Senior Lean Consultant
, Optiprise, Inc. Jdfd4@aol.com
John Drogosz is a Product and Process Development Coach at the Lean Enterprise Institute. John has over 20 years of Lean manufacturing, product development and above shop floor experience. As a Vice President at Liker Lean Advisors, he has led lean transformations in numerous companies and industries including Northrop Grumman, Johnson Controls, Areva, Peugeot-Citroen, Tenneco, Eaton, Hertz, Schlumberger, Harley-Davidson, Embraer and Caterpillar.
Dr. Drogosz currently teaches classes in Lean Product and Process Development and Lean Manufacturing for the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. He is a contributor to the Toyota Product Development System by Morgan and Liker and to Dr. Jeffrey Liker’s book The Toyota Way to Continuous Improvement. In the past he held a management role at Delphi Automotive in enterprise-wide lean implementation and worked through John Shook’s TWI Network.
John holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario and a Master’s and Ph.D in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan. He is also a Six Sigma Black Belt.
Articles by John Drogosz
Developing Your Obeya, Stage-by-Stage
In his years as a LPPD coach, John Drogosz has seen that "most teams do go through several stages of evolution before obeya becomes an embedded ritual. " Find out what they are. More »
What Do I Tell My Leaders When Experiments Fail?
When experiments fail, it's natural for a leadership team to get nervous. But in the context of lean, they shouldn't be - it's just a matter of managing their expectations and helping them understand that a "failure" is actually a blessing in disguise. John Drogosz explains how to do this. More »
Value Stream Mapping in a Product Development Context: A Q&A with John Drogosz
Lean Product and Process Development Senior Coach John Drogosz answers countless questions about LPPD every day. Now, in his first piece for the Lean Post, he answers one of his most-asked questions: about how to create a value stream map for a PD environment. Read more. More »
John Drogosz on Product Development
John Drogosz gives a talk on lean product development from the University of Michigan. More »
Workshops Taught by John Drogosz
Designing the Future: A Lean Product & Process Development Immersive Learning Experience (at the 2018 Designing the Future Summit)
Although the concept of lean product & process development (LPPD) has been around since the beginning of lean, it is an opportunity for improvement in organizations with many misconceptions (and yes, it is much more than applying lean in the development space!). "Designing the Future: A Lean Product & Process Development Immersive Learning Experience" is the first step to changing all of this. Participants will:Be able to describe the core principles of lean product and process development (LPPD):Deeply understand what your product must beCreate flow and eliminate waste for speed to marketCreate new value through experimental learningRespect people, who are More »