Learn the Basics

Read a short introduction to lean approaches and tools.

The Lean CEO

P1582The Lean CEO reveals the true power of Lean through in-depth interviews with CEOs who have gone beyond tool adoption and established Lean as a corporate-wide management system.

ASQ TV: Lean and Six Sigma

ASQ TV logoIn this episode, see examples of the difference a Six Sigma-level of quality can make, take a look at before and after pictures of lean tools being applied, and hear from teams at Northrop Grumman and Alcoa explain how using lean and Six Sigma in their organization's culture has achieved positive results.

The Lean Management Systems Handbook

P1575-MPerformance management, the primary focus of a Lean organization, occurs through continuous improvement programs. The Lean Management Systems Handbook details the critical components required for sustainable Lean management.

Let It Flow

SSFMv14i2In February's Six Sigma Forum Magazine, Dennis R. Delisle and Kathleen Jaffe detail how Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia used lean strategies to improve perioperative patient flow.

A Wisconsin School District's Lean Route to Improving Student Literacy

KASD photo 2With student literacy scores becoming stagnant, Kimberly Area School District used lean tools to address one of the most complex issues facing teachers. Read the case study.

Everything Is 5S

QMJ v21 i4 coverIn the October 2014 issue of Quality Management Journal, Dennis R. Delisle and Valentina Freiberg offer a case study that demonstrates how the 5S framework is an effective and simple model for process design and improvement in a preadmission testing center.

Quality Management and Lean: A Symbiotic Relationship

QMJ cover v21 i3In the July 2014 issue of Quality Management Journal, Richard Schonberger offers his perspective on the evolution of lean operations and the role of quality management in a lean implementation.

Preview a sample chapter and the full table of contents.

Learning From Experience 

QP: 2nd month 2014 CoverIn February's QP, seven lean thinkers share insights on a host of topics, including what it takes to manage a successful implementation and where the lean movement is headed.

Easy Lean Training Exercises 

Lean Division - Easy Training - BingoIn a webinar for members of the Lean Enterprise Division, Tony Manos introduces several low-cost lean training exercises that are easy to run. Exercises covered include "The 5S Numbers Game," "Visual Workplace--Hide & Seek," "Lean Lingo Bingo!" and more. 

The Holistic Approach to Lean

HolisticLeanIn a webinar for the Service Quality Division, Mike Micklewright explores the fundamental principles of lean, the organizational culture required for success, and "must-know" secrets for adapting lean approaches across different industries.

Lean Acres, Chapters 1 and 2

H1408-MDownload chapters 1 and 2 of Lean Acres: A Tale of Strategic Innovation and Improvement in a Farm-iliar Setting. The excerpt includes a pretest, foreword, first chapter "The Narrator," and second chapter "Farm-iliar Territory," as well as the book's full table of contents and index. 

Also available: Lean Acres Webcast.

Lean Enterprise Division 

Visit the Lean Enterprise Division for more resources and networking opportunities related to lean, including more than 30 Webinars and articles in the Division's online library.


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Lean Certification (SME/AME/Shingo Prize/ASQ Partnership)

ASQ has joined the SME/AME/Shingo Prize Lean Certification Alliance and will be working closely with them to guide the strategic direction as well as the administration of the Lean Certification program.

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