There are many great books about Lean and its application in a wide variety of industries which can help you expand your Lean knowledge. We have separated the titles into categories:

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Leadership Culture

Jim Collins investigates whether there are companies that have gone from good to great and if so what are their universal distinguishing characteristics.Read more
Jack Welch transformed GE into the world’s most valuable corporation. This book has been written to help employees follow the proven Welch model to reach new heights in their careers.Read more
Ken Blanchard draws on a seven-year research study into how successful corporate executives exert influence. It will help you understand yourself as a leader so you can become more effective. Read more
Kiyoshi Suzaki introduces a new approach to improving job performance and job satisfaction recognising that a motivated and engaged workforce should be part of any strategy to gain competitive advantage in the changing business environment.Read more
John C Maxwell discusses how to how to identify and train potential leaders and foster a productive team culture. People can grow, develop and become more effective if they have a leader who understands their potential value. Read more
Pascal Dennis outlines the nuts and bolts of strategy deployment, answering the questions that can make or break a lean transformation: What kind of planning system is required to inspire meaningful company-wide continuous improvement? How might we change existing mental models that do not support a culture of continuous improvement? Read more

A3 Strategy

Pascal Dennis takes a step-by-step instructional approach to the strategy deployment process: agreeing on True North, working within the PDCA cycle, getting consensus through catchball, the deployment leader concept and A3 thinking.Read more
Daniel Matthews’ book is designed to teach A3 Problem Solving to workers at every level of an organisation. Matthews spent 14 years with the Toyota Company which created and made use of the A3 as a core component of continuous quality improvement. Read more
Authors Sobek and Smalley show that the process leading to the development and management of A3 reports is at least as important as the reports themselves, because of the learning and professional development that occurs in the process.Read more


Jeffrey Liker and David Meier coauthors walk you through the rigorous methodology used by Toyota to grow high-performing individuals from within. They show the critical importance of creating a learning and teaching culture in your organisation and include specific examples.Read more
Jeffrey Liker, author of the popular Toyota Way books, is the acknowledged expert on Toyota processes. Coauthor Gary Convis is a former VP at Toyota. Their book contains case studies from Toyota that illustrate the methods that create powerful, effective Lean leadership.Read more

Lean Office

Don Tapping and his coauthors reveal the secrets on how Lean can be used to improve all types of administrative processes. The book includes detailed steps for improving office productivity. Read more
James Womack and Daniel Jones summarise the five inherent principles in any lean system and describe how managers in a wide range of companies and industries – small, medium and large – transformed their business by applying these principles. Read more

Six Sigma

Michael L George and his coauthors blend Lean and Six Sigma tools and concepts, and provide advice on how to determine which tool is best for different purposes. This book is packed with detailed examples and step-by-step instructions.Read more
Quentin Brook’s guide includes over 125 Lean Six Sigma tools and techniques; logical routemaps through the Six Sigma DMAIC flow; interactive examples with free data files and templates, and much more.Read more

Lean Tools

John Bicheno and Matthias Holweg’s book is written for practitioners and students, and has sections on the Philosophy of Lean, Value and Waste, Transformation Frameworks, Deployment, Preparing for Flow, Mapping, Layout and Cell Design, Scheduling, TOC, Quality, Improvement, Managing Change, Sustainability, New Product Development, The Lean Supply Chain, and Accounting and Measurement.Read more

Sustainable Lean

Robert Palevich discusses the business benefits of combining “lean” and “green,” and provides start-to-finish guidance for redesigning company infrastructure and technologies to achieve these benefits. He introduces the essential concepts of lean green supply chain management including a comprehensive case study showing how to manage change, innovation, talent, execution, inventory, warehousing, and transportation. Read more