I was fortunate enough to receive training from Gemba Research which was excellent and I highly recommend them, as I have stated before. But I would be doing the nice people over at Lean Enterprise Institute an injustice if I didn’t give them lots of credit for helping me along my “Lean walk.”
While I have not attended any of their formal training classes (aside from some webinars) I have read about every book they have released (see recommended reading list to the left). These books have been extremely valuable resources which helped accelerate my learning. Of course there is no better learning than actually applying the tools you read about on the Gemba so do not think reading about Lean will make you an expert. You have to use the tools, make mistakes, learn from them, and keep on going! For the record, I am FAR from a Lean or Six Sigma expert. But I do attempt to sharpen my skills everyday!
One of the books I highly recommend anyone new to the world of Lean pick up is LEI’s Lean Lexicon. It is basically a Lean glossary covering just about all the Lean jargon and Japanese names of things you will ever encounter. Here is a link if you want to get more information about it or pick it up.
Until next time, I wish you all the best on your journey towards continuous improvement.