Volume 1 / Issue 16 / October 24, 2016
Top 10 holiday lean reads
Think of it this way... Here’s what your competitors are reading for 2017
Here are the top books for lean applications ranked by Canadian sales of OCAPT Business Books. They are national distributors for Productivity Press, Lean Enterprise Institute and many more. Perhaps squeeze in a bit of reading while the kids are playing Pokémon GO. At least one of these books will be a good investment for your quiet times.
10. Management on the mend
The Healthcare Executives guide to system transformation
(author John Toussaint MD, with Emily Adams)
There is a clear framework for success for healthcare transformation and senior leaders need to be far more intimately involved. Management on the Mend is the result of years of investigation by Dr. Toussaint of dozens of healthcare organizations around the world. Using their collective experiences, he has built a model for Lean transformations that work. This book describes the model, step by step, through people in 11 organizations doing the work.
9. Lead with respect
A Novel of Lean Practice
(authors Michael Ballé and Freddy Ballé)
New last year, this books details how to apply Lead With Respect attitudes to the Lean tools you are using now to develop a truly sustainable Lean culture. Its timely message brings a new understanding of Lean. Not only does it show how to apply attitudes to the Lean tools you are using, but it includes the steps to make Lean leadership behaviors into daily habits while managing with respect through the emotion, conflict, tension and self-doubt you’ll face during a Lean transformation. It gets LEI’s 5-star rating.
8. The lean manager
A Novel of Lean Transformation,
(authors Michael Ballé and Freddy Ballé)
This book describes, in conversational and simple practical terms, how to advance beyond just realizing isolated gains from deploying Lean tools. It shows how to achieve sustainable results through people and continues to inspire leaders at all levels to fundamentally change how they operate, think and learn. It is a novel about the most important of the triad of people, processes and technology — people.
7. On the mend
Revolutionizing Healthcare to save lives and transform the industry (authors John Toussaint and Roger Gerard)
The former CEO of ThedaCare John Toussaint and its Chief Learning Officer Roger Gerard candidly describe the triumphs and stumbles of a seven-year journey to Lean health, an effort that has slashed medical errors, improved patient outcomes, raised staff morale and saved $27 million in costs without layoffs. And that was only their first attempt to implement Lean after many discussions with Lean manufacturing leader George Koenigsaecker.
6. Beyond heroes
A Lean Management System for Healthcare
(author Kim Barnas)
Written by healthcare management leader Kim Barnas, this is the story of an organization that extended the culture of excellence from solitary individuals to an entire healthcare system. Like a growing number of healthcare organizations around the world, ThedaCare used Lean thinking to improve the quality of care, reduce waste, and become more reliable. The core work of this transformation involved changing the culture, including how individuals at all levels responded to problems, thought about patients, and interacted with one another.
5. Getting the right things done
A leader’s guide to planning and execution
(author Pascal Dennis)
Consortium members have found this book by Canadian Pascal Dennis of high value in terms of helping grasp the big picture. It uses A3 thinking extensively to demonstrate how strategy deployment can help leaders harness the full power of Lean. It provides readers with a framework for understanding the key components of Hoshin Kanri (strategy deployment) using A3 thinking throughout.
4. Everything I know about lean I learned in first grade
(author Robert Martichenko)
This book is an opportunity to help family, friends and co-workers understand your Lean passion. It is a simple, fun and quick introduction to Lean. It’s a book you can give to many (including CEOs) who are on the periphery of applying Lean but have little or no exposure. It’s also ideal to share with your family to help them know what you do — and to put Lean to work for their own benefit. Complete work forces have been given this book. Even engineers have called it eye-opening when it comes to clarifying the concepts of Lean.
3. Learning to see
Value Stream Mapping to Add Value and Eliminate Muda
(authors Mike Rother and John Shook)
This is the book that started Value Stream Mapping (VSM) and it continues to be the reference practitioners reach for when implementing VSM. It was the first in a series from the Lean Enterprise Institute that includes Creating Continuous Flow, Making Materials Flow, Creating Level Pull and Seeing the Whole Value Stream. It ignited a fire for VSM, which remains a great place to start the Lean journey. As more recognize the power of understanding the Horizontal Value Stream Flow — and what it can mean competitively — this book is a must to get started.
2. The new lean office pocket guide
Tools for the Elimination of Waste in Paper-Based and Electronic Workflow Environments!
(author Donald M. Tapping)
This replaces the Lean Pocket Guide and supports training to ensure work areas are systematically kept clean and organized, ensuring employee safety and providing the foundation on which to build a Lean system. Includes illustrations of tools and concepts along with detailed descriptions of all Lean tools. Sections on Lean Office, Six Sigma, Lean in Action, Waste Audits and a glossary of Lean terms have been added.
1. Managing to learn
Using the A3 management process to solve problems, gain agreement, mentor and lead
(author John Shook)
This is a must-have practical publication that continues to stay near the top of the bestseller list. This unique book was written to provide you with your personal sensei to accelerate understanding. Shook is the first North American to lead a Toyota production line in Toyota City. He brought the Lean culture to NUMMI in Freemont, CA. This book reveals the thinking underlying the vital A3 management process at the heart of Lean management and Lean leadership, and is a must in every Lean library.