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

Streamline: One City Manager’s Breakthrough Journey to Government Efficiency with Lean and Six Sigma by Richard Paul Baron

Building High Performance Government Through Lean Six Sigma: A Leader’s Guide to Creating Speed, Agility, and Efficiency by Mark Price, Walter Mores, Hundley M. Elliotte

Lean Impact: How to Innovate for Radically Greater Social Good by Ann Mei Chang

Lean Ministry by Charles Duffert

Coaching Green Belts for Sustainable Success by Steve Pollock and Daro Mott

A Public-Sector Journey to Lean: Fighting Muda in Times of Muri by Kate McGovern

Walking with the Poor: Principles and Practices of Transformational Development by Bryant Myers

Lean Six Sigma for Good by Brion Hurley

Lean Six Sigma for Good: Lessons from the Gemba (Volume 1) by Brion Hurley et al

Learning to Improve: How America’s Schools Can Get Better at Getting Better by Anthony S. Bryk, Louis M. Gomez, Alicia Grunow, Paul G. LeMahieu

The Alternative: Most of What You Believe About Poverty Is Wrong by Mauricio L. Miller


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