Measure Lean Initiative or Measure Outcome of Lean Strategy?

Presented By:

Jean Cunningham

Session Abstract:

The finance professional plays a critical role in determining how a company looks at their strategies and initiatives.  Lean initiatives are often caught up in wasteful measuring and monitoring when the options for monitoring organization performance are not well understood.  Having worked with many company lean leaders, this is a primary frustration as they proceed in their lean journey: how to describe the high value impact lean has on the organization.

While there is no one right answer for all companies, Jean will share with you her extensive experience and learnings in addressing this issue including ways to discuss the challenge when you return from the summit to your corporate partners.

Learning Objectives:

“In this session you will learn…”

  • Why trying to measure Lean activities is frustrating and challenging
  • Why Lean provides overall outcome benefits financially
  • To move from Initiative thinking to strategy thinking
  • To improve your lean and financial outcomes conversations

About the Facilitator:

As president of Jean Cunningham Consulting, Jean provides strategic lean guidance, management training, workshops, and kaizen events to an array of clients. Her goal is to enable clients to tightly integrate their business functions (Lean Business Management, The Lean Office) with lean operations, reduce waste, and maximize customer and product focus. In addition to her extensive consulting schedule, Jean speaks at lean conferences and teaches Lean Accounting for the Ohio State University Master of Business Operational Excellence program.

Jean is the co-author of two books awarded the Shingo Prize for Research: Real Numbers: Management Accounting in a Lean Organization, an essential text for learning Lean Accounting, and Easier, Simpler, Faster: Systems Strategy for Lean IT, a book on the practical application of Lean IT.

Jean is widely recognized for her pioneering work in Lean Accounting, IT, HR and other non-production functions. She is an original thought leader for The Lean Accounting Summit and The Lean HR Summit. Jean is a board member of the Lean Enterprise Institute and the Lean Education Advancement Foundation. She formerly was the voluntary CFO of the Association of Manufacturing Excellence.

For over 15 years, Jean was the CFO and VP of Company Services at Lantech, LLC and Marshfield Door Systems, Inc.  It was during these tenures that she developed her lean acumen, driving lean from the manufacturing floor into the business management functions to include finance, information systems, human resources, telecommunications, and others. Jean was a visionary in broadening the lean journey to establish a continuous improvement culture and one of the first true lean enterprises. Earlier, Jean was in finance at Digital Equipment Corporation and Westinghouse, holding a number of senior controllership and treasury positions.

Jean has a BS in Accounting from Indiana University and an MBA from Northeastern University’s Executive Program.