About

Internationally Recognized Expert in Lean Management Solutions

David Mann is the principal of David Mann Lean Consulting. In 15 years of lean experience at Steelcase Inc., Mann developed the concepts and tools of a lean management system, supporting 40+ lean manufacturing value stream transformations, and then leading an internal team that completed over 100 successful lean conversions in administrative and business process value streams. He established a consulting practice in 2005, serving organizations across industries worldwide.

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Mann’s teaching and coaching experience includes lean transformation in manufacturing, enterprise business processes, and healthcare organizations. His practice includes lean and lean management implementation and troubleshooting stalled lean initiatives.

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Mann's Shingo Prize-winning book, Creating a Lean Culture: Tools to Sustain Lean Conversions has been translated into Portuguese, Chinese, Russian, Polish, Spanish, and Thai. The Third Edition was released in October 2014. Over 250,000 copies of this field best seller are in print.

Mann served as a Shingo Prize Examiner and Assessor

For the Honda Lean Network. He was a member of the Saint Mary’s Healthcare Lean Transformation Advisory Board in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is an invited contributor to Frontiers of Health Services Management and has been a frequent contributor to and member of the editorial board of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence’s publication Target. He edited Target’s Single Point Lessons feature, and also served on the board of AME’s Great Lakes Region for 10 years. He was a faculty member in the Management Science program at the Fisher College of Business, Ohio State University.

Mann is an organizational psychologist, having earned his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in 1976. He lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his wife, who is a retired criminal prosecutor. They have two daughters.

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