About Me


More than you wanted to know....

I founded Markovitz Consulting to help organizations become faster, stronger, and more agile through the application of lean principles to knowledge work. I've worked with non-profit and governmental organizations such as the New York City Department of Health, Planned Parenthood, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, as well as a diverse roster of corporations such Starkey Technologies, W.L. Gore & Associates, Abbott Vascular, Clif Bar, Hydro Flask, and CamelBak. 

I've keynoted conferences and delivered seminars at the Lean Enterprise Academy Summit (UK), the Lean Island Conference (Iceland), the Lean Transformation Summit (US), the Rome Confluence Conference, the Outdoor Industry Association Rendezvous, the Printing Industry Association Continuous Improvement Conference, and numerous Association of Manufacturing Excellence events. I'm a faculty member at the Lean Enterprise Institute and teach regularly at the Stanford University Continuing Studies Program. I also lecture at the Ohio State University’s Fisher School of Business.

My first book, A Factory of One, was honored with a Shingo Research Award in 2013. I've also published articles in the Harvard Business Review blog, Quality Progress, Industry Week, Reliable Plant, and Management Services Journal, among other magazines.

I lived in Japan for four years and am fluent in Japanese. (Sadly, I knew nothing about lean at this time, and missed the opportunity to visit, study, and learn from Toyota while I was near the mothership.) I received a BA from Wesleyan University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.