Recommended Lean Books

| by Amr Elssamadisy Follow 0 Followers on May 06, 2009. Estimated reading time: 1 minute |

A question was posted on the leanagile Yahoo! group:

I am looking for some reading recommendations about Lean that are NOT the "Implementing Lean Software Development" or "Lean Software Development" - I have already read those. I am looking for the books you read after you have read those two books.

And an ensuing discussion took place.  Below is a summary of 24 of the recommendations made by members of the group:

Title Category Notes
Toyota Way and The Toyota Way Fieldbook Lean Production Were recommended as good starting points although there was some feedback saying it was too superficial.
Toyota Production System Lean Production By Taiichi Ohno.
Managing the Design Factory Product Development  
Creating a Lean Culture Management  
Lean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit, Implementing Lean Software Development: From Concept to Cash, and Leading Lean Software Development Software Development The Poppendieck books. The third book still a draft with parts available on their website.
Managing to Learn A3 management Process  
Lean-Thinking, Lean Solutions, The Machine that Changed the World Lean Production Womack-Jones books.
Kaikaku the power and magic of lean and The Idea Generator: Kaizen   Norman Bodek books.
The Art of Creative Thinking    
Jit is Flow    
Chasing the Rabbit    
Product Development for the Lean Enterprise and Ready, Set, Dominate Product Development Michael Kennedy's two books.
The Goal Theory of Constraints  
Results from the Heart: How Mini-Company Management Captures Everyone's Talents   by Kiyoshi Suzaki and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
The Elegant Solution    
Out of the Crisis Predecessor to Lean, JIT, Theory of Constraints, etc... W. Edwards Demming
Scaling Lean and Agile Software development  

An attempt to categorize the different books has been made by this reporter, who is by no means a Lean expert. Let us know what you think of these recommendations, and if you feel strongly about one or more of the recommendations, then please share with the community.

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More suggestions by Jason Yip

Lean Product and Process Development by Allan Ward
The Toyota Product Development System by James Morgan and Jeffrey Liker

Toyota Culture by Jeffrey Liker and Michael Hoseus
Toyota Talent by Jeffrey Liker and David Meier

Learning to See by Mike Rother and John Shook
Getting the Right Things Done by Pascal Dennis

Just got The Birth of Lean by Koichi Shimokawa and Takahiro Fujimoto, and Kaizen Express by Toshiko Narusawa and John Shook

Didn't actually like The Art of Creative Thinking... heard good things about Chasing the Rabbit but haven't read it yet.

Update and follow-up by Amr Elssamadisy

Thank Jason for leaving your recommendations. If other members of their community leave their recommendations and feedback with regards to books in the list already, we'll write up a follow-up news piece with the updated information.


More suggestions by Henning Spjelkavik

After reading "The Goal", I'd suggest "Critical Chain" by the same author (E Goldratt). It's a fast ready, and contains some interesting ideas.

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