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Lean

Environmental Professional’s Guide to Lean and Six Sigma: Appendix A

Lean and Six Sigma Resources

Books on Lean Thinking and Principles

  • Flinchbaugh, Jamie and Andy Carlino. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Lean: Lessons from the Road. Dearborn, MI: Society for Manufacturing Engineers, 2006.
  • Liker, Jeffrey K. (ed.) Becoming Lean: Inside Stories of U.S. Manufacturers. Portland, OR: Productivity Press, 1998.
  • Liker, Jeffrey K. The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World’s Greatest Manufacturer. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2004.
  • Pascal, Dennis. Lean Production Simplified: A Plain Language Guide to the World’s Most Powerful Production System. New York: Productivity Press, 2002.
  • Womack, James P., Daniel T. Jones, and Daniel Roos. The Machine That Changed the World. New York: Rawson Associates, 1990.
  • Womack, James P. and Daniel T. Jones. Lean Solutions: How Companies and Customers Can Create Value and Wealth Together. New York: Free Press, 2005.
  • Womack, James P. and Daniel T. Jones. Lean Thinking: Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996.

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Books on Six Sigma

  • Breyfogle, Forrest W. III. Implementing Six Sigma: Smarter Solutions Using Statistical Methods. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1999.
  • King and Michalski. Six Sigma Tool Navigator. New York: Productivity Press, 2003.

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Books and Articles on Methods Used in Lean and Six Sigma

5S and Visual Controls

  • Greif, Michel. The Visual Factory: Building Participation Through Shared Information. Portland, OR: Productivity Press, 1995.
  • Hirano, Hiroyuki. 5 Pillars of the Visual Workplace: The Sourcebook for 5S Implementation. New York: Productivity Press, 1995.
  • Peterson, Jim, Roland Smith, Ph.D. The 5S Pocket Guide. Portland, OR: Productivity Press, 1998.
  • Productivity Press Development Team. 5S for Operators: 5 Pillars of the Visual Workplace. Portland, OR: Productivity Press, 1996.
  • Productivity Press Development Team. 5S for Safety Implementation Toolkit: Creating Safe Conditions Using the 5S System. Portland, OR: Productivity Press, 2000.
  • Productivity Press Development Team. 5S for Safety: New Eyes for the Shop Floor. Portland, OR: Productivity Press, 1999.
  • Shimbun, Nikkan Kogyo, ed. Visual Control Systems. Portland, OR: Productivity Press, 1995.

Cellular Manufacturing and One-Piece Flow

  • Hyer, Nancy and Urban Wemmerlöv. Reorganizing the Factory: Competing Through Cellular Manufacturing. Portland, OR: Productivity Press, 2001.
  • Kobayashi, Iwao. 20 Keys to Workplace Improvement. Portland, OR: Productivity Press, 1995.
  • Productivity Press Development Team. Cellular Manufacturing: One-Piece Flow for Workteams. Portland, OR: Productivity Press, 1999.
  • Sekine, Ken’ichi. One Piece Flow: Cell Design for Transforming the Manufacturing Process. Portland, OR: Productivity Press, 1992.

Just-in-Time Delivery

  • Productivity Press Development Team. Just-in-Time for Operators. Portland, OR: Productivity Press, 1998. 
  • Productivity Press Development Team. Kanban for the Shopfloor. Portland, OR: Productivity Press, 2002.

Kaizen Events

  • Productivity Press Development Team. Identifying Waste on the Shopfloor. Portland, OR: Productivity Press, 2003.
  • Productivity Press Development Team. Kaizen for the Shopfloor. Portland, OR: Productivity Press, 2002.

Lean Design Methods

  • Mascitelli, Ronald. The Lean Design Guide Book. Northridge, CA: Technology Perspectives, 2004.
  • Vaughn, Amanda, Fernandes Pradeep, and J. Tom Shields. “An Introduction to the Manufacturing System Design Framework – Draft.” A product of the Manufacturing Systems Team of the Lean Aerospace Initiative.

Standard Work and Mistake Proofing

  • Pojasek, Robert B. “Poka-Yoke and Zero Waste.” Environmental Quality Management (Winter, 1999) 91–97.
  • Pojasek, Robert B. “Zeroing In.” Environmental Quality Management (Summer 1999) 93–97.
  • Productivity Press Development Team. Standard Work for the Shopfloor. New York: Productivity Press, 2002.

Total Productive Maintenance

  • Campbell, John Dixon. Uptime: Strategies for Excellence in Maintenance Management. Portland, OR: Productivity Press, 1995.
  • The Japan Institute of Plant Maintenance, ed. TPM for Every Operator. Portland, OR: Productivity Press, 1996.

Value Stream Mapping

  • Rother, Mike and John Shook. Learning to See: Value Stream Mapping to Create Value and Eliminate Muda. Brookline, MA: Lean Enterprise Institute, Inc., 2003.
  • Tapping, Don, Tom Luyster, and Tom Shuker. Value Stream Management: Eight Steps to Planning, Mapping, and Sustaining Lean Improvements. New York: Productivity, Inc., 2002.

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