Lean Concepts
TWI Network EVSM Team Colleagues

Beau Keyte

Beau has extensive experience consulting with a broad range of organizations on a variety of lean and other improvement initiatives, working through the NIST Manufacturing Extension Programs or independently. Beau has both engineering and MBA degrees from the University of Michigan. His work with companies often combines operational and business, including financial and administrative, aspects. Beau also has extensive experience as a trainer, including leading Value Stream Mapping workshops and Train-The-Trainer programs, and provides training through the Lean Enterprise Institute and Ford’s Lean Resource Center.


David Verble

David joined Toyota Georgetown in 1988 as a human resource professional with experience as an HR consultant and a doctorate in Instructional Design. At Toyota, David was given a wide variety of responsibilities in human Resources. He served as right-hand man for two of Toyota’s local chief executives, Mr. Cho and Mr. Kitano, both of whom relied on David to explain the overall Toyota management philosophy, system, and practices to local American managers. Among other accomplishments, David developed management-training courses, coached senior managers, coached plant floor improvement teams in practical problem solving, and trained and coached managers through the implementation of Toyota’s Policy Management process.


John Shook

John Shook divides his time between teaching & research and advising individuals, companies, and organizations on how to understand and implement lean enterprise principles and practices. John is president of the TWI Network, Inc., a consortium of lean manufacturing consultants, and Senior Advisor with Dr. James Womack’s Lean Enterprise Institute. John has also been affiliated with the University of Michigan (U-M) since 1994, as Director of the Japan Technology Management Program, teaching in the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering and as a board member of the U-M’s College of Engineering Center for Professional Development adult education in manufacturing program. John is also a member of the Ford Motor Company Lean Advisory Board for supplier development. John has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, a Master’s degree from the University of Hawaii, and is a graduate of the Japan-America Institute of Management Science. He is co-author of Learning To See, winner of the1999 Shingo Prize for excellence in manufacturing publication, and organizer and host of the annual University of Michigan Lean Manufacturing Conference, one of the most respected conference in the industry. John is also a frequent presenter at academic and industry forums and is periodically cited in major publications such as Forbes, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Time, Automotive News, and others.


Kirk Paluska

Kirk is a consultant with Value Stream Solutions. Kirk has led lean transformations a wide variety of industries, including rapidly changing high-tech/R&D-oriented environments. He has also developed right-sized information systems to support lean initiatives. Prior to VSS, Kirk founded the Office of Continuous Improvement at JDS Uniphase where he directed the deployment of lean to five divisions in North America and Europe. Kirk holds an undergraduate degree in engineering from Swarthmore College and received his MBA from the University of Michigan.


Guy Parsons

Guy C. Parsons, former Program Director of the Lean Enterprise Institute(LEI), recently left to form Value Stream Solutions (VSS), a consultancy focused on developing a number opportunities focused on lean transformation, acquisition and investment.


At the Lean Enterprise InstituteSM, Guy's key role was to develop the program for the annual Lean SummitSM. He worked closely with Jim Womack in developing and managing research projects, educational materials, seminars, and building a network of lean thinking leaders in industry. Guy worked closely with Mike Rother and John Shook to produce Learning to See, a very powerful tool used to guide cohesive lean transformation activities.


He provides lean manufacturing consulting, leads Value Stream MappingSM workshops and delivers educational presentations on Lean Principles. His clients include Johnson & Johnson, Kodak, Delphi, Northrop Grumman, The Lean Enterprise Institute, and Kollmorgan EO, a division of Danaher. Guy has been a guest lecturer at Babson College, and Harvard Business School.


Guy currently conducts training workshops on behalf of the Institute, for both public events, and company specific engagements for clients such as BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman, and Federal Mogul.

Guy received a BA in Economics and Computer Science from Connecticut College in 1983. He received an MBA from Harvard University in 1990, with a focus on manufacturing strategy and technology implementation.


Jim Luckman

Jim Luckman is the President of Luckman Consulting, which provides coaching for companies interested in profound transformations. He is the past President and CEO of iPower Technologies, a company serving the distributed generation market of electrical power. Luckman has worked in the auto industry for 34 years working at Delphi Automotive (formerly part of General Motors). He has had significant experience in Strategic Planning, Engineering and Manufacturing. In his most recent position, he was Site Manager at the Technical Center of Rochester and Chief Engineer for Fuel Systems. He led a transformation at the Engineering Center by adopting lean manufacturing principles and developing lean principles in Engineering. He took a systems approach to making change and integrated this across all functions that support the development process. As the executive champion and change agent for Lean Engineering, he spent most of his time coaching and leading workshops for all Delphi Engineering organizations. He also held benchmarking workshops with many companies.


Jim has an Electrical Engineering Bachelor’s degree from Tri State University and a Masters degree from Case Western University in Computer Engineering.


Judy Worth, M.A.

Judy has been a human resource development consultant and small business owner for 20 years. Her clients have included utilities companies, health care organizations, state and local governments, non-profit agencies, and colleges and universities.


In addition to her work as a consultant, Judy has an extensive background in training and development, with a focus on interpersonal communication skills training. She has also served as instructional designer and training materials developer for clients in medicine, law, and government agencies. Her work experiences include leading roles in:

  • Consulting with Managers of a Human Resources Division to help them map interdepartmental work processes and develop a process for designing standardized operating procedures for the division.
  • Co-facilitating an organizational restructuring of an electrical utilities company.
  • Providing facilitation and development services to a self managed work team to help them develop the skills to manage a self-funded health insurance program for their employer.
  • Assisting the management of a non-profit agency in implementing their strategic plan and linking the implementation process to other planning, reporting, and evaluation activities within the agency.
  • Consulting with the Board of a charitable non-profit to help them create a vision for their agency's future and begin succession planning and restructuring of the Board.
  • Providing instructional design and content development services to support the creation of a computerized office record review system for physician re-certification.