With the Christmas season upon us, there isn’t much time left if you haven’t sorted out your wish list. Thankfully The LMJ is here to help with some of those last minute stocking fillers, we have compiled a list of some of the best lean reads that for your stockings.

Number One

Book review – The Management Myth

This book looks at why management keeps making mistakes and now to get around them. Lean methodologies can’t all seamlessly fit in to an organisation and this looks at the role management play in making change happen.

Number Two

Book review – Against all odds

Want to know more about lean? The most logical place to start would be the beginning of modern lean thinking. Against all odds describes how Toyota came to be and the learning that shaped the now famous processes.

Number Three

Book review – Winning By Design

If you’re looking to offer, create and design a new product in the New Year then this book is must read. It is relevant for a range of people, not just lean practitioners but product design, management, engineers and anyone else involved in the product design process.

Number Four

Book review – Memoirs of the Second World War

Winston Churchill’s Memoirs of the Second World War might not be a lean book, but in terms of development and mindset. It lays out how to develop a vision and how to develop as a leader, which is key in any management role.

Number Five

Book Review – Lean Acres

This book is a learning text, but it is presented in a fictional setting and makes clear the processes necessary for continuous improvement to take root. A fantastic read on what an organisation is like and how to deal with them in order to move forward.

Number Six

Book Review – The Lean Turnaround

How to take initiatives and make them work through kaizen. The book talks about how holding kaizen events is a great way to gain engagement and to drive unearth more waste consistently.

Number Seven

Book Review – The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership

John Bicheno called this “essential” reading as the book breaks down some the achievements and methods that Toyota have used to get their organisation to where it is now. With details about how investment wasn’t always necessary to make things better and how a critical eye is hugely underrated in business.

Number Eight

Book Review – Thinking, Fast and Slow

Thinking is the key to lean. The way you think, what you think and how you think. The “how” is often neglected and doesn’t factor in plans, and this book looks to change that.

Number Nine

Book Review: Lean Six Sigma: Coach me if you can

Once you have become a black belt in six sigma, there is nothing left to learn right? Wrong. This book looks at how you can take that knowledge and successfully share it within your organisation to really make the most of your learning.

Number Ten

Book Review – The Service Systems Toolbox

Finally, you need to make sure that you have all the tools at your disposal to get the most out of your organisation. This book looks at focusing on creating value as opposed to cutting waste and is a must read for any lean practitioner.