Timothy Schipper is the founder of Lean Inspiration. Lean Inspiration was started in 2013 to help organizations become more efficient and effective. Lean Inspiration provides coaching, consulting, writing, and resources to inspire you and your organization on your journey to apply lean principles. Lean Inspiration also connects you to a network of experts in the areas of manufacturing, office processes, product development, software development, and leadership.
Timothy is a graduate of Calvin College and the University of Michigan (Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering and Masters of Science). He holds a certificate in lean manufacturing from the University of Michigan. His career has spanned 30 years and includes time as a tool designer, engineering educator, CAD specialist, senior product engineer, IT manager, lean expert, author, coach and consultant. His teaching experience includes positions in the engineering department at Calvin College and in the Ohio State University Fischer College of Business - MBOE Lean Leadership program.
Timothy has led lean transformations in the areas of manufacturing, office processes, IT development, global product development, new business initiatives, government agencies, higher education, and non-profits.
His areas of expertise are lean in the office, lean management systems, and lean in IT and product development.
Timothy is also a former officer on the board of directors of Lean Product and Process Development Exchange, Inc. (LPPDE), a non-profit group which promotes the exchange of methods and techniques between organizations around the world.
Timothy is the co-author of Innovative Lean Development: How to Create, Implement, and Maintain a Learning Culture, Schipper & Swets, Productivity Press © 2010, which explores how rapid learning cycles, knowledge management, and other lean techniques can be applied in development. He has also written articles in AME Target Magazine, in Wikipedia (“Design for Lean Manufacturing”) , and he has contributed material for other authors (Steve Bell, Katherine Radeka, Durward Sobek). He speaks at North American and International conferences on the topics of lean, innovation, and leadership. You can follow him on Twitter (@LeanInspirations) or on his blog (http://innovativelean.wordpress.com).