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Matt Zayko

Matt Zayko

President, Zayko Consulting
Matt Zayko is a change agent with over sixteen years experience leading lean enterprise improvements in numerous industries by helping them transform engineering, manufacturing, service processes, and operating systems in a variety of staff- and management-level roles under the guidance of former Toyota mentors and sensei. Matt worked over a twelve-year period for Chrysler Corporation / University of Michigan, Gelman Sciences, General Motors / Delphi Corporation, and Pall Corporation. This real world experience in business performance improvement through use of appropriate lean principles across global organizations and different cultures gives Matt insight into understanding and solving the unique challenges faced by companies working to improve to their ideal state. He has authored numerous works, including articles that have been published in “Journal of Quality Engineering” and “IIE Solutions”, a chapter in the 1998 Shingo-Prize winning book Becoming Lean, and a 2006 white paper for the Lean Enterprise Institute. Matt aids companies implementing lean through Zayko Consulting and as a member of the Lean Transformations Group.
Articles by Matt Zayko
How Does Shop-Floor Lean Compare to Lean Product and Process Development (LPPD)? A Q&A with Matt Zayko
Matt Zayko was recently asked, "Is my knowledge of shop-floor lean enough for me to get by in product development?" Find out his answer. More »
Innovative Companies Continue to Learn from Each Other: Fall 2016 LPPD Learning Group Event
Find out what learnings took place at the Fall 2016 LPPD Partners' Meeting in Davis, California. More »
Why Creating Products Customers Actually Want Requires a Great Process
80% of the cost (and hence, waste) is committed for a new product or service by the time product designs get locked-in during development. Still, most PD leaders focus their improvement efforts where 80% of cost is incurred—the operational value stream, post-launch. Learn why your focus should be on lean process design. More »
Workshops Taught by Matt Zayko
Value-Stream Mapping for Manufacturing Learn how to use this fundamental initial step in a lean transformation to create the "blueprints" for applying other tools and targeting kaizen events most effectively. More »
Value-Stream Mapping for Manufacturing: Gemba-Based Workshop This workshop, now offered live for the first time, shows you how to create and apply this fundamental and critical tool, based on Lean Enterprise Institute's groundbreaking VSM workbook, Learning to See, which has introduced the mapping tool to thousands around the world More »