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"The Toyota Way of Dantotsu Radical Quality Improvement" by Sadao Nomura

Foreword by John Shook and Toshiko Narusawa

In Japanese, "dantotsu" means "extreme," "radical," or "unparalleled."  Toyota veteran Sadao Nomura shares the story of the dramatic improvement he and his team achieved at Toyota Logistics & Forklift (TL&F).

A ground breaking book with powerful visuals and detailed account of an approach that is entirely replicable by any  manufacturer. If the best can get (extremely) better, so can we!

10% early bird discount! use code NOMURA at check out. 

Using the A3 management process

Managing to Learn reveals the thinking underlying the A3 management process found at the heart of lean management and leadership.

A unique book layout puts the thoughts of a lean manager struggling to apply the A3 process to a key project on one side of the page and the probing questions of the boss who is coaching him through the process on the other side. As a result, readers learn how to write a powerful A3—while learning why the technique is at the core of lean management and lean leadership.

Best Sellers
  1. Managing to Learn: Using the A3 management process by John Shook
  2. The Toyota Way of Dantotsu Radical Quality Improvement (Paperback) by Sadao Nomura
  3. Everything I Know About Lean I Learned in First Grade by Robert Martichenko
  4. Learning to See by Mike Rother and John Shook
  5. Getting the Right Things Done by Pascal Dennis
  6. Lead With Respect by Michael Ballé and Freddy Ballé
  7. The Gold Mine Trilogy Study Guide by Michael Ballé and Tom Ehrenfeld
  8. The Gold Mine Trilogy 4 Book Set by Michael Ballé and Freddy Ballé
  9. Creating Continuous Flow / Making Materials Flow Set by Rick Harris, Mike Rother, et al.
  10. Lean Lexicon 5th Edition by Lean Enterprise Institute, Inc.
by Mike Rother and John Shook

20th Anniversary Edition

This groundbreaking workbook, which has introduced the value-stream mapping tool to thousands of people around the world, breaks down the important concepts of value-stream mapping into an easily grasped format.

Value-stream maps are the blueprints for lean transformations and Learning to See is an easy-to-read, step-by-step instruction manual that teaches this valuable tool to anyone, regardless of his or her background.

by Mike Rother and Rick Harris

Creating Continuous Flow is the next logical step after Learning to See. The value-stream mapping process defined the pacemaker process and the overall flow of products and information in the plant.

The next step is to shift your focus from the plant to the process level by zeroing in on the pacemaker process, which sets the production rhythm for the plant or value stream, and apply the principles of continuous flow.

by Art Smalley

Creating Level Pull shows you how to advance a lean manufacturing transformation from a focus on isolated improvements to improving the entire plantwide production system by implementing a lean production control system.

This workbook walks you through the implementation process using a clear question-and-answer format, supported by diagrams, value-stream maps, and all the key formulas. Using a realistic example facility, you see how to make the transition to a robust pull system.

The Gold Mine

Watch the book club webinar exploring The Gold Mine with author Michael Ballé  that was held on May 19, 2021 here:  Lean Webinar Library  or  https://lnkd.in/eX54zDP


by Toshiko Narusawa and John Shook

Kaizen Express is a succinct but comprehensive back-to-basics book offers lean novices and veterans alike a comprehensive primer on lean principles and implementation that returns to fundamentals and stresses the importance of learning by doing at the individual and team levels.


by Art Smalley

In Four Types of Problemscontinuous improvement expert and author Art Smalley shows you how to break the “hammer-and-nail” trap.

He demonstrates that most business problems fall into four main categories, each requiring different thought processes, improvement methods, and management cadences.

by Jim Lancaster

Author and CEO Jim Lancaster tells a practical and inspiring story on two levels. The Work of Management is a close-up, candid look at his personal transformation as a leader. It’s also a practical, in-depth, business case study of Lantech’s lean transformation, relapse, and comeback that American manufacturing – and other industries — can use to profitably transform themselves.

A Shingo Institute Publication Award Winner

The Lean Sensei, winner of the Publication Award from the Shingo Institute, provides both a conceptual and hands-on toolkit for developing lean leaders—and becoming one yourself.

It will challenge you to reflect on how you coach; share mindful questions that improve your awareness of what to look for; and keep both you and your students focused on the signs, symptoms, and syndromes that can slow your lean success.

by John Toussaint, MD, and Kim Barnas

Two renowned healthcare transformation executives reveal how you can implement the principles and behaviors that leaders at all levels must embrace in order to create lasting change.

Now available as an audio book!

Getting Home is the inspiring story of how a nonprofit used lean principles to help rebuild homes for desperate survivors faster and wound up reconstructing the entire disaster recovery process.

The book also details an innovative, 9-step blueprint for how private industry, relief agencies, volunteers, and all levels of government can work together to dramatically shrink the time between when disasters hit and victims get home in a prompt, efficient, and predictable way.