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Matthew Savas

Matthew Savas

Director of the Lean Global Network, Lean Enterprise Institute
msavas@lean.org

As Director of the Lean Global Network (LGN), Matt works alongside the network's 30+ institutes and partners to spread lean thinking around the globe. 

Prior to joining LGN, Matt worked for 3 years at the Lean Enterprise Institute. He was responsible for managing its Co-Learning Partner Program, bringing change to a local restaurant, and leading lean learning experiences to Japan. 

Matt has a BA in East Asian Studies from Bates College and an MBA from the Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst. He lived in Japan for 5 years and is always eager to recommend spots off the beaten path for travelers. When he's not at work he enjoys exploring the outdoors with his wife, roasting coffee, and reading history.

Articles by Matthew Savas
The Value of Sharpening Skills Through 'Jishuken'
Jishuken, or self-learning, is a wet stone that grinds a worker's brain down to a start point, says Matt Savas--and is key to a disciplined management system of learning and improvement. More »
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 »