Academic papers hold a lot of knowledge but you shouldn’t trust them blindy. You need to know the difference between a hypothesis and a theory, watch out for selection bias, avoid confusing correlation with causation, and much more.
For the past few weeks I’ve been reading the Lean Product and Process Development (2nd Edition) book by Allen C. Ward and Durward K. Sobek II. It’s very idea heavy, with practically every chapter introducing new concepts. Second edition has several great case studies which really help with understanding how some of the concepts can be used in practice. All in all, this is a book I’ll be re-reading for years to come. ∞