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Learning like they do at Toyota

Learning like they do at Toyota by Jamie Smith, TWI Institute Toyota Kata is not something you “implement,” it is something you practice. You learn, and gain skill and competence in the Toyota Kata patterns by practicing the improvement and coaching kata. This practice is best done with the guidance of a coach in the [...]

Accounting for the Right Reasons

Accounting for the Right Reasons By Jim Huntzinger Jim Huntzinger is founder of the annual Lean Accounting & Management Summit. Read Jim's article titled "Accounting for the Right Reasons" published in the Journal of Cost Management. DOWNLOAD THE FULL ARTICLE (PDF) Join a host of industry thought leaders for the annual Lean Accounting & Management [...]

Decoding Value at the Source

Decoding Value at the Source: The ABCs of Lean Production Metrics By Tom Jackson Tom Johnson has been a fixture at the annual Lean Accounting & Management Summit. Read Tom's article on "Lean Production Metrics" published in the Journal of Cost Management. DOWNLOAD THE FULL ARTICLE Join a host of industry thought leaders for the [...]

The Convergence of Lean and Standard Cost Accounting Part 1

The Convergence of Lean and Standard Cost Accounting Part 1 By Gary Kapanowski The Beatles’ 1969 hit, “Come Together,” said it best: “I know you, you know me, one thing I can tell you is you got to be free; come together, right now, over me.” While there are many publications that highlight the differences [...]

Supporting Management Decision-making: Cost Analysis in the Lean Enterprise

Supporting Management Decision-making: Cost Analysis in the Lean Enterprise By Mark Pickering Lean accounting is evolving to provide information that effectively and efficiently supports management decision-making in lean organizations. Lean accounting practices seek to address long-observed issues with traditional management reporting and costing, which are magnified in lean companies. A significant component of lean accounting [...]

Success is Assured – Transforming Your Product Development Process

Success is Assured – Transforming Your Product Development Process By Penny Cloft & Michael Kennedy Does your company have a continuous improvement strategy for your business and technical processes? Do you use metrics to encourage/measure the usage of lean tools like, K-Briefs, Value Stream Mapping, 5S, Gemba, Standard Work, Plan Do Check Act. The obvious [...]

Lack of Leadership Support? You won’t want to hear this, but…

Lack of Leadership Support? You won't want to hear this, but... By Dwayne Butcher, VP, Lean Frontiers, Inc. It's guaranteed. At any Summit, on any webinar, or at any workshop, I'll hear, "How can I get executive leadership involved in lean?" Let me cut to the chase... the chances are that you can't and you [...]

Lean Strategy Implementation: Success is Achievable Through the Accountant

Lean Strategy Implementation: Success is Achievable Through the Accountant By Gary Kapanowski (Join Gary at the annual Lean Accounting & Management Summit, September 12-13, 2019 in Austin, TX) - The general consensus is that if the strategic plan is constructed properly, then it will be implemented successfully — similar to the idea expressed by Chevy [...]

Why it is important to just get opinions and feelings.

Why it is important to just get opinions and feelings. By Richard Abercrombie The job of a supervisor does not end by knowing the work and training the employees.  The supervisor must also secure maximum cooperation from each individual person. But a person’s opinions and feelings are directly involved in the degree to which he [...]

The Origin of the Simulated Work Environment

The Origin of the Simulated Work Environment by Ken Knight with Jim Huntzinger In early 1999, General Motors (GM) started a project which ultimately became the Lansing Grand River (LGR) plant in Lansing, MI, the United Automobile Workers (UAW) Local 652 would represent members not only at the new project but also the Lansing Assembly [...]