The list author says: "GBMP is a not-for-profit corporation whose sole focus is to help companies become more productive, competitive and profitable through Continuous Improvement education and hands-on implementation of best practices. Every book on our Lean Reading List was chosen by our staff of Continuous Improvement Managers. There are probably thousands of books on the Toyota Production System, Lean Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement you could buy. Our concise list will help you find the best ones and includes all of the fundamental texts, written by the innovators of the Toyota Production System and other bona-fide Lean experts. These are the only books you need to begin or sustain your Continuous Improvement journey to operational excellence. Enjoy!"
"The pivotal text on the true spirit of Continuous Improvement (Kaizen). A comprehensive handbook of 16 Kaizen management practices that can be put to work, using more than 100 examples in action and 15 corporate case studies."
"The most vital information available on the visual workplace; describes how the 5S theory fosters efficiency, maintenance, and continuous improvement in all areas of the company, from the plant floor to the sales office; includes case studies, hundreds of graphic illustrations, and over forty 5S users forms and training materials."
"Dr. Shingo, inventor of the Single-Minute Exchange of Die (SMED) system for Toyota, shows you how to reduce your changeovers by an average of 98%, reduce lead times from weeks to days, and lower inventory and warehousing costs - all leading to improved quality, productivity and profits."
"The key source for developing a poka-yoke (mistake-proofing) method which, when combined with source inspection, provides instand feedback on errors before they can become defects. The result: 100% inspection that eliminates the need for SQC and produces defect-free products without fail. Includes over 100 examples, most costing under $100!"
"A primer for managers who want to understand the philosophical and management foundations of TPS (the Toyota Production System, aka Lean Manufacturing) that are critical to successful development of the system. Learn how to manage JIT and to create a winning JIT environment in your operation from the man who invented it."
"Documents an actual company's Lean transformation over a ten-year period. Presents, in detail, what The Wiremold Company did to achieve its amazing results. "Better Thinking, Better Results" is a 2003 North American Shingo Prize recipient."
"A guide to the use of visual control systems for daily management and improvement; details how to develop meeting and communication areas, communicate work standards and instructions, use visual production controls such as kanban, and make goals and progress visible. Includes more than 200 diagrams and photos."
"Lays out specific suggestions for improving manufacturing techniques on the shop floor. Illustrated and packed with examples addressing quick set-up, job rotation, U-shaped production lines, and preventative maintenance."
"Learn the thinking underlying the A3 management process. Learn how “A3 thinking” helps managers identify and act on problems. Shook calls this approach, “the key to Toyota’s entire system of developing talent and continually deepening its knowledge and capabilities.”"
"The origins of Lean. First-person accounts of what the innovators did and why. Rare commentaries that explain the interplay of ideas that created Lean. Get a glimpse inside the minds of the system’s creators and innovators. Translated into English from Japanese."
"Helps lean leaders succeed in their batch-to-lean transformation; a guide to implementing the missing links to sustain a lean implementation. Provides guidance on key elements of lean management: standard work, visual controls, accountability, process focus, HR issues, et al. A questionnaire is included to help assess current management practices and monitor progress."
"Written by GBMP's own Bruce Hamilton (aka "The Toast Guy) & Pat Wardwell, the e2 system is a "Lean-by-Doing" process that takes immediately puts theories into practice through illuminating and effective exercises and assignments. This key component of e2 (tacit learning) makes lean techniques relevant and exciting in the context of your organization, regardless of the nature of your business."