The author is Matthew E. May, who wrote the bestselling The Elegant Solution, winner of the Shingo Research Prize for Excellence. He is a sought-after lecturer and speaker, and he does frequent speaking engagements to companies, government institutions, and schools nationally and internationally.

He is currently the Graduate School at Business of Pepperdine University senior lecturer on Creativity and Innovation. He has worked for a long time as the adviser to Toyota, and his sought-after journals have been published in national dailies and publications such as USA Today, Strategy+Business, and Quality Progress.

Matthew has also guested in The Wall Street Journal and on National Public Radio.