David Anderson grew up in Saltcoats, Ayrshire, but now lives near Seattle in the US.
After serving in international roles for IBM, Microsoft, Motorola and Corbis he has spent recent years building up the Lean Kanban process.
It uses the Lean and Kanban techniques more commonly associated with manufacturing and production businesses and applies them to what Mr Anderson describes as companies using knowledge and technology. Lean looks at ways of eliminating waste in the production process while Kanban, originally developed by a Toyota executive, is a way to improve and maintain high production levels.
Mr Anderson says the techniques he has built have been adopted by a range of organisations from small IT start-ups to the BBC and the likes of Brazilian energy giant Petrobras plus engineering companies Siemens and Bosch. The system is said to help identify manageable workloads, reduce disruptions and create better alignment between departments across a company.
Mr Anderson said: "We limit the quantity of work in progress sometimes at a department level or an individual level.
"That forces you to make choices about what should you work on now and what should you leave to later and what you should not do at all.
"A key part of what we teach people is how to make those decisions and examine the business opportunities and risks they are managing and make better decisions."
Mr Anderson is speaking at the Lean Kanban UK conference in London, which is held on Thursday and Friday this week, and says the global recognition of the system is growing.
He said: "For the events business we organise the UK, Netherland and US conferences while the other ones in Europe - Sweden, French and German this year - we licence out.
"Next year, we are anticipating a southern Europe one in Italy and an eastern European one in Poland and there are fairly advanced plans to hold a Russian event in Moscow."
Mr Anderson, who runs the David J. Anderson & Associates consultancy and is chief executive of the Lean-Kanban University, is also growing the network of trainers of the methodology.
He said: "We use the event planning and conferences to raise awareness and generate demand but the idea is to scale the business globally by licensing trainers.
"We put them through fairly intensive course to teach our material and then we build a network of partners for our training classes."