Tierney is a director and co-owner of Seating Matters, a specialist seating manufacturer based in Northern Ireland with divisions in the U.S., Europe, and Australia. The family-owned company was started by Ryan’s mother, an occupational therapist, and is now managed by Ryan and his two brothers. He has worked in the business for the last 13 years, since graduating from school. After stumbling across Paul Akers’ book, 2 Second Lean, Ryan led the company’s transformation into a world-class Lean producer in an astounding three-year period. The company is now recognized worldwide for its culture, leadership, constant improvements, and remarkable performance (watch the many YouTube videos about Seating Matters). Tierney is a passionate Lean thinker who eats, sleeps, and breathes Lean.
A Lean Thinkers Guide to Organizing Processes, Developing People, and Improving Every Day
Seating Matters transformed itself into a world-class Lean manufacturer of specialty seating in a span of three years by following the principles of 2 Second Lean (laid out in Paul Akers book by the same name). The Northern Ireland-based company had grappled with excess inventory, slow production, and vendor issues and only began to truly thrive after practicing Lean thinking. Hear about the company’s experience with introducing and implementing Lean, and how employees hold each other accountable to the highest standards as the company continues its never-ending journey of continuous improvement. Tierney will discuss the company’s daily meeting, 3S program, improvement system, and how it manages bottlenecks. (Note: This is a video presentation with live Q & A.)