Key Elements for the Lean Business Management Transformation

Presented By:

Jean Cunningham

Session Abstract:

Transforming from traditional top-down management to lean business management requires broad-based changes in management technique and problem solving structure. Everyone’s job and point of view will make adjustments.

In order for a company to move toward sustainable and ongoing improvement during their transformation, significant organizational development is required to implement three key elements: Managing for Daily Improvement, Cross-Functional Kaizen, and Strategic Deployment Planning. These will impact everyone from the CEO to the line worker to the engineer to the office staffer.

During this session, each key element will be introduced and be followed by an illustrative exercise.

The finale will include a model to demonstrate how the elements of your lean journey can create financial value for the organization (in ways that do not require an accounting degree!)

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.