12 books that will guide you in your

Lean Transformation

Lean is a set of principles and practices that helps professionals and companies to achieve better results with less resources. Here you will find the perfect book to help you in your own Lean journey – whether you are beginning it or already reaping the benefits of Lean. Enjoy!

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Beginners


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Gemba Walks

By Taiichi Ohno

A classic, “Toyota Production System,” is written by Taiichi Ohno – the precursor of Lean – and shares an overview of its main concepts, tools and purposes. It’s an excellent start for those seeking to understand Lean’s original application and how this philosophy is timeless and game-changing.

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The Toyota Way

By Jeffrey K. Liker

“The Toyota Way” was the first book to describe the company’s philosophy and management system. It helps you understand how Toyota achieved success and grew to be one of the top 10 largest companies in the world by revenue.

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The Machine That Changed the World

By James P. Womack, Daniel T. Jones and Daniel Roos

Another classic, “The Machine That Changed the World” is a landmark in the Lean world. It made the term “Lean production” known worldwide and it’s an excellent guide for beginners. Originally published in 1990, it still makes a significant impact on those about to embrace the Lean transformation.

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The Toyota Way to Service Excellence

By Jeffrey K. Liker

The world’s bestselling Lean expert shows service-based organizations how to go Lean, gain value, and get results―The Toyota Way.

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Intermediate


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Gemba Walks

By Jim Womack

If you already have basic knowledge of Lean, this book might be great for you to straighten up your relationship with its tools and techniques. You’ll be able to learn from Jim Womack’s experience and get insightful information about his own “Gemba Walks.” It’s an excellent book for leaders and aspiring Lean managers.

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Lean Transformation

By Bruce A. Henderson and Jorge L. Larco

One of the biggest challenges after understanding the impact Lean makes is how to adopt it in your organization. This process is called The Lean Transformation. In this book–that can be considered a playbook–Henderson and Larco describe the ideal scenario and how you can get there successfully. It’s a good read for everyone involved in the transformation.

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Lean Six Sigma for Service

By Michael L. George Sr.

Approaching Lean from a service point of view, this book helps you understand how it’s possible to apply the philosophy in different business and different areas. With case studies, it’s a good read for those who already understand the principles of Lean and wish to get the transformation started.

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Lean Thinking

By James P. Womack

A bestseller, “Lean Thinking” is a classic Lean book. For those seeking to understand the philosophy and its roots better, it can be a great book. Many Lean managers consider this book a must-read for manufacturing organizations.

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Learning to See

By Mike Rother and John Shook

A practical approach focused on how to spot waste through value stream mapping, “Learning to See” is an excellent book for those who are already beginning a Lean transformation and seek to improve their processes effectively.

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The Lean Turnaround

By Art Byrne

With decades of experience, Byrne brings his thoughts, knowledge and tips to the public through “The Lean Turnaround.” Because of his authority, this book is widely appreciated by C-levels and Lean Managers worldwide.

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Experts


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The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership

By Jeffrey K. Liker and Gary L. Convis

To master the Lean culture and lead your company to success, it’s essential to understand the role of a Lean leader. Liker and Convis reveal how Toyota is also an expert in leader development. “The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership” is an eye-opening book for Lean managers and aspiring Lean managers whose ultimate goal is to achieve Lean excellence.

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The Lean Strategy

By Michael Balle, Daniel Jones, Jacques Chaize and Orest Fiume

“The Lean Strategy” is an excellent book for those who are profoundly familiar with Lean and already have experienced applying it to their organizations. It has a more philosophical approach, focusing on how developing people, behavior and principles can make a big difference in a successful Lean company.

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