What We Do

We help you create strategies, operations, and work environments that maximize human potential, deliver exceptional customer value, and ensure ongoing profitability and growth.


Why does your organization exist? Does everyone understand this? Are all decisions aligned with this?


What problems do your products solve for your customers? Do they want more than you’re delivering?


Have you created an environment that draws on every team member’s skills and potential?


How does work get done? Is it both efficient and effective? Is it continuously improved?


Does everyone understand what matters NOW? Do you have the will to say “no” or “not yet”?


Services We Offer

Full Transformation

We guide you to a new way of operating—and to new levels of performance.

Strategy Deployment

We help you set priorities, deploy resources properly and stay focused.

Value Stream Transformation

We help you deliver greater value with greater ease and at lower cost.

Targeted Improvement

We help you improve work systems, decision-making systems, and processes.

Lean Assessments

We help you discover what you need to take your improvement journey to the next level.

Leadership & Workforce Development

We help you build Lean practices and capabilities from your executive team to the frontlines.


Improvement Activities


Value Stream Transformations


Workshop participants



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Latest Posts

Building the Fit Organization (with Dan Markovitz)

January 21, 2016

The corporate landscape is littered with the carcasses of companies that have failed in their pursuit of the Toyota Way. Their efforts fail precisely because […]

Value Stream & Process Mapping

December 19, 2015

Since Mike Osterling and I released our latest book, Value Stream Mapping, we’ve received a lot of questions about which level of mapping–value stream vs. […]


Lean for the Holidays

December 15, 2015

Over the past few days, I’ve received a number of  clever holiday and Lean-themed videos, maps, and stories that I thought I’d share. I’m sure […]

Think Simple.

Profit Through Simplicity isn’t just our tagline. It’s a core value that informs everything we do. It’s who we are. It’s where you’d like to go. Invite us to guide you on your journey.

Do Simple.

Business is increasingly complex. Your operation doesn’t have to become increasingly complicated. Simplify to delight your customers, reduce frustration, and save money.


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Our Team

Steve Ebbing

Mark Graban

Tina Jackson

Karen Martin

Mark Minukas

Tiffany Mock

Tracy O’Rourke

Mike Osterling

Mary Savoy

Ric VanDerLinden

Brent Wahba

Jerry Wright

Value. Flow. Profit.

The Karen Martin Group is your source for making it happen.