Lean is learnt by applying it within the work floor but it is also worth reading some literature about the origins, examples or lean techniques used in order to broaden our scope.
Find some which have been very useful for me:
- The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World’s Greatest Manufacturer. Author: Jeffrey Liker. The bible of TPS (Toyota Production system) where you will find Toyota’s philosophy and techniques to be the 1st automotive World Class Manufacturer.
- The Machine That Changed the World. Author: James Womack. The first book written considered where the origins of Lean come from.
- Taiichi Ohno’s Workplace Management. Author:
- Management Lessons from Taiichi Ohno: What Every Leader Can Learn from the Man who Invented the Toyota Production System. Author: Takehiko Harada.
- The Lean Strategy: Using Lean to Create Competitive Advantage, Unleash Innovation, and Deliver Sustainable Growth. Authors: Daniel Jones and Jacques Chaize.
- LEAN: THE BIBLE: 7 Manuscripts – Lean Startup, Lean Six Sigma, Lean Analytics, Lean Enterprise, Kanban, Scrum, Agile Project Management. Author: Harry Altman.
- Lean Thinking: Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation, Revised and Updated. Authors: James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones.
- The Lean Startup: How Constant Innovation Creates Radically Successful Businesses. Author: Eric Ries.
- Lean vs Agile vs Design Thinking. Authors: Jeff Gothelf and Victor M. González.
- Lean Office. Authors: Drew Locher and Emili Ametlla Benavent.
- The Lean Six Sigma Pocket Toolbook: A Quick Reference Guide to Nearly 100 Tools for Improving Quality and Speed. Authors: Michael L. George and John Maxey.
- The Lean Machine: How Harley-Davidson Drove Top-Line Growth and Profitability with Revolutionary Lean Product Development. Author: Dantar P. Oosterwal.
- Lean Analytics: Use Data to Build a Better Startup Faster. Authors: Alistair Croll and Benjamin Yoskovitz.
- The Lean Management Systems Handbook (Management Handbooks for Results). Authors: Rich Charron and H. James Harrington.
- Lean Six Sigma for Service: How to Use Lean Speed and Six Sigma Quality to Improve Services and Transactions. Author: Michael George.
Do not hesitate to add more books’ references which are worth reading as there are hundreds about this area of knowledge.