Harry Kenworthy is Principal and Manager of the Quality and Productivity Improvement Center (QPIC, LLC), a consulting organization he founded in 1984 and has been with full time since 2004. He worked with Dr. W. Edwards Deming in 1983-85 on a series of 2 day seminars throughout the US, sponsored by MIT. He has spoken at over 90 conferences on Quality, Productivity, LEAN, and Six Sigma, and has been published several magazines including Quality Progress and Purchasing. He also had working relationships with Dr. Joseph Juran and Dorian Shainin.

He was one of the first practitioners to apply LEAN in the Government sector in the mid-90’s. Harry’s consulting work has included numerous Government processes that have been improved by removing waste, reducing costs, or increasing revenues in a variety of operational steps while reducing overall process cycle times and improving customer service. Examples of Government work include Purchasing, Tax Collection, Property Tax Assessment, Reduction of Overtime Costs, Enhancing Community Policing Coverage, and Public Works Effectiveness. Clients have included Federal, State and Local government entities.

For 9 years, Harry was on the Board of Directors of a Japanese Joint Venture based in Nagoya, Japan. This joint venture was a key supplier to Toyota and Harry was able to learn about LEAN from Toyota. He also had a long term relationship with JUSE (Japanese Union of Scientists and Engineers), which administered the Deming Prize in Japan.

His government consulting client base includes: National Institutes of Health, numerous cities (with populations over 150,000) engaging virtually all city functions, large K-12 school systems, and a variety of statewide Lean efforts across numerous state agencies, including multiple agency collaboration efforts.

Harry is also the Lean resource provider for ICMA (International City/County Management Association) and GFOA (Government Finance Officers Association).

M.B.A. Finance, Syracuse University
B.S. Materials Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute