Hi, I am Daniel Crawford and the founder of Lean Smarts!
Through my career as a Training Manager, General Manager, and Manufacturing Engineer I’ve become a lean enthusiast with a passion to help and teach others. Lean is fun! It disappoints me that much of what the internet has to offer in lean is complicated and hard to piece together.
At Lean Smarts we strive to make a difference by making lean accessible to all, while keeping it effective, easy, and fun.
My personal journey with lean began after graduating from Cal Poly Sal Luis Obispo, CA with my engineering degree. I was hired by a 300-person medical device company and tasked with teaching and leading lean within the organization.
After a few years implementing lean at our headquarters in California, the company acquired a division in Texas and promoted me to be its General Manager. The breadth of that role exposed me to the full spectrum of business activities. What a thrill!
After some time in Texas I made a move for my family to be closer to our friends and community in Colorado. I currently work full time as a Manufacturing Engineer at another amazing medical device manufacturer.
Together with my wonderful wife Laura we have one daughter, Sadie, who is an absolute joy and the source of a 5-minute belly laugh every day I get home from work.
It’s my hope that you find Lean Smarts to be both fun and helpful on your lean journey!
All my best,
P.S. Drop me a note and let me know you were here! I’d love to help you in any way I can on your lean journey 🙂 .