Kirk got his start at JDS Uniphase where he served in several roles, including managing lean deployment and wafer fab operations. He also helped four other JDS Uniphase plants begin lean initiatives. Kirk has held operations and engineering positions with National Semiconductor Corporation and has seven years experience as an internal ISO/QS/TL 9000 auditor. Kirk is co-author of Mapping to See, a kit for lean practitioners to improve value-stream performance in office and service settings. Kirk now helps companies in a variety of industries including service, healthcare, as well as manufacturing through the Lean Transformations Group, where he is a founding partner. He specializes in coaching managers as they lead value-stream improvement implementation and use it as a way to incorporate continuous improvement practices into their regular work. Kirk received his MBA in Operations and Accounting from the University of Michigan and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Swarthmore College.