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The Auburn Lean Team has developed a recommended readings list for continuous improvement professionals that want to gain a good introductory understanding on why and how the lean production philosophy can and should be applied to the industry. Books are grouped by the 3 elements of a successful Lean Transformation - Purpose - Process - People

Purpose

Getting the Right Things Done – Pascal Dennis - PDCA at the strategic level to get a direction and

good discussion on the PDCA cycle at all levels- Medium Read

Toyota Kata – Mike Rother -  Presents the Coaching & Improvement routines with alignment

to company’s Vision, Challenge and Target Conditions - Advanced Read

Process

2 Second Lean – Paul Akers - Little improvement everyday by all people – Easy Read

Lean Production Simplified Pascal Dennis - Nice basic primer to cover the tools of Lean – Easy Read

Creating a Lean Culture: Tools to Sustain Lean Conversions, David Mann – Describes the elements of a Lean

Management System, Visuals, Leader Standardized Work, Accountability Boards, Suggestion Systems

– Medium Read

Toyota Way Fieldbook – David Meier – Good explanation of the tools with links to overall purpose of

the organization – Medium Read

Putting 5S to Work - Hiroyuki Hirano - Very practical approach & explanation of 5S – Easy Read

People

Engagement Is Not Enough – Keith Ayers - Fits the culture piece well of the importance of continuous

learning, the need for meaningful work, understanding of the direction &  DiSC personality profile - Easy Read

Good to Great-Jim Collins -  Importance of Culture & Leadership- not strictly for lean – Medium Read

Toyota Culture- Mike Hoseus - Reasoning behind the “respect for people” principle – Advanced Read

Managing to Learn - John Shook -  A3 thinking and coaching written in a unique style with Coach & Learner

– Advanced Read

ATAC Lean Reading List pdf

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