Lean Startup Principles for Social Impact – Free online course from Sasha Dichter and Steve Blank

Free Lean Overview training from the State of Arizona (USA)


Lean Government Now! by Harry W. Kenworthy

Lean for the Nonprofit: What You Don’t Know Can Cost You by Paddy O’Brien

Lean Startups for Social Change: The Revolutionary Path to Big Impact by Michel Gelobter

We Don’t Make Widgets: Overcoming the Myths That Keep Government From Radically Improving by Ken Miller

Lean Ministry by Charles Duffert

Lean Six Sigma for Good by Brion Hurley


Lean4NGO – A free, open, online community that brings together NGO and Nonprofit leadership with the Lean (continuous improvement) community for knowledge sharing and collaboration.

Toyota Production System Support Center (TSSC) – Toyota employees who have shared their Lean (TPS) know-how with other manufacturers, non-profits and community organizations to help them find better ways of doing their day-to-day work.

Sherpa Sustainability Institute – Consulting company focused on educating and coaching individuals on the use of quality tools and principles toward the achievement of Sustainability and Social Responsibility within an organization.

Lean Government (EPA) – Resources, case studies, and references explaining how the EPA is looking for ways to improve performance

Spread Prosperity – US-based nonprofit that utilizes lean principles to transform humanitarian returns by providing purpose-driven insight, engagement, and investment.

Reference Guides

Improving State Agency Processes with Lean and Six Sigma – guide developed by the EPA to help agencies apply Lean Six Sigma to government