Sammy Obara


Sammy aprendeu e implementou o Sistema Toyota de Produção (TPS) nas fábricas da Toyota no Japão, Brasil, Venezuela, Filipinas e Estados Unidos.

Ele ensinou Lean para empresas de consultoria lean, organizações educacionais como Harvard e Stanford e em missões humanitárias pela Ásia e  África.

Com quase 40 anos de experiência Lean, ele já ajudou mais de 450 empresas. Levou o TPS para ambientes que vão desde escolas a hospitais, militares, governamentais e outros em países como a China, México, Canadá, Indonésia, Japão, Áustria, Reino Unido, Lituania, Russia e os EUA. Possui MBA em Technology Management, membro do corpo docente do Lean Institute e instrutor de Gestão de Estratégia Global para a California Community College System. Ele é palestrante convidado na pós-graduação de universidades como Stanford, University of Southern California, La Verne e tambem na San Diego State University onde leciona e integra o board of advisors.

lg display “I need to share my extremely positive impression from Sammy`s presentation. The way he described specific problems of Lean tools implementation, made it easier to understand the mechanism of Lean philosophy. During “Gemba Walk – A pictorial trip through different perspectives”, I felt something like “Lean aura” around Sammy, some specific energy, that is being derived by passion, knowledge and experience. Meeting him, I realized how smart and effective Lean Management can be if you approach a Gemba Walk effectively.   I understood that defining the Gemba Walk purpose is one of the fundamental factors to define current state, forming a strong team and avoid being just another industrial tourist. As Sammy was sharing his knowledge, everybody had a chance to reconsider their management style and organization’s current state in order to improve it.   Knowing Lean tools may not be enough, understanding why using them, may be crucial. After this Lean Summit in Poland I can categorically say that Lean Management is more than set of tools, it`s state of mind.” Andrzej Hasiuk Production Manager

kohls-logo “This workshop was literally life changing. I might not be quite sure that I am fully equipped yet to live and breathe Lean way in everything I do, but I know for sure that Sammy really got to shift my way of thinking and now I can’t go back to my old ways. I have learned of Toyota approach many times. I have even studied it during my Executive MBA studies. However, I always considered that to be cumbersome and complicated, so never adopted it. I appreciated it as a different approach of problem solving but never considered that it could work in my business as well. For the first time Sammy presented it to me as a way of thinking and not just a document. It really opened my eyes. His introduction example of how inefficient our communication was, was an incredible trick. It definitely got me at that moment and then I was hooked for the rest of the day. Sammy is a talented teacher. I would absolutely love to learn more about the actual culture that is needed in the organization in order to implement lean thinking and management. Thank you so much for amazing experience”. Diana Anderson Kohls Corporation

nike “I’ve attended Sammy’s seminar twice and he always teaches us some new things, especially his demonstrations that lean is not only about culture, but also by creating the need to change, the need to be always improving. He is a master in showing that lean is simple, and so it should be conducted simply as it is. I’d love to hear him again.” Rodrigo Zimmermann Americas-NLO Lean Manager

mitsubishi “Sammy is one of these unique people in the Lean field, with deep knowledge about the sources of Lean thinking, extraordinary lecturer and a visionary professional. It’s a privilege to attend events where he is lecturing and that makes us think over how to overcome cultural boundaries and to unveil the key Lean benefits to the companies.” Willian Nunes de Aquino Quality Manager