External Resources

The following resources have expanded SMI’s thoughts and approach to solving business problems. If you are interested in learning more, SMI recommends these books and websites.


Abraham, Stanley Charles, 2012, Strategic Planning: A Practical Guide for Competitive Success, Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Feiman, Daniel, 2011, The Book on Business from A to Z: The 260 Most Important Answers You Need to Know, Build It Backwards Publishing.

Rother, Mike and Shook, John, 1999, Learning to See: Value Stream Mapping to Add Value and Eliminate MUDA, Lean Enterprise Institute, Inc.

Womack, James P. and Jones, Daniel T., 2003, Lean Thinking: Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation, Free Press.

Web resources:

Lean Enterprise Institute Store – Learn about lean, purchase value stream mapping tools, learn leadership and other information pertaining to the Lean enterprise.

Association for Operations Management Store – Learn about operations management, get certified, learn resources planning and other information about increasing productivity in the workplace.