Lean Books of Interest

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2 Second Lean

By Paul A. Akers

2 Second Lean will flip your world right-side up. It's a practical way to improve your life every day by making a simple 2 second improvement. Join author, business expert, radio show host, and international speaker, Paul A. Akers, as he takes you on a LEAN journey that will transform every aspect your life... from your home to the office.

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Better Building

By Klaus Lemke

The business of creating our built environment remains largely siloed and disconnected today. Owners, designers, construction managers, and trade contractors each defend their profit margins by shifting risk to others and focusing on their own piece of the puzzle. Lean thinking promises to change all this, yet has proven particularly difficult to implement in the building industry.

Better Building provides a practical model for putting lean thinking into action and improving the experience of project work. Based on years of experience shifting mindsets and behaviors, this model answers the most often asked questions and provides a roadmap for navigating the toughest parts of a lean transformation journey in the project-driven environment.

Whether exploring lean for the first time, or sharpening skills of leadership and continuous improvement, every individual, team or organization will benefit from these insights.

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Integrating Project Delivery

By Martin Fischer, Howard W. Ashcraft, Dean Reed and Atul Khanzode

Every project can benefit from integration; integration creates synergies that lead to higher performing buildings and happier building users, clients, and project teams. Integrating Project Delivery offers the first comprehensive look at the emergent integrated project delivery (IPD) system. It uses the Simple Framework to organize the essential steps for integration and combines the key structural, process, technology, and behavioral components necessary to drive the behavioral change required to achieve high performance projects.

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The Lean Builder: A Builder’s Guide to Applying Lean Tools in the Field

By Joe Donarumo and Keyan Zandy

Written especially for Last Planners, The Lean Builder: A Builder’s Guide to Applying Lean Tools in the Field offers a highly-relatable and field-friendly story that clearly articulates the benefits of seven primary Lean concepts, and provides a logical, simplified blueprint for their sequential implementation. Readers of The Lean Builder will understand why they should—and how they can—immediately apply these tools and processes to their own projects, and ultimately improve their teams and workflow via:

  1. Daily Huddles
  2. Visual Communication
  3. The “Eight Wastes”
  4. Managing Constraints
  5. Pull Planning
  6. The Last Planner System™
  7. Percent Plan Complete

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Lean Construction Leaders: A Trade Partner’s Guide

By George Trachilis and Perry Thompson

This book follows training that has been by trade partners and general contractors alike. Anyone wanting to learn about Lean in the construction industry should learn the topics shared within, such as Creating a Lean Culture, the Five Principles of Lean Thinking, the 5S System, The Last Planner System®, and the P⁴ Planning System developed by the authors. With access to a coach from the website LeanConstructionLeaders.com, you can connect to other students around the globe. You also get access to over 300 videos through QR codes, which represent interviews from 20 leaders in the industry. Finally, access to the online course and assignments make this amazing book your passport to Lean construction learning and development as a Lean leader.

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Lean Project Delivery: Building Championship Project Teams

By David Umstot and Dan Fauchier

This book was inspired by the need for an integrated resource for those in the design and construction industry wanting to better understand how Lean can improve project performance and outcomes. In eye-opening stories and brilliant color graphics, David and Dan share the value proposition and mechanics of Lean design and construction. The authors have broken the book into bite-size units on the origins of Lean, the compelling case for the need for Lean, a history of Lean as it has evolved in the AEC industry, Lean thinking and various Lean tools with specific applications and examples in design and construction, making learning Lean fun, and how to effectively establish an organizational and project culture that will enable and sustain Lean practices. In the spirit of Lean visual management, this book is purposefully designed with color illustrations. Whether you are a design professional, site superintendent, project manager, or C-suite executive, this book will help all understand how Lean can make your team perform at a championship level.

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Managing to Learn: Using the A3 Management Process

By John Shook

Managing to Learn by Toyota veteran John Shook, reveals the thinking underlying the vital A3 management process at the heart of lean management and lean leadership. Constructed as a dialogue between a manager and his boss, the book explains how A3 thinking helps managers and executives identify, frame, and then act on problems and challenges. Shook calls this approach, which is captured in the simple structure of an A3 report, the key to Toyota's entire system of developing talent and continually deepening its knowledge and capabilities. The A3 Report is a Toyota-pioneered practice of getting the problem, the analysis, the corrective actions, and the action plan down on a single sheet of large (A3) paper, often with the use of graphics. A3 paper is the international term for a large sheet of paper, roughly equivalent to the 11-by-17-inch U.S. sheet.

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The Pocket Sensei

By Hal Macomber and Calayde Davey

While Lean is all the buzz these days, Lean leadership is wanting. The pervasive focus on Lean tools distracts from the important work of developing Lean leaders at all levels of organizations. Success with Lean requires change. All organizational change requires leadership. Growing leaders of all types can be a long process. Growing Lean leaders takes a bit more work. While it’s easy to declare that an organization is adopting Lean as their operating strategy, in practice, the true practice is to challenge what we hold to be true and the beliefs we credit to our success. Lean leaders must replace their current automatic ways of engaging with people and work while helping others to do the same. The Pocket Sensei is the beginning of your journey

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The Pull Planning Playbook

By Rich Seiler

This book is a great hands-on application of a tried and true planning process that will significantly improve daily predictability. It is written for the people leading the day-to-day craft of the construction trade. We hope it will add value, please let us know.

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This is Lean: Resolving the Efficiency Paradox

By Niklas Modig & Pär Åhlström

This is Lean gives an easily accessible, structured, and inspiring account and description of Lean. Most important perhaps is the value and effect of the joint development of the whole organization, and the structured way of working from co-workers to executives. Here are enormous benefits to gain both for co-workers, for the company and organization, and not the least for the customer.

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