The Lean Economy: People, Process, and Prosperity

During the 2014 Lean Accounting Summit the community celebrated its 10th year.  It continues to grow in size, knowledge and impact on the lean enterprise.  Also during the Summit leaders from a variety of organizations gave their vision of the next decade for this community.  While the Lean Accounting community has substantially developed, it remains with much more knowledge and lessons ahead.  This is exciting!

Understanding and executing the holistic lean enterprise is still under discovery and I believe that the Lean Accounting and Lean Management communities will be the ones developing this knowledge and practice.  One of the critical developments is how the lean enterprise fits into, but more importantly underpins, what I call the lean economy.

The lean economy will be a critical development for the Lean Accounting community during the next decade.  With a clear focus on individual principles and practices for measuring and motivating lean behaviors, the Lean Accounting & Management communities will illustrate how to achieve a higher level of prosperity, at the micro AND macro levels.  This will be the intersection of these communities and the lean economy.  And we plan to be at the forefront!

Jim Huntzinger
Lean Accounting & TWI Author, Lean Practitioner,
and Industrial Historian

11th Annual Lean Accounting Summit

The Lean Accounting Summit, and more importantly the lean accounting community, enters it’s 2nd decade of exploring their role in measuring and motivating lean thinking. The next several years will be exciting as together we move beyond bridging the gap between accounting and lean operations, and explore bridging the gaps between accounting, lean accounting, and the rest of the organization (HR, IT, Sales, R&D, etc.). No matter where you are in your lean accounting understanding, we’ll have something to challenge you and equip you to be a strong lean leader.

Introducing the Inaugural Lean Management Summit

Karen Martin, author of The Outstanding Organization, has been quoted, “For decades now, “management” has been synonymous with managing people. Meanwhile, processes, the lifeblood of an organization, remain largely unmanaged.” It’s in this spirit that the Lean Management Summit was launched. The Summit seeks to bring organizational leaders from HR, Sales, R&D, and more, to work in concert with Accounting and one another to flow value across the organization… across “silos” of the organization.

Two Summits. One Location. One Set of Dates.

What does it mean for you that the Lean Accounting and Lean Management Summits take place concurrently? Register for either Summit and you can choose from breakout sessions in EITHER Summit. More breakout sessions. More options. More learning.


Accounting Resources

Audio and Video

Coming Soon!


Lean Accounting: What’s It All About? by Brian Maskall and Bruce Baggaley
Lean Sustainability Requires A Change in Culture by Michele Nash-Hoff
Lean Principles Must Expand Beyond Shop Floor by Michele Nash-Hoff
Teaching Lean Accounting With a Manufacturing Simulation by Tami Strang
Exploring the Role of Standard Costing in Lean Manufacturing Enterprises: A Structuration Theory Approach by Manjunath Rao and Andrew Bargerstock
Measurement Conundrums by Jim Huntzinger and Robert W. Hall
Lean Accounting for Operations by Jim Huntzinger and Dr. Frances A. Kennedy

The Affluent Investor Articles by Jim Huntzinger

Cost Management: January/February 2006

Cost Management: March/April 2006

Cost Management: January/February 2015


Practical Lean Accounting: A Proven System for Measuring and Managing the Lean Enterprise: Brian Maskell
Making the Numbers Count: The Accountant as Change Agent on the World-Class Team by Brian Maskell
Real Numbers: Management Accounting in a Lean Organization: Jean Cunningham and Orest Fiume
Who’s Counting? A Lean Accounting Business Model: Jerry Solomon
Lean Accounting: Best Practices for Sustainable Integration: Joe Stenzel
Lean Cost Management: Accounting for Lean by Establishing Flow by Jim Huntzinger
The Lean CFO: Architect of the Lean Management System by Nick Katko
The Lean Business Management System: Lean Accounting Principles & Practices Toolkit by Brian Maskell, Bruce Baggaley, Nick Katko & David Paino, and Susan Lilly