Recommended Reading

See what our Lean Six Sigma consultants and manufacturing experts recommend.

Books We Recommend on Lean Manufacturing and Facility Design

A course of continuous personal study is fundamental to the advancement of a professional’s developmental journey: to not only understand, but to engrain a world-class operational outlook in the performance of their career. The Lean six sigma consultants and experts at Campbell Corporation have assembled a list of our favorite selections from our own personal libraries to share with our clients and interested professionals. This list is a cross sampling of literature covering the numerous facets of continuous operational and process improvement selected for readers with varying Lean expertise — from those new to the Lean discipline to experienced Lean practitioners keeping up with new concepts and trends.

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The Six Sigma Yellow Belt Handbook

2009, James Harrington, Frank Voehl

The Six Sigma Yellow Belt Handbook is a comprehensive, practical guide to becoming a Six Sigma Yellow Belt. Novice and experienced Yellow Belts, as well as individuals responsible for an organization’s Six Sigma process, will find this handbook an invaluable addition to any Six Sigma library. The Six Sigma Yellow Belt Handbook is a wealth of information to learn new ways of using statistical improvement to improve an organization. Topics include learning what a Yellow Belt is, what skills are required, and how to contribute to an organization’s Six Sigma effort; Basic Yellow Belt Skills including comprehensive descriptions and applications of commonly used Six Sigma skills; how to use basic statistical tools to breath new life into an organizations Six Sigma program; an explanation of the DMAIC processes of define-measure-analyze-improve-control.

Lean Change Management

2014, Jason Little

Change resistance is a natural reaction when you don’t involve the people affected by the change in the design of the change. Lean Change Management will help you implement successful change and bypass change resistance by co-creating change. The book will do that through examples of how innovative practices can dramatically improve the success of change programs. These practices combine ideas from Agile, Lean Startup, change management, organizational development, and phycology communities. Lean Change Management will change how you think about change!

Lean Thinking: Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation

2003, James Womack, Daniel Jones

Starting with a summarization of the five inherent principles of lean systems, the authors detail business transformations in small, medium, and large companies residing in North America, Europe, and Japan. Case studies include Pratt & Whitney, Wiremold, and Lantech in North America, Porche in Germany, and Showa Manufacturing in Japan.

Leveraging these and other examples, the authors conclude with the required steps and sequence to successfully implement lean into any business in any industry.

Creating a Lean Culture: Tools to Sustain Lean Conversions

2010, David Mann

The new and revised edition of this modern day classic provides the critical piece that will make any lean transformation a dynamic continuous success. It shows you how to implement a transformation that cannot fail by developing a culture that will have all your stakeholders involved in the process and invested in the outcome. It will teach you how to build success from the top down and the bottom up at the same time. If you are a leader at any level in an organization undergoing or considering a lean transformation, this is where you should start and finish … and start again.

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