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Matthew Savas

Matthew Savas

Community Resource Manager, Lean Enterprise Institute

As community resource manager, Matt slices and dices data to capture insights about customers in order to improve LEI’s products and services.

Before coming to the Institute, he lived in Japan for five years where he taught English and managed operations at a start-up travel company. When he is not figuring out how to better serve customers or deepening his knowledge about lean management, Matt probably is cooking, reading, or drinking coffee.  

He has a bachelor’s in East Asian Studies from Bates College and a master’s from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Articles by Matthew Savas
Tending the Roots of Lean with Lean Farmer Ben Hartman
Matt Savas shares the Lean roots found at Ben Hartman's Clay Bottom Farm in Goshen, Indiana, illustrating the many ways that lean has eliminated waste More »
The Quiet Factory
Could noise be considered another waste to be reduced in the system? Matt Savas ponders the implications of a Toyota factory that has set a goal of lowering the decibel level to help with a key strategic goal. More »
Developing People Not Robots Through Karakuri
"Karakuri demonstrates that Toyota’s working currency is brainpower, grown through rigorous problem-solving and mentors who challenge their students," writes Matt Savas, "The wallet takes a backseat to the brain.  " More »
Advice from the Gemba: TPS Mythbusting
Despite its fundamental role in a lean transformation, the Toyota Production System is not an easy thing for many to grasp. In this special installment of Advice from the Gemba, three of LEI's accomplished faculty discuss the most common misconceptions they hear about TPS from their workshop participants. More »
PDCA, BML, TMC: Learning Lean From Lean
"Lean, Lean UX, and Lean Startup – there' a lot of 'lean' out there," writes Matthew Savas. "Is this good or bad?" What's most important, Savas says, is an allegiance to true PDCA. What do you think? More »