2019 Gary Kapanowski ~ Improvement Kata for Accountants - Lean Frontiers - Be Bold. Be Better.

Improvement Kata for Accountants


Presented By:

Gary Kapanowski


For accountants, closing the month-end process is a stressful process. Any improvement in this process is welcome within any organization.  This fits with the purpose of the Improvement Kata as providing a systematic way to strive toward and meet challenges.  After reviewing the basics of Improvement Kata / Coaching Kata, we will apply an accounting example to show how to improve any accounting department’s process.  Using the Kata Storyboard, the example will provide the challenge and current condition to the participants.  The participants will complete several cycles to improve the process and identify any obstacles.


In This Session You Will Learn…

  • Learn Improvement kata / coaching kata with a real example from any accounting department.
  • Implement improvement kata / coaching kata in real time
  • “See and do” active learning will improve participants confidence to use improvement kata / coaching kata when return from summit

About the Facilitator:

Gary Kapanowski, Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Certified ASQ Bronze Lean professional, is cost accountant for Moeller Manufacturing, a leading aerospace part supplier, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt Lecturer at Lawrence Technological University Professional Development Center.  Utilizing experience with metrics and the balance scorecard, Gary earned the 2006 Financial Executive of the Year award from Robert Half International and Institute of Management Accountants.  His current work produced the first re-definition of lean as a business strategy and beyond an operational efficiency tool for implementation.  Gary has presented in several annual conferences for the Association of Strategic Planners, Institute of Management Accountants, and Michigan Lean Consortium along with over 4,000 business professionals and university students in accounting and lean topics.

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