Todd Hudson

Todd Hudson

Knowledge Transfer, Lean Methods, New Hire Productivity

Travels from:

Portland, Oregon

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With more than 20 years of industrial engineering and plant management experience at European, Chinese, and US-owned companies in a variety of industries, Todd Hudson has seen just about everything the business world can throw at you. From frenetic growth and high volume, to cutting out fat, cutting into muscle, and cutting your own throat.

Todd is a long-time lean operations practitioner and Six Sigma Black Belt™. In 2003, Todd started his own consulting firm to pioneer the application of lean production principles to training and development. Throughout his career, Todd has seen that effective knowledge transfer and sharing of expertise are critical elements to success. Today, the blistering pace of change, the globalization of business, and the explosion of learning technologies requires organizations to adopt a new learning framework.

Todd helps organizations:

  • Understand that continuous improvement is critical to growth and success
  • Facilitate implementing a culture of employee engagement and continuous improvement
  • Use capital and people efficiently and effectively
  • Teach employees to improve how they work
  • Focus on activities that customers value
  • Identify and eliminate waste and bureaucracy
  • Simplify processes to be visual, intuitive and obvious
  • Create fun, struggle-free work

His clients include Fortune 100 giants as well as fast and furious startups and mid-sized companies around the world. Todd speaks regularly to companies and business associations about using lean to improve training and learning.

Todd holds an MS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of Massachusetts and a BA in Chinese and Economics from Connecticut College. He speaks enough Chinese and French to cause an international incident and has lived in Taiwan.

Areas of Expertise
  • Capacity planning
  • Cycle time reduction
  • Facility layout and flow
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Process cost reduction
  • Production cost estimating
  • Production systems design:
    - Demand flow technology
    - Kanban and lean systems
  • Quality control and improvement:
    - SPC, DOE, FMEA
    - Poka Yoke
    - Six Sigma, Kaizen
  • Simulation and modeling
  • Staffing and training plans
  • Supply chain planning and design
  • Supplier and contract manufacturer audits
  • Culture Mapping for Better Organizations
  • Internal Predators: What Yellowstone Wolves and Navy Seals Can Teach You About Innovation
  • Peer Mentoring: A Practical Approach to Knowledge Transfer
  • Walking Around in Your Underwear: How Transparency Adds Hot New Value to Operations
  • What Your Employees Don't Learn Can Kill You: Why Effective Mentoring is Essential for High Performing Operations