Reading Materials

Lean manufacturing is the production of goods using less of everything compared to mass production: less human effort, less manufacturing space, less investment in tools, and less time to deliver your product. It is also rich in history with the individuals who over the last century have been influential in the development of the five lean principles. If you would like to learn more about lean manufacturing, The LeanMan recommends several books on the subject.


Reading Materials


  • Lean Thinking
    Author: Daniel Jones, James Womack
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Publication Date: 9/9/1996
    Buy it: Lean Thinking

  • New Manufacturing Challenge : Techniques for Continuous Improvement
    Author: Kiyoshi Suzaki
    Publisher: The Free Press, a division of Simon & Schuster
    Publication Date: 1987
    Buy it: New Manufacturing Challenge

  • The Toyota Way
    Author: Jeffrey K. Liker
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill
    Publication Date: 2004
    Buy it: The Toyota Way

  • Groups Theory and Experience, 5th ed.
    Author: Napier, Rodney W., Gershenfeld, Matti K.
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
    Publication Date: 1993.
    But it: Groups: Theory and Experience

  • The Principles of Scientific Management
    Author: Frederick Winslow Taylor
    Publisher: New York: Harper & Brothers
    Publication Date: 1911
    Buy it: The Principles of Scientific Management

  • Learning to See: Value-Stream Mapping and Elimination of Muda
    Author: Mike Rother, John Shook
    Publisher: The Lean Enterprise Institute
    Publish Date: June 2003, Version 1.3
    Buy it: Learning to See