About David Mann

David Mann is the principal of David Mann Lean Consulting. In 15 years of lean experience at Steelcase Inc., Mann developed and applied the concepts 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 transactional value streams. He established a lean consulting practice in 2005.

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, troubleshooting stalled lean initiatives, as well as frequent training and speaking engagements on lean management.

Mann's Shingo Prize winning book, Creating a Lean Culture: Tools to Sustain Lean Conversions has been translated into Portuguese, Chinese, Russian, Polish, and Thai. A Spanish edition is forthcoming in 2014. A Second Edition was released in 2010. Over 100,000 copies of this field best seller are in print.

Mann serves as a Shingo Prize examiner and assessor for the Honda Lean Network. He is a member of the Saint Mary’s Healthcare Lean Transformation Advisory Board in Grand Rapids, Michigan as well as the advisory board for the Michigan Lean Consortium. 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 is a faculty member in the Management Science program at the Fisher College of Business, Ohio State University.

Mann is an organizational psychologist, earning 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.