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Lean Culture refers to the combination of defining customer value, aligning around a common purpose, striving for perfection while at the same time respecting and developing employees. The idea is that there is more to process improvement than using a set of tools and concepts. Also, the people who do the work should be the ones who fix the processes. Lean Culture results when in the quest to provide customer value, the leadership supports and promotes the building of the “problem solving muscle” of the workforce.

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Tracy O'Rourke

Tracy is a Managing Partner at, the co-author of The Problem-Solver’s Toolkit and co-host of the Just-in-Time Cafe. She is also a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Instructor at UC San Diego and teaches in San Diego State University’s Lean Enterprise Program. For almost 20 years, she has helped leading organizations like Washington State, Charles Schwab and GE build problem-solving muscles.