Lean reading list
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2 Second Lean by Paul Akers is a popular way to start your lean journey.

Here’s a list of suggested reading related to lean manufacturing as curated by the editors of Woodworking Network:

  • 2 Second Lean by Paul Akers (Great introduction and fast read.)
  • The Goal by Eliyahu Goldratt (A novel with lessons about flow in manufacturing.)
  • The Toyota Way by Jeffrey Liker (A Westerner writes about the Toyota Production System.)
  • Toyota Production System by Taiichi Ohno (One of the key developers of TPS explains it.)
  • Fundamental Principles of Lean Manufacturing by Shigeo Shingo (The other key TPS developer explains lean.)
  • The Machine that Changed the World by Daniel Roos, Daniel T. Jones, and James P. Womack (Fundamental study of lean as applied in automotive factories.)
  • Lean Thinking: Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation by James P. Womack (Fundamental book the man who coined the term “lean manufacturing.”)

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William Sampson

William Sampson is a lifelong woodworker, and he has been an advocate for small-scale entrepreneurs and lean manufacturing since the 1980s. He was the editor of Fine Woodworking magazine in the early 1990s and founded WoodshopBusiness magazine, which he eventually sold and merged with CabinetMaker magazine. He helped found the Cabinet Makers Association in 1998 and was its first executive director. Today, as editorial director of Woodworking Network and FDMC magazine he has more than 20 years experience covering the professional woodworking industry. His popular "In the Shop" tool reviews and videos appear monthly in FDMC.