Let me say right off, that I do not consider myself a lean savant (at least not yet). Like many readers of this text, I am on a personal journey to become the best I can be at applying the many tools and techniques discovered and perfected over the past one hundred years, beginning with Henry Ford.
Having spent thirty years consulting to over 350 companies and facilitating more than 1500 project across the US and Canada, I have had the privilege of working with manufacturers in virtually every industry along with many non-manufacturing service providers and even governmental agencies; teaching them how to adopt and adapt elements of the Toyota Production System.
It has been a remarkable journey, and having been twice awarded the coveted Shingo Prize (named after famed Toyota Engineer Shigeo Shingo) for books written in 2001 and 2016, has been a very rewarding and humbling experience.
This text represents my efforts to document an easy to understand, comprehensive and practical tool for those seeking to advance their organizations toward their vision of Operational Excellence.
In this text I attempt to answer the questions; Why, What, When, Who, Where and How organizations of every size and description can apply lean principles.
I have provided over 100 graphics, examples, case studies, samples and exercises to assist continuous improvement disciples on their person journey to become a lean savant.