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GBMP Recommended Lean Reading List

GBMP, Inc.
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!"
Kaizen: The Key To Japan's Competitive Success
Kaizen: The Key To Japan's Competitive Success
"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."
Gemba Kaizen: A Commonsense, Low-Cost Approach to Management
Gemba Kaizen: A Commonsense, Low-Cost Approach to Management
"A follow-up text to "Kaizen", providing blueprints for creating specific types of improvement."
5 Pillars of the Visual Workplace: The Sourcebook for 5S Implementation (For Your Organization!)
5 Pillars of the Visual Workplace: The Sourcebook for 5S Implementation (For Your Organization!)
"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."
A Revolution in Manufacturing: The SMED System
A Revolution in Manufacturing: The SMED System
"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."
Kanban for the Shopfloor Learning Package: Kanban Just-in Time at Toyota: Management Begins at the Workplace
Kanban for the Shopfloor Learning Package: Kanban Just-in Time at Toyota: Management Begins at the Workplace
"A fundamental resource on pull systems, written by Taiichi Ohno, the creator of the methodology."
Non-Stock Production: The Shingo System of Continuous Improvement
Non-Stock Production: The Shingo System of Continuous Improvement
"Taiichi Ohno's "lieutenant" on the shop floor, Shigeo Shingo, describes the mechanics of Lean tools. Also provides excellent insight into change management."
Poka-Yoke: Improving Product Quality by Preventing Defects
Poka-Yoke: Improving Product Quality by Preventing Defects
"Hundreds of examples of mistake-proof devices are catalogued in this text."
Zero Quality Control: Source Inspection and the Poka-Yoke System
Zero Quality Control: Source Inspection and the Poka-Yoke System
"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!"
Toyota Production System: An Integrated Approach to Just-In-Time
Toyota Production System: An Integrated Approach to Just-In-Time
"The best technical description of the Toyota Production System, for both practitioner and academic. Provides a balanced and broad approach to the system."
Toyota Production System: Beyond Large-Scale Production
Toyota Production System: Beyond Large-Scale Production
"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."
Better Thinking, Better Results: Using the Power of Lean as a Total Business Solution
Better Thinking, Better Results: Using the Power of Lean as a Total Business Solution
"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."
The Visual Factory: Building Participation Through Shared Information (See What's Happening in Your Key Processes--At a Glance, All)
The Visual Factory: Building Participation Through Shared Information (See What's Happening in Your Key Processes--At a Glance, All)
"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."
Variety Reduction Program: A Production Strategy for Product Diversification
Variety Reduction Program: A Production Strategy for Product Diversification
"An insightful book detailing engineering practices that can lead to significant reductions in pointless variety (i.e. variety not requested by the customer) in parts and processes."
The Improvement Book: Creating the Problem-Free Workplace
The Improvement Book: Creating the Problem-Free Workplace
"A great how-to handbook for total employee involvement."
JIT Factory Revolution: A Pictorial Guide to Factory Design of the Future
JIT Factory Revolution: A Pictorial Guide to Factory Design of the Future
"A "picture book" text, this useful format contains many visual examples of specific lean methods."
Lean Thinking: Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation, Revised and Updated
Lean Thinking: Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation, Revised and Updated
"An inspirational and informative overview of the Toyota Production System. This is the book that coined the term "Lean"."
Learning to See: Value Stream Mapping to Add Value and Eliminate MUDA
Learning to See: Value Stream Mapping to Add Value and Eliminate MUDA
"The best book for learning and implementing Value Stream Mapping (aka Material and Information Flow)."
Managerial Engineering: Techniques for Improving Quality and Productivity in the Workplace
Managerial Engineering: Techniques for Improving Quality and Productivity in the Workplace
"A guide and model for incremental implementation of best practices; a key book you'll use time and time again in your improvement and re-engineering efforts."
New Manufacturing Challenge: Techniques for Continuous Improvement
New Manufacturing Challenge: Techniques for Continuous Improvement
"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."
The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement
The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement
"Entertaining novelette that offers a view of manufacturing as a series of constraints gated by a 'greatest constraint'. A very good book for unlocking new thinking about manufacturing."
Managing to Learn: Using the A3 Management Process to Solve Problems, Gain Agreement, Mentor and Lead
Managing to Learn: Using the A3 Management Process to Solve Problems, Gain Agreement, Mentor and Lead
"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 Birth of Lean
The Birth of Lean
"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 systemÂ’s creators and innovators. Translated into English from Japanese."
Creating a Lean Culture: Tools to Sustain Lean Conversions
Creating a Lean Culture: Tools to Sustain Lean Conversions
"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."
e2 Continuous Improvement System: The Book! (Managing & Sustaining your Lean Transformation through the "e2 everybody, everyday" Approach to Lean)
e2 Continuous Improvement System: The Book! (Managing & Sustaining your Lean Transformation through the "e2 everybody, everyday" Approach to Lean)
"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."