Jim is currently Senior Advisor and founder of the Lean Product and Process Development initiative at the Lean Enterprise Institute. The LPPD initiative is building a community of practice and research to expand the application and understanding of LPPD. Together with LEI coaches and faculty, Jim works with organizations across diverse industries around the world to improve their product development capability.
Before joining LEI, Jim spent ten years at Ford Motor Company, serving the last eight and a half years as Director, Global Body Exterior and SBU Engineering where he and his team contributed to the company’s historic, product led revitalization under then CEO, Alan Mulally. Prior to Ford, Jim worked fifteen years at Troy Design and Manufacturing (TDM), the last eight, as Vice President. TDM is a tier one, global automotive supplier of engineering services, prototypes tools and low volume parts and subassemblies.
Jim holds a Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Michigan where his research into Product Development won two Shingo Prizes for Research Excellence. He co-authored (with Dr. Jeffrey Liker) the award-winning bookThe Toyota Product Development System (2006) and Designing the Future (2018). He has also authored, or coauthored, articles on product development for the Sloan Management Review, The Engineering Management Journal and other publications. Jim has developed and taught graduate courses on lean manufacturing and product development.