Lean Six Sigma for Good

Using your improvement skills for social good. Humanitarian engineering, social services engineering, skills based volunteering, sustainable engineering



Lean Six Sigma and the Environment – Free online course to reduce environmental impacts

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)

Past presentations and videos from State of Washington Lean conferences


Getting Home (order from Amazon or from LEI website) by Liz McCartney and Zack Rosenburg

Power to the Public: The Promise of Public Interest Technology by [Tara Dawson McGuinness, Hana Schank]Power to the Public: The Promise of Public Interest Technology by Tara Dawson McGuinness and Hana Schank – a powerful blueprint for how government and nonprofits can help solve society’s most serious problems using Agile and lean startup initiatives
Systems Thinking: From Heresy to Practice: Public and Private Sector Studies by Keivan Zokaei, John Seddon, et al
Lean Government Now! by Harry W. Kenworthy
Peak Performance: How Denver’s Peak Academy is Saving Money, Boosting Morale and Just Maybe Changing the World by Brian Elms
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
**Read our book review**
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.

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

The Lean Data Field Guide – A guide to shift mindsets away from reporting and compliance and toward creating value for a company and its customers, and the use of methods and technologies for data collection that emphasize efficiency and rapid response while still achieving a sufficient degree of rigor. Developed by Acumen in November 2015.

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