We are often asked in our Six Sigma Green Belt classes if we can suggest good Lean and Six Sigma Green Belt Resources to help Green Belt students and practitioners.

Below we will give you our reference list. *We will update this list as we discover new references.

Lean and Six Sigma Green Belt Methodologies


  • The Six Sigma Handbook, Third Edition by Thomas Pyzdek and Paul Keller
    • The Six Sigma Handbook, Third Edition shows you, step by step, how to integrate this profitable approach into your company’s culture.
    • Updated and expanded problem-solving examples using Excel and Minitab
    • A streamlined format that puts proven practices at your fingertips
    • Dramatically improve products and processes using DMAIC and DMADV
    • Use Design for Six Sigma to create innovative products and processes Incorporate lean, problem-solving, and statistical techniques within the Six Sigma methodology
    • Avoid common pitfalls during implementation
    • Six Sigma Demystified, Second Edition by Paul Keller
      • This easy-to-understand reference teaches the methods of Six Sigma, explains their applications, and tests expertise–without confusing statistics and formulas.
    • Lean Six Sigma Demystified, Second Edition by Jay Arthur (Dec 9, 2010)
      • Written in a step-by-step format, this practical guide covers the fundamental methods and tools of Lean Six Sigma. You’ll get details on reducing defects and deviation, sustaining improvements, and achieving laser-focused process innovations. Measurement systems analysis (MSA), Design for Lean Six Sigma, and statistical tools such as analysis of variance (ANOVA) are also discussed. Clear examples, helpful diagrams, and concise explanations make it easy to understand the material, and end-of-chapter quizzes and a final exam reinforce key concepts.
    • The Lean Six Sigma Pocket Toolbook: A Quick Reference Guide to 100 Tools for Improving Quality and Speed” by Michael L. George, John Maxey, David Rowlands and Mark Price
      • Features brief summaries and examples of the 70 most important tools in Lean Six Sigma, such as “Pull,” “Heijunka,” and “Statistical Process Control Charts”
      • Groups tools by purpose and usage
      • Offers a quick, easy reference on using the DMAIC improvement cycle
    • Websites (I would suggest subscribing to each of the site’s Newsletters below)
      • sixsigmadsi.com
        • This is our (Six Sigma Development Solutions) website and it is full of articles about our experience with the tools and methodologies of Lean, Six Sigma and Theory of Constraints
        • Newsletter: https://bit.ly/RcxevD
      • isixsigma.com
      • pexnetwork.com (Process Excellence Network)

Theory of Constraints Methodology


      • The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eliyahu M. Goldratt, Jeff Cox and David Whitford
        • Written in a fast-paced thriller style, The Goal, a gripping novel, is transforming management thinking throughout the world. Alex Rogo is a harried plant manager working ever more desperately to try improve performance. His factory is rapidly heading for disaster. So is his marriage. He has ninety days to save his plant – or it will be closed by corporate HQ, with hundreds of job losses. It takes a chance meeting with a professor from student days – Jonah – to help him break out of conventional ways of thinking to see what needs to be done. The story of Alex’s fight to save his plant is more than compulsive reading. It contains a serious message for all managers in industry and explains the ideas, which underline the Theory of Constraints (TOC), developed by Eli Goldratt.
      • Velocity: Combining Lean, Six Sigma and the Theory of Constraints to Achieve Breakthrough Performance – A Business… by Dee Jacob, Suzan Bergland and Jeff Cox
        • Writer Jeff Cox returns with the vivid, realistic style that made The Goal so readable yet so edifying. Thrust into the presidency of the subsidiary company where she has managed sales and marketing, Amy Cieolara is mandated by her corporate superiors to implement Lean Six Sigma (LSS) in order to appease a key customer. Assigned to help her is LSS Master Black Belt Wayne Reese, installed as her operations manager. But as time goes on and corporate pressure mounts, Amy finds she has to start thinking for herself — and learning from everyone around her — and she arrives at the series of steps that form the core of the VELOCITY APPROACH.

Minitab Help


      • MINITAB Handbook: Updated for Release 14 by Barbara F. Ryan, Brian L. Joiner and Jonathan D. Cryer
        • Written by developers Barbara Ryan and Brian Joiner, and professor of statistics Jon Cryer, this text illustrates by example and step-by-step instruction how to use MINITAB 14 to explore and analyze data. The book introduces readers to MINITAB software while understanding that they may also be learning statistics at the same time. The authors illustrate how statistical concepts apply to data analysis through examples.
      • MINITAB Handbook: Update for Release 16 by Barbara F. Ryan, Brian L. Joiner and Jonathan D. Cryer
        • This book illustrates by example and step-by-step instruction how to use MINITAB 16 to explore and analyze data and uses examples to illustrates how statistical concepts apply to data analysis.


        • minitab.com
          • Tutorials: https://www.minitab.com/en-us/support/tutorials/

What Books, Websites or other References would you suggest to Lean and Six Sigma Green Belts?