International Keynote Speaker
Author of several best-selling books on Lean and Professor of Lean Enterprise at the University of Buckingham in the UK, John Bicheno has been working with Lean (formerly JIT) since he was head of Industrial Engineering at Wits in the 1980s, when he was introduced to the area by Toyota. He has supervised over 200 Masters dissertations and he is the founding director of the first MSc in Lean in the world at the Lean Enterprise Research Centre at Cardiff Business School. An engineer by training, John has also worked and consulted in the private sector and for government. He is a certified Training Within Industry (TWI) trainer, TWI being the foundation methodology used by Toyota since 1950. In 2012 he was a Shingo Prize examiner in the UK. His books, including “The Lean Toolbox”, “The Service Systems Toolbox”, and “Six Sigma and the Quality Toolbox”, have sold over 130,000 copies. He has developed several participative games in Lean, including The Buckingham Lean Game, which is used in many organisations, universities, and by consultancies in several countries.