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Recommended Reading - Essential Books for your IPM Library

Interested in exploring the thinking and philosophies that have contributed to the development of Integrated Process Management? Use the links below to order our favorite books from Click on the cover picture or title to read more about the selection, or click "Buy from" to add the book directly to your shopping cart.

Factory Physics
Wallace J. Hopp

This technical book is a scientific examination of what makes factories work. It includes a history and analysis of improvement strategies from the last 25 years. Used as a text book at some universities, this is a must-read for process improvement resources.
The Tipping Point
Malcolm Gladwell

Using a social systems context, this book is full of insights for leaders accountable for organizational change initiatives.
The Goal
Eliyahu M. Goldratt

A must-read that directly challenges traditional ways of thinking about throughput, cost, and inventory through the introduction of the principles of the Theory of Constraints.

Visual Systems
Gwendolyn Galsworth

An excellent integration of 5S and Visual Systems, this book is full of great examples of visual systems. It provides a clear and simple guiding methodology.

Apollo Root Cause Analysis
Dean L. Gano

A simple and straightforward method for root cause analysis of event-based problems. A great thinking skill for all levels in an organization!

Good to Great
Jim Collins

Leadership lessons from companies that have made the leap from good to great. Attention is given to the importance of well-designed performance measures in providing clear and consistent direction.

New Rational Manager
Charles Higgins Kepner

A classic! A primer on four proven thinking skills for managers. They are Situation Appraisal, Problem Analysis, Decision Analysis, and Potential Problem Analysis. The fundamentals never change.

Understanding Variation
Donald J. Wheeler

What being "data-driven" means and why and how to get there. This book builds a case for why statistical literacy is required for managers. It teaches how to get the most out of data.

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