Identifying the Value of Lean

Presented By:

Jean Cunningham

Session Abstract:

Learn how lean activities create value across the enterprise tying to a simple economic model. Value is created not only through cost management, but also through enabling growth and enhancing customer loyalty.  The HR organization can and should be a essential partner in helping to unlock this value. Jean shares her experience as both a prior CFO and leader for the HR function in two manufacturing companies.

Learning Objectives:

“In this session you will learn…”

  • how lean affects economic value creation through cost management
  • how lean affects growth and customer loyalty
  • the importance of organization development for financial and human benefit


About the Facilitator:

As president of Jean Cunningham Consulting, Jean provides strategic lean guidance, management training, workshops, and kaizen events to a wide range of companies. 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 Education Advancement Foundation. She was the voluntary CFO of the Association of Manufacturing Excellence from 2006-2011.

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. Prior to joining Lantech, Jean was a financial professional with 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.