Milwaukee Area Technical College 
Beginner level
Intermediate level
Theme: Future Workforce Development

Developing the next generation of lean leaders

Examining the importance of early childhood introduction to lean problem-solving


Practitioner Presentation
Wednesday, Nov. 1 Location Code
10:45am-11:30am Hilton Cleveland Downtown WS/32



In this practitioner presentation, discover early-stage examples of problem-solving for children and problem-solving curriculum for middle school students and teens.


Milwaukee Area Technical College's Alan Goodman had a dream of teaching lean concepts to children. Goodman's participation in Junior Achievement as a young professional inspired him to establish kata by building a camp called Lean: How to do Everything Better, where he teaches middle and high school students lean practices.

He has expanded his camp to youth-facing organizations, including City on a Hill, Milwaukee Academy of Science and Marquette University. Children are creative, effective, boundary-less, and willing to experiment and fail when approaching problems and solutions. Goodman's camp harnesses this energy and provides students with kata to build, practice and maintain this problem-solving mindset.


Milwaukee Area Technical College is a public two-year vocational-technical college based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. MATC offers day, evening and weekend classes at downtown Milwaukee, Oak Creek, West Allis and Mequon campuses. Enrollment is about 35,000 students. 


Alan Goodman is a believer in following your dreams, a professor at Milwaukee Area Technical College and the department chair for the Quality Engineering Program. He spent over twenty years in corporate America, becoming a certified Six Sigma Black Belt. His varied experience throughout his career includes rolling out a continuous improvement organization, implementing operational improvements for over 40 companies nationwide, leading a commercial dental and vision TPA business and running a credit union.

Goodman is also the founder and king of desserts for the award-winning business A Goodman's Desserts. He recently started A Goodman's Consulting, where he coaches small business owners on operational excellence. Goodman is an alum of Hampton University and Temple University, holding a B.S. and MBA in finance. He is also a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated and recently embarked on a new career path as a model and commercial actor.