Mike is the a co-author of Learning to See, the best-selling book that introduced value-stream mapping to the world. He is also the co-author of Creating Continuous Flow, which received a Shingo prize in 2003. His latest book is Toyota Kata (McGraw-Hill).
Mike is an engineer, a researcher, teacher, consultant, and speaker on the subjects of management, leadership, improvement, adaptiveness, and change in human organizations. His affiliations have included the Industrial Technology Institute (Ann Arbor), the University of Michigan College of Engineering, the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (Stuttgart), and the Technical University Dortmund. Mike began his career in the manufacturing division of Thyssen AG in Germany. He lives in Ann Arbor, MI, and Cologne, Germany.
John is the current Chairman of the Lean Enterprise Institute, Inc. He learned about lean management while working for Toyota for nearly 11 years in Japan and the U.S., helping it transfer production, engineering, and management systems from Japan to NUMMI and subsequently to other operations around the world. While at Toyota's headquarters, he became the company's first American kacho (manager) in Japan. In the U.S., he joined Toyota’s North American engineering, research and development center in Ann Arbor, MI, as general manager of administration and planning. His last position with Toyota was as senior American manager with the Toyota Supplier Support Center in Lexington, KY, assisting North American companies implement the Toyota Production System.
In his best-selling book Managing to Learn, John describes the A3 management process at the heart of lean management and leadership. As co-author of Learning to See, John helped introduce the world to value-stream mapping. He also co-authored Kaizen Express, a bi-lingual manual of the essential concepts and tools of the Toyota Production System.
John is an industrial anthropologist with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, a master’s degree from the University of Hawaii, and is a graduate of the Japan-America Institute of Management Science. He is the former director of the University of Michigan, Japan Technological Management Program, and faculty of the university’s Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering.
- Training to See: An Orientation to the Value-Stream Mapping Kit for Manufacturing
Through instruction and discussion this workshop gives you the materials and skills needed to conduct your own successful value-stream mapping workshops. An experienced instructor shows you the techniques for using the kit materials to deliver hands-on training in value-stream mapping methods.
- Value-Stream Mapping for Manufacturing
Using a manufacturing case study you'll learn how to identify a product family, how to see the entire value stream for a particular product family, how to map the value stream to identify and eliminate waste, what makes a value stream lean, and how to develop a plan to achieve results.
If you prefer to learn at your own pace, LEI now offers an online version of our popular Value-Stream Mapping for Manufactuing workshop
- Value-Stream Mapping for Manufacturing - Online Workshop
The workshop allows you to move at your own pace through five clear, comprehensive sessions. After each session, a brief quiz checks your understanding of the material. Most importantly, the workshop is designed to be used in conjunction with an actual shop-floor mapping project, an effective learn-by-doing approach.