Testimonials

Russ Scaffede was an integral part of ISD's Lean Manufacturing certificate program at the University of Michigan for more than 10 years. I had the privilege of working with him closely to design his teaching sessions with the working professional in mind -- with plenty of active learning and collaborative exercises focused on how Lean can be applied on the job. Testimonials from program participants reflected a deep appreciation of... Read More

Russ Scaffede was an integral part of ISD’s Lean Manufacturing certificate program at the University of Michigan for more than 10 years. I had the privilege of working with him closely to design his teaching sessions with the working professional in mind — with plenty of active learning and collaborative exercises focused on how Lean can be applied on the job. Testimonials from program participants reflected a deep appreciation of his teaching, and working with Russ was as much a learning experience for me. I can easily describe Russ as someone who is open to new ideas and creative thinking in a collaborative spirit, in the true traditions of Lean.

U of M

Russ Scaffede is one of the foremost authorities in the world on the topic of lean improvements and the Toyota Production System. With his unique background in both General Motors and Toyota Russ understands the differences between traditional operational concepts improvement and lean concepts like no one else. Whether the topic is leadership, management, improvement or all the above Russ is able to explain critical concepts to teams at all... Read More

Russ Scaffede is one of the foremost authorities in the world on the topic of lean improvements and the Toyota Production System. With his unique background in both General Motors and Toyota Russ understands the differences between traditional operational concepts improvement and lean concepts like no one else. Whether the topic is leadership, management, improvement or all the above Russ is able to explain critical concepts to teams at all levels and drive results.

Russ’s personal success stories involve leading teams at GM, managing the start-up of a major Toyota facility in North America, turning around a tier one automotive company and advising numerous organizations on the topic of improvement. There is no better or more well-rounded resource on the topic of leadership and improvement than Russ Scaffede.

Mr. Art Smalley
Founder and Owner / The Art Of Lean

Russ Scaffede's practical experience in personally leading the successful Lean Transformations at Donnelly Corporation and Tiara Yachts sets him apart from virtually every other individual who currently offers Lean training and consulting services. His years of front-line leadership in manufacturing organizations give him an intuitive understanding of the people on the front-lines and a powerful ability to make a personal connection that helps motivate teams to drive for continuous improvement.... Read More

Russ Scaffede’s practical experience in personally leading the successful Lean Transformations at Donnelly Corporation and Tiara Yachts sets him apart from virtually every other individual who currently offers Lean training and consulting services. His years of front-line leadership in manufacturing organizations give him an intuitive understanding of the people on the front-lines and a powerful ability to make a personal connection that helps motivate teams to drive for continuous improvement. “The Leadership Roadmap,” which Russ co-authored with former Donnelly CEO Dwane Baumgardner, is an eminently practical, proven “how to guide” for every step along the path to sustained operational excellence and continuous improvement.

Mr. John Beakes
Founder & CEO / Operational Performance Solutions

I think we all learn something new every day in a variety of ways. When you are presented with the opportunity to learn from the best in their field, take it! Russ Scaffede not only is the best in his field of knowledge, he also has the desire and skill to impart that knowledge while bringing out the best in his students. Without even knowing it's happening, spending learning time... Read More

I think we all learn something new every day in a variety of ways. When you are presented with the opportunity to learn from the best in their field, take it! Russ Scaffede not only is the best in his field of knowledge, he also has the desire and skill to impart that knowledge while bringing out the best in his students. Without even knowing it’s happening, spending learning time with Russ will change you into something better.

John Keuning
Director of Manufacturing / Tiara Yachts

The Reserve group of companies have engaged Russ Scaffede to be their lean mentor. Russ's skills in motivating, educating, and "seeing" the path to Lea n is transforming our businesses.

Randy Johnson
President and CEO / Romeo RIM, Inc

Mr. Scaffede is the consummate manufacturing professional; with unique perspective derived from extensive exposure to, and experience within, the gold standard of operational performance improvement – The Toyota Production System (TPS). In my experience, his ability to feel the pulse of a manufacturing/healthcare floor(s), quickly rec ognize and address deficiencies, and meaningfully engage management/employees in process improvement is unmatched. Mr. Scaffede’s hands on implementation of TPS in both high volume... Read More

Mr. Scaffede is the consummate manufacturing professional; with unique perspective derived from extensive exposure to, and experience within, the gold standard of operational performance improvement – The Toyota Production System (TPS). In my experience, his ability to feel the pulse of a manufacturing/healthcare floor(s), quickly rec ognize and address deficiencies, and meaningfully engage management/employees in process improvement is unmatched.

Mr. Scaffede’s hands on implementation of TPS in both high volume and low volume applications, coupled with his extensive experience in traditional manufacturing operations; enable him to teach, coach and mentor at all organizational levels and provide one-of-a-kind insights and direction to all functions associated within an operational environment.

Simply put, Mr. Scaffede is professional who thrives on sharing his distinctive knowledge, has unusual gifts/experience that enable him to do so with optimal efficiency and relationship building; while sincerely caring about the success and continuing progress of others. He is a rare professional.

Mr. Stormy

I first met Russ when we worked at Toyota Georgetown. Immediately, I could sense his love for manufacturing and his desire to bring TPS a live at Georgetown. Russ not only understood the TPS elements, he had a passion around teaching it to others. He would allocate time each month teaching the TPS principles to the organization. Beside the TPS elements, he understood the most important factor which is the... Read More

I first met Russ when we worked at Toyota Georgetown. Immediately, I could sense his love for manufacturing and his desire to bring TPS a live at Georgetown. Russ not only understood the TPS elements, he had a passion around teaching it to others. He would allocate time each month teaching the TPS principles to the organization. Beside the TPS elements, he understood the most important factor which is the people and the importance around their involvement and engagement to the overall success. Without question, he wants to see manufacturing succeed in the U.S. using the TPS tools and principles of respect for people and continuous improvement mindset.

Wayne Ripberger

At the time I operated Emerald Associates Inc. (provided top to bottom planning for manufacturers), Russ spent time with our working teams to explain the Toyota production system. His credible presentations and Q. and A. periods were awesome. In one session with Sam Allen (now CEO of John Deere) the meeting extended well into the night because of the intense interest in his message.

Frank Lyons
President (Retired) / Emerald Associates Inc

I hired Russ in Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Georg etown Kentucky to start our first substantial power train plant outside Japan. He met my expectation to learn and deploy TPS steadfastly, more importantly to develop American people to adopt the spirit of T PS to find problems and improve the operation forever. He was a very good student. He displayed very strong people skills in h is training of TPS... Read More

I hired Russ in Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Georg etown Kentucky to start our first substantial power train plant outside Japan. He met my expectation to learn and deploy TPS steadfastly, more importantly to develop American people to adopt the spirit of T PS to find problems and improve the operation forever. He was a very good student. He displayed very strong people skills in h is training of TPS to his staff and Team Members which is real driving power of the TPS. Years later, I hired Russ to join my team at Toyota Boshoku America, because of his proven TPS background and exceptionally successful launch of the power train operation, to lead with me the implementation of TPS throughout the company.

Russ has learned TPS as good as any American from a system perspective and always displayed a good ability to teach and lead the American Team Members to lean and implement with gr eat respect.

Kiyoshi (Nate) Furuta