-7432-7778-3

The Gold Mine
A novel of lean turnaround, published by LEI
Freddy and Michael Ballé
Shingo Research Prize recipient for 2006
A growing number of successful companies are turning to lean thinking to maintain a competitive edge in a global economy of falling prices, rising quality, and relentless competition. Yet while there are many excellent resources that teach both the tools and principles, no single book addresses what might be the most important lean discipline of all—the human challenge of creating and sustaining the commitment of the people doing the work.
The Gold Mine deftly weaves together the technical and human pieces of implementing lean manufacturing in an engaging story that readers will find both compelling and instructive. Authors Freddy and Michael Ballé have produced the first integrated and systematic approach to a set of ideas that have maximized value and minimized waste throughout the world.
ISBN: 0-9743225-6-3

The Machine That Changed The World – (Revised )
by James P. Womack, Daniel T. Jones and Daniel Roos
When The Machine That Changed the World was first published in 1990, Toyota was half the size of General Motors. Today Toyota is passing GM as the world's largest auto maker and is the most consistently successful global enterprise of the past fifty years. This management classic was the first book to reveal Toyota's lean production system that is the basis for its enduring success.
Now reissued with a new Foreword and After word, Machine contrasts two fundamentally different business systems -- lean versus mass, two very different ways of thinking about how humans work together to create value. Based on the largest and most thorough study ever undertaken of any industry -- MIT's five-year, fourteen-country International Motor Vehicle Program -- this book describes the entire managerial system of lean production.
Nearly twenty years ago, Womack, Jones, and Roos provided a comprehensive description of the entire lean system. They exhaustively documented its advantages over the mass production model pioneered by General Motors and predicted that lean production would eventually triumph. Indeed, they argued that it would triumph not just in manufacturing but in every value-creating activity from health care to retail to distribution.
Today The Machine That Changed the World provides enduring and essential guidance to managers and leaders in every industry seeking to transform traditional enterprises into exemplars of lean success.
Publisher: Free Press 2007
ISBN: 978-0-7432-9979-4

The Toyota Way
By Jeffrey k Liker
Toyota is as much a state of mind as it is a car company
In factories around the globe, Toyota consistently raises the bar for manufacturing, product development and process excellence. The result is an amazing business success story: steadily taking market share from price cutting competitors, earning far more profit than any other automaker, and winning the praise of business leaders worldwide.
Professor Liker has been studying Toyota for twenty years, and was give unprecedented access to Toyota executives, employees and factories, both in Japan and the United States for this landmark book.
The Toyota Way reveals the 14 foundational management principles behind the automakers world-famous system of Lean production.
Published by McGraw Hill
ISBN No. 978-0-07-139231-0

Getting the Right Things Done
By Pascal Dennis
For companies to be competitive, leaders must engage people at all levels in order to focus their energy and enable them to apply lean principles to everything they do. Strategy deployment, called hoshin kanri by Toyota, has proven to be the most effective process for meeting this ongoing challenge.
ISBN: 978-0976315261

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