Useful Links

links to lean resources

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Lean Global Network

The website for all the lean institutes around the world. Check here to find the lean institute closest to you.

Lean Enterprise Academy

The British lean institute started by Dan Jones. Also a rich source of information and insight on lean management.

Lean Enterprise Institute

The American lean institute started by Jim Womack. It offers many resources such as blogs, newsletters, webinars and an online store.

Planet Lean

The official online magazine of Lean Global Network. Planet Lean brings you the best insights on lean from around the world.

Lean Post

The official online magazine of Lean Enterprise Institute. Lean Post shares how the world is making things better through lean.

Best Care… Always!

A campaign to spread best healthcare practice in Southern Africa.

Lean Blog

The blog by Mark Graban, the author of “Lean Hospitals”, a regular commentator on lean topics of interest.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement

IHI is one of the leading disseminators of knowledge and practice on lean in healthcare (aka quality improvement) in America and around the world.

Training Within Industry

The Training Within Industry Institute website is a resource for TWI training, certification, coaching, networking, and education for the growing community of practitioners and trainers.

Gemba Panta Rei

The website of the Kaizen Institute. Also has a list of even more useful links.

Gemba Academy

Lean resources, including podcasts to help you on your lean journey.

The Lean Edge

The site where leading lean thinkers air their views and respond to comments.

Lean for NGOs

A community and website devoted to the application of lean in non-governmental and not-for-profit organisations.

Lean Simulations

A collection of games and lean learning resources compiled by Martin Boersema.

Toyota Kata

The home page of Mike Rother, the author of the book “Toyota Kata”, which challenges lean practitioners to maintain their improvement disciplines.

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