About the Author
Karen Martin has been building, managing, and improving operations for more than 20 years. As principal consultant for Karen Martin & Associates, LLC, she is a recognized thought leader in applying Lean thinking and the psychology of change to office, service, and knowledge work environments. Karen and her team provide transformation support to Fortune 100 companies, as well as small businesses, government agencies, nonprofits, and start-ups in diverse industries, such as construction, energy, financial services, government, healthcare, and manufacturing.
She is the author of The Outstanding Organization (McGraw-Hill, 2012) and coauthor of The Kaizen Event Planner (CRC Press, 2007) an instructor for the University of California, San Diego’s Lean Enterprise program, and an industry advisor to the University of San Diego’s Industrial and Systems Engineering program. For more information, visit www.ksmartin.com.
Mike Osterling provides support and leadership to manufacturing and non-manufacturing organizations on their Lean Transformation Journey. In a continuous improvement leadership role for six years, Mike played a key role in Square D Company’s Lean transformation in the 1990s. His clients include small and large companies in manufacturing, construction, energy, and medical, as well as public agencies.
Mike led the development of the Lean Enterprise Certificate Program at San Diego State University and has taught in the program since 1999. He is also an instructor at the University of California, San Diego, is a Certified Trainer for the Implementation of Lean Manufacturing, a Six Sigma Black Belt, and is fluent in Spanish. He also coauthored The Kaizen Event Planner (CRC Press, 2007). For more information, visit www.mosterling.com.