Lean Reading Recommendations
January 15, 2013 | 9:00 am CST
Here are some books that provide a good foundation for understanding lean manufacturing and adopting it in your workplace. 


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2 Second Lean, by Paul Akers. Subtitled “How to Grow People and Build a Fun Lean Culture,” this quick and entertaining read follows Akers’ adventures going from a garage-based cabinet shop to a multi-million-dollar international product development corporation. Available as a Kindle book.
Everything I Know about Lean I Learned in First Grade, by Robert O. Martichenko. This entertaining 100-page book uses a visit to a first-grade elementary school classroom as way to explain basic lean principles and show how they apply to much more than business and manufacturing.
The Goal, by Eliyahu Goldratt. This book is written as a novel but introduces the Theory of Constraints. TOC is not strictly a lean concept, but many lean thinkers, including Bob Buckley and Carl Spencer, highly recommend this book.
The Gold Mine, by Freddy and Michael Balle. A novelized depiction of a lean turnaround.
Lean Thinking, by James Womack and Daniel Jones. The book that really popularized the term “lean manufacturing.” Many consider this the fundamental text on the subject.
Story of a Lean Journey, by Jim Lewis. This book chronicles the journey of one company through the lean transformation process.
True32 Flow Manufacturing, by Bob Buckley. This book goes into great detail to explain how the author adopted the 32mm system, TOC and lean thinking in his cabinet shop.

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Jim Lewis

Jim Lewis has worked in the furniture industry for 40 years with a special emphasis on facilitating the transformation process for businesses embracing the Lean Business Model.  Jim’s company, The Center for Lean Learning, is headquartered in Grand Rapids, MI, with an office in St. Thomas, ON, Canada.  He is a consultant, author, and writer.  Jim’s books include, “The Journey to Excellence – Successfully Applying Lean Thinking in Your Business,” “A Testament to Lean Thinking – Cases for Change,” and a series of ebooklets under the main title “Applying Lean Thinking.”  The books are in ebook format and are available through all major ebook retailers and through smashwords.com.