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The Amazingly Awesome List of Lean Six Sigma Books - GoLeanSixSigma.com

What’s a good book to read if you want to succeed at process improvement? Is Lean Six Sigma all about manufacturing? Are there any about the service industry? Healthcare? Government?

What If I’m only interested in Lean? What if I need help with statistics? And how about soft skills? What’s a good book on change management? Are there any books that help you present improvement ideas to leadership? Do people have favorites?

These lists provide answers to those questions. We’ve included oldies but goodies along with some some brave new texts. Books in this field are being published daily so we’ll update these lists and links on a continual basis. We review at least one book each month on the Just-In-Time Café podcast and we publish condensed, informative, companion book reviews for your reference.

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Featured Book Review

This month’s featured book review is Otherwise Engaged: How Leaders Can Get a Firmer Grip on Employee Engagement and Other Key Intangibles by John Guaspari.

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Featured Books List

Behavior Change:

  • The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right – Atul Gawande (Buy on Amazon)

Change Management:

  • Switch: How to Change When Change Is Hard – Chip Heath and Dan Heath (Buy on Amazon)

Coaching:

Inquiry Skills:

Leadership:

  • Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action – Simon Sinek (Buy on Amazon)

Lean Overview:

  • The Machine That Changed the World: The Story of Lean Production – James Womack (Buy on Amazon)

Lean Techniques:

  • 2 Second Lean: How to Grow People and Build a Lean Culture – Paul Akers (Buy on Amazon)

Office Improvement:

  • The Kaizen Event Planner: Achieving Rapid Improvement in Office, Service and Technical Environments – Karen Martin and Mike Osterling (Buy on Amazon)

Office Value Stream:

  • Value Stream Management for the Lean Office – Don Tapping and Tom Shuker (Buy on Amazon)

Six Sigma How-To:

  • The Six Sigma Way Fieldbook: An Implementation Guide for Process Improvement Teams – Peter S. Pande, Robert P. Neuman and Roland R. Cavanaugh (Buy on Amazon)

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Change Management


Coaching & Leadership


Government


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Healthcare

  • Lean Hospitals: Improving Quality, Patient Safety, and Employee Engagement – Mark Graban (Buy on Amazon)
  • The Nun and the Bureaucrat: How They Found an Unlikely Cure for America’s Sick Hospitals – Louis M. Savary and Clare Crawford-Mason (Buy on Amazon)
  • On the Mend: Revolutionizing Healthcare to Save Lives and Transform the Industry – John Toussaint, MD and Roger A. Gerard, PhD With Emily Adams (Buy on Amazon)
  • Value Stream Management for Lean Healthcare – Don Tapping and Sue Kozlowski (Buy on Amazon)

Innovation

  • The Elegant Solution: Toyota’s Formula for Mastering Innovation – Mathew E. May (Buy on Amazon)
  • The Lean Product Playbook: How to Innovate with Minimum Viable Products and Rapid Customer Feedback – Dan Olsen (Buy on Amazon)

Lean Specific

  • 2 Second Lean: How to Grow People and Build a Lean Culture – Paul Akers (Buy on Amazon)
  • The Complete Lean Enterprise: Value Stream Mapping for Administrative and Office Processes – Beau Keyte and Drew Locher (Buy on Amazon)
  • Creating a Lean Culture – David Mann (Buy on Amazon)
  • The Elegant Solution: Toyota’s Formula for Mastering Innovation – Mathew E. May (Buy on Amazon)
  • The Joy of Lean: Transforming, Leading and Sustaining a Culture of Engaged Team Performance – Dodd Starbird (Read ReviewBuy on Amazon)
  • The Kaizen Event Planner: Achieving Rapid Improvement in Office, Service and Technical Environments – Karen Martin and Mike Osterling (Buy on Amazon)
  • Kamishibai Boards: A Visual Management Tool to Improve, 5S and Create Effective Habits – Giles Johnston (Buy on Amazon)
  • Lean Hospitals: Improving Quality, Patient Safety, and Employee Satisfaction – Mark Graban (Buy on Amazon)
  • The Lean Product Playbook: How to Innovate with Minimum Viable Products and Rapid Customer Feedback – Dan Olsen (Buy on Amazon)
  • Lean Solutions: How Companies and Customers Can Create Value and Wealth Together – James Womack and Daniel T. Jones (Buy on Amazon)
  • Lean Thinking: Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation – James Womack, Daniel T. Jones (Buy on Amazon)
  • Learning to See: Value Stream Mapping to Create Value and Eliminate Muda – Mike Rother and John Shook (Buy on Amazon)
  • The Machine That Changed the World: The Story of Lean Production – James Womack (Buy on Amazon)
  • Managing to Learn: Using the A3 Management Process to Solve Problems, Gain Agreement, Mentor and Lead – John Shook (Buy on Amazon)
  • Toyota Culture: The Heart and Soul of the Toyota Way – Jeffrey Liker (Buy on Amazon)
  • Toyota Kata: Managing People for Improvement, Adaptiveness and Superior Results – Mike Rother (Buy on Amazon)
  • The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership: Achieving and Sustaining Excellence Through Leadership Development  – Jeffrey K. Liker (Buy on Amazon)
  • Value Stream Management for Lean Healthcare – Don Tapping and Sue Kozlowski (Buy on Amazon)
  • Value Stream Management for the Lean Office – Don Tapping and Tom Shuker (Buy on Amazon)
  • Value Stream Mapping: How to Visualize Work and Align Leadership for Organizational Transformation – Karen Martin and Mike Osterling (Buy on Amazon)

Pocket Guides

  • The Lean Six Sigma Tools Memory Jogger: The Concise Reference Guide for LSS Success – Sarah Carleton (Buy on Amazon)
  • Lean Six Sigma Pocket Toolbook – Michael L. George, John Maxey, David Rowlands and Mark Price (Buy on Amazon)
  • The Memory Jogger 2: Tools for Continuous Improvement and Effective Planning – Michael Brassard and Diane Ritter (Buy on Amazon)
  • The TEAM Memory Jogger: A Pocket Guide for Team Members – Joiner Associates (Buy on Amazon)

Presentation

  • The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas With Pictures – Dan Roam (Buy on Amazon)
  • The Doodle Revolution: Unlock the Power to Think Differently – Sunni Brown (Buy on Amazon)
  • Present Yourself: Transforming Fear, Knowing Your Audience, Setting the Stage, Making Them Remember – Micheal J. Gelb (Buy on Amazon)
  • Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery – Garr Reynolds (Buy on Amazon)
  • Show and Tell: How Everybody Can Make Extraordinary Presentations – Dan Roam (Buy on Amazon)
  • Storytelling With Data: A Data Visualization Guide for Business Professionals by Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic (Buy on Amazon)
  • Talk Like TED: The 9 Public Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds – Carmine Gallo (Buy on Amazon)

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Specific Tools & Techniques

  • The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right – Atul Gawande (Buy on Amazon)
  • Kamishibai Boards: A Visual Management Tool to Improve, 5S and Create Effective Habits – Giles Johnston (Buy on Amazon)
  • Learning to See: Value Stream Mapping to Create Value and Eliminate Muda – Mike Rother and John Shook (Buy on Amazon)
  • Managing to Learn: Using the A3 Management Process to Solve Problems, Gain Agreement, Mentor and Lead – John Shook (Buy on Amazon)
  • The Six Sigma Way Fieldbook: An Implementation Guide for Process Improvement Teams – Peter S. Pande, Robert P. Neuman and Roland R. Cavanaugh (Buy on Amazon)
  • Step-by-Step QFD: Customer-Driven Product Design – John Terninko (Buy on Amazon)
  • Value Stream Mapping: How to Visualize Work and Align Leadership for Organizational Transformation – Karen Martin and Mike Osterling (Buy on Amazon)

Statistics

  • Cartoon Guide to Statistics – Larry Gonick and Woolcott Smith (Buy on Amazon)
  • Lean Six Sigma the StatStuff Way: A Practical Reference Guide for Lean Six Sigma – Matt Hansen (Buy on Amazon)
  • Statistical Methods for Quality Improvement – Hitoshi Kume (Buy on Amazon)
  • Statistical Process Control – Leonard A. Doty (Buy on Amazon)
  • Statistics: A Self-Teaching Guide – Donald Koosis (Buy on Amazon)

Thought Leadership

  • Beyond Reengineering: How the Process-Centered Organization Is Changing Our Work and Our Lives – Michael Hammer (Buy on Amazon)
  • Building the Fit Organization: Six Core Principles for Making Your Company Stronger, Faster, and More Competitive – Daniel Markovitz (Buy on Amazon)
  • Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies – Jim Collins and Jerry I. Porras (Buy on Amazon)
  • The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement – Eli Goldratt (Buy on Amazon)
  • Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t – Jim Collins (Buy on Amazon)
  • Lean Solutions: How Companies and Customers Can Create Value and Wealth Together – James Womack and Daniel T. Jones (Buy on Amazon)
  • The Machine That Changed the World: The Story of Lean Production – James Womack (Buy on Amazon)
  • Out of Crisis – W. Edwards Deming (Buy on Amazon)
  • Six Sigma for Financial Services: How Leading Companies Are Driving Results With Lean, Six Sigma, and Process Management – Rowland Hayler and Michael D. Nichols (Buy on Amazon)
  • The Six Sigma Revolution: How General Electric and Others Turned Process Into Profits – George Eckes (Buy on Amazon)
  • The Six Sigma Way: How GE, Motorola, and Other Top Companies Are Honing Their Performance – Peter S. Pande, Robert P. Neuman and Roland R. Cavanaugh (Buy on Amazon)

Transactional / Service

  • The Complete Lean Enterprise: Value Stream Mapping for Administrative and Office Processes – Beau Keyte and Drew Locher (Buy on Amazon)
  • The Kaizen Event Planner: Achieving Rapid Improvement in Office, Service and Technical Environments – Karen Martin and Mike Osterling (Buy on Amazon)
  • Lean Six Sigma for Service – Mike George (Buy on Amazon)
  • Value Stream Management for the Lean Office – Don Tapping and Tom Shuker (Buy on Amazon)

What are your favorites? Do you have your own lists? Tell us all about it (so we can read all about it and share them with the world)!

Tracy O'Rourke

Tracy is a Managing Partner & Executive Advisor at GoLeanSixSigma.com. She is also a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Instructor at University of California San Diego and teaches in San Diego State University’s Lean Enterprise Program. For almost 20 years, she has helped leading organizations like Washington State, Charles Schwab and GE build problem-solving muscles.

Elisabeth Swan

Elisabeth is a Managing Partner & Executive Advisor at GoLeanSixSigma.com. For over 25 years, she's helped leading organizations like Amazon, Charles Schwab and Starwood Hotels & Resorts build problem-solving muscles with Lean Six Sigma to achieve their goals.
  • Rob Wilkerson

    What a great list! Anyway we can get the list amended so that titles link to Amazon to make the discovery and purchase process more lean? 🙂

    • GoLeanSixSigma

      Thanks, Rob! We’ll get the list updated for you by the end of the week. 🙂

  • Thank you so much for including my book. You’ve linked to the original 1st edition from 2008. Last year, the revised 3rd edition was released (and the subtitle now used the phrase “Engagement” instead of “Satisfaction.” A link: http://amzn.to/2k7rfuz

    • Tracy ORourke

      Hi Mark,

      Thanks for requesting that we update your book to the 3rd edition on our book list at GoLeanSixSigma.com (https://goleansixsigma.com/amazingly-awesome-list-lean-six-sigma-books/).

      We’ve made the updates so our audience will get the latest version.

      If you like our book list, our entire team would be grateful if you shared the link to the list we featured your book on via Twitter, LinkedIn or your blog.

      GoLeanSixSigma.com is growing and we currently command 350,000 page views a month. We’d love to feature you (via an interview as a blog post) by asking you 5 to 7 questions about Lean in Healthcare/Hospitals. We’d be open to focusing on specific topics within Healthcare/Hospitals if you like. Would you be up for sharing your expertise with our global audience? If so, we can shoot over a list of questions and you can choose which to answer, or suggest your own.

      Regardless, happy to make your acquaintance. We look forward to your next book!