Lean Book/Article Recommendation
If you had to recommend LEAN books, what would you suggest for a Beginning, Moderate and Advanced Practitioner?? (1 for each)
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David Harry
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Here are my initial thoughts:
Beginning Practitioner
"What is Lean Six Sigma" by Mike George, Dave Rowlands & Bill Kastle (ISBN 978-0-07-142668-8)

Moderate Practitioner
"Lean Production Simplified" by Pascal Dennis (ISBN 978-1-56327-356-8)

Advanced Practitioner
"Creating a Lean Culture - Tools to Sustain Lean Conversations" by David Mann (ISBN 978-1-4822-4323-9)
The Lean Enterprise Division E-Zine is a great place to start, of course! 😎

Thanks Dave for the book recommendations! I'll have to look into those and add them onto my 2020 reading list.
My two favorite Lean  books are:
1-The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World's Greatest Manufacturer
2- High Velocity Edge By Steven Spear

Who am I? Jose Luis Ruiz G. LSSBB.

What do I do? I work for a LINCRECE consultancy, to Pharmaceutical sector, Food and Industrial transformation process and services, applying ISO 9001:2015, FDA and EMA guides in value chain of the organization. Coordinator in the Lean Enterprise manufacturing process and services in transformation processes. 

What is something I would like to learn?  More bench marking of best practices in the food and drug and cosmetic industries, especially validation, risk management practices and Statistical Process Control. 

What is something I am willing to share? I am willing to share audit checklists, experience in implementing improvement initiatives, lessons learned, basic and advanced training presentations and brainstorming.

My favorite LEAN book of the last few years was Art Smalley's Four Types of Problems (came out in 2018), I wrote a review here. Excellent book that really does a great job discussing hour problem solving has commonalities and scales through an organization. At the 15th Annual Northeast Lean Conference last October he was one of the keynotes and gave a master class in problem solving. 

Highly recommended.
This is a little off topic but 8 years ago I was reading U.S.Grant’s Memoirs and found the following example of Visual Management and Point of Use: 
" To overcome all difficulties, the chief quartermaster, General Rufus Ingalls, had marked on each wagon the corps badge with the division color and the number of the brigade. At a glance, the particular brigade to which any wagon belonged could be told. The wagons were also marked to note the contents: if ammunition, whether for artillery or infantry; if forage, whether grain or hay; if rations, whether, bread, pork, beans, rice, sugar, coffee or whatever it might be. Empty wagons were never allowed to follow the army or stay in camp. As soon as a wagon was empty it would return to the base of supply for a load of precisely the same article that had been taken from it. Empty trains were obliged to leave the road free for loaded ones. Arriving near the army they would be parked in fields nearest to the brigades they belonged to. Issues, except of ammunition, were made at night in all cases." Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant, Col. 2 regarding the campaign to capture Richmond VA in May 1864