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Lean Library

Whether you are experienced in lean projects or are just starting out, we have a large range of books and information packs available for loan that can help you on your way.

From 5S to six-sigma, there is something for everyone. Please browse our library below, or get in touch if you would like some recommendations.

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Six Sigma – BAE Systems
A set of books designed as an introduction to the Six Sigma methodology and explains the tools behind the processes. The books are broken down into five main areas: Cultures, Practices, Disciplines, Quality and Tools.

The New Lean Toolbox – Bicheno
The book 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.

The Quality 60 - John Bicheno

The Quality 50 – Bicheno
A guide to Lean, this book contains information on: 8 Gurus, 7 Tools, 7 Wastes, 6 New Tools, 20 Techniques and 2 Systems.

The Quality 60 – Bicheno
An accompaniment to ‘The Quality 50’, this book contains information on key areas of Lean, with a particular focus on techniques.

Lean Games Book – Bicheno
This collection covers a wide field including waste reduction, 5S, scheduling, layout, TPM, design, quality, and changeover, as well as an appreciation of the effects of variation and utilization. Some specific and perhaps lesser-known concepts such as Drum Buffer Rope, CONWIP and Bucket Brigade line balancing are also included. All the games presented here have been thoroughly tested and played in plant, academic, and workshop settings.

Business Process Management – Burlton
Encompassing eight phases, the Framework migrates organizational and process transformation through strategy, design, realization, and actual operations. For each phase, this book provides detailed descriptions of the steps, their inputs, outputs, guides, and enablers, as well as the tricks, traps, and best practices learned by experienced practitioners. It also covers the related disciplines of managing programs, risk, quality, projects, and human change, and how process management is the key to ensure a fit among all these areas.

The Goal – Goldratt & Cox
Written in a fast-paced thriller style, The Goal is the gripping novel which is transforming management thinking throughout the Western world. Alex Rogo is a harried plant manager working ever more desperately to try and improve performance. His factory is rapidly heading for disaster. So is his marriage. He has ninety days to save his plant - or it will be closed by corporate HQ, with hundreds of job losses. It takes a chance meeting with a colleague from student days - Jonah - to help him break out of conventional ways of thinking to see what needs to be done. The story of Alex's fight to save his plant is more than compulsive reading. It contains a serious message for all managers in industry and explains the ideas which underline the Theory of Constraints (TOC) developed by Eli Goldratt.

Staying Lean - Hines et al

Staying Lean: Thriving not Surviving – Hines et al.
The book draws on the story of a multi-national company that has successfully implemented Lean in its manufacturing and commercial areas to help turnaround the organisations financial performance. The story is based around the Lean Iceberg Model of sustainable change and addresses the often invisible, and hard to copy, enabling elements of successful Lean Management in manufacturing organisations: Strategy and Alignment, Leadership, Behaviour and Engagement as well as the more visible features: Process Management and the application of Lean Technology, Value Stream Tools and Techniques. Staying Lean is designed to be used as a practical workbook to guide practitioners along their own Lean journey so that Lean becomes embedded in the organisation and sustains the performance improvements over the long-term; often enabling them to outperform low-cost economies and thus compete in a global marketplace.

Lean Profit Potential – Hines, Silvi & Bartolini
A publication developed during the first 3DayCar Programme, an event designed to extend Lean Thinking ideas into the automotive sector. It contains some helpful chapters on topics such as ‘Understanding Value and Waste’, ‘Customer Value’, and a Jargonbuster.

Lean Lexicon – Lean Enterprise Institute
The Lexicon provides definitions, examples, and lots of illustrations to clarify the special language lean thinkers use and sometimes confuse. The Lexicon devotes several pages and illustrations to terms such as cycle time, takt time, and value-creating time. Other major entries include: Demand Amplification; Efficiency; Fixed-Position Stop System; Heijunka; Information Flow; Inventory Turns; Jidoka; Kanban; Material Handling; Muda, Mura, Muri; Policy Deployment; Pull Production; Standardized Work; Toyota Production System.

The Six Sigma Way Team Fieldbook – Pande, Neuman & Cavanagh
The Six Sigma Team Fieldbook covers dozens of essential tools and basic statistical techniques needed to execute Six Sigma projects in a work environment. This book also contains useful data gathering forms, checklists and worksheets.

Lean Toolbox – Quest Worldwide
A quick reference pocket guide to over 30 tools, checklists. It is a valuable resource for anyone involved in lean operations.

Beat the Bumpf – Redway
Piles of paperwork, reading matter and computer data are the bane of everyone's life: in a week you come across more information than someone in the nineteenth century received in a whole year. Kathryn Redway shows you how to maximise your memory, regain control of the invasive electronic culture, read rapidly and retain salient information, prioritise information you receive and filter out what you do not need. This edition uses case studies and some of the most advanced - but easy to use - information management techniques available to help busy managers, offices and individuals avoid becoming snowed under by paperwork, master their time and absorb and convey key information. It will help you make meetings more effective, suggest tips to stick to the agenda and finish on time, keep the number of incoming and outgoing emails manageable as well as de-clutter your filing systems.

Make It Happen - Kathryn M Redway

Make it Happen! – Redway
Is your organisation resistant to change? Are you stuck in the process of developing something new? Aimed at entrepreneurs, managers and employees, Make it Happen! gives you the tools to create new ideas and to successfully manage and implement innovation. Using case studies, exercises and questionnaires, this practical resource kit takes you through the three stages of the implementation process. Whether you want to improve your company's internal workings, increase your productivity, or respond better to your customers' needs, this accessible and easy-to-follow book is for you. You will learn how to: Brainstorm and innovate new ideas; Develop your ideas and make them viable; Market your innovation successfully; Develop strategies for implementation; Identify and work to overcome problems; Facilitate organisational change; Manage the change that innovation brings.

Lean Evolutions – Rich, Bateman, Esain, Massey & Samuel
This book shows how lean thinking can be applied in practice, highlighting the key challenges and pitfalls. The authors begin with an overview of the theory of lean thinking. They then explain the core tools and techniques and show how they can be applied successfully. The detailed implementation of lean thinking is illustrated by several case studies, from a range of industries, in which the authors had unprecedented access to the management teams. With its focus on implementation and practical solutions, this book will appeal to managers at all levels, as well as to business students and researchers in lean thinking.

Lean for Dummies – Sayer & Williams
In plain–English writing, this friendly guide explores the general overview of Lean, how flow and the value stream works, and the best ways to apply Lean to your enterprise. You will understand the philosophy of Lean and adopt it not as a routine, but a way of life. It contains chapters on topics such as ‘The philosophy of Kaizen’, ‘Tools to improve management, customer service, flow and pull’, and ‘Avoiding common mistakes in implementation’.

Chasing the Rabbit - Steven J Spear

Chasing the Rabbit – Spear
Spear describes what sets high-velocity, market-leading organisations apart and explains how you can lead the pack.

The Deming Management Method – Walton
This book aims to show you how to improve your profits and productivity, following the principles of the Deming management method. Deming, a statistician and management consultant, proposes a thorough reformation of the way managers manage. Change, he believes, starts at the top with an informed, quality-conscious management. The book includes advice on how to achieve that level of management expertise in the author's analysis of Deming's 14 points for managers and his deadly diseases of management.

Lean Solutions – Womack & Jones
Lean production experts Womack and Jones show consumers and companies alike how they can align their goals to achieve greater value with less waste.

Lean Thinking – Womack & Jones
This book is aimed at any manager interested in sustaining growth within their industry. Womack and Jones demonstrate the effectiveness of their approach through their research in both the U.S. and Europe.

Lean Thinking provides a valuable new insight into methods of production management. And by applying the theories outlined in this book, managers across all sectors of the economy will be able to reduce waste and increase profitability.

Freedom from Command and Control - John Seddon

The Machine that Changed the World – Womack, Jones & Roos
This book offers an analysis of the entire lean business system, including product development, supplier management, sales, service, and production.

Freedom from Command and Control – Seddon
John Seddon provides an excellent analysis of the error of target-driven business management. The book provides practical advice and examples of how to eradicate this style of management. Packed with illustrations of the unintended consequences of command and control thinking, you will see how customer service is poor and carries high costs. Changing the way the work is designed and managed will result in lower costs and better service.

Facilitation Skills Workshop workbook
A handy reference guide from an external Facilitation Skills course, giving advice on how to facilitate group sessions in the workplace.