Definitions Lean Accounting Applying lean concepts to drive waste out of the accounting function itself Accounting for Lean Modifying the accounting process to properly deliver information which promotes lean behaviors
Lean Measurement Lean performance measurements drive and support lean performance Strategic Issues Increase Cash Flow Increase Sales & Market Share Continuous Culture Improvement Strategic Measures Sales Growth Cash from Operations Inventory Days On-time Delivery Customer Satisfaction Sales per Employee Value Stream Measures Sales per Person On-time Delivery First Time Through Average Cost per Unit AR Days Outstanding Process Measures Daily Production WIP to SWIP First Time Through Operational Effectiveness
Lean Accounting Primary method of lean control for meeting customer needs and driving continuous improvement Save time, money & confusion by radical elimination of wasteful transactions Understand the financial impact of lean improvement & create a money-making strategy Drive the business from the customer value – not the cost Manage the business by value streams with accountability for growth, profitability, and continuous improvement Simple, direct & accurate way to create financial reports. Very few transactions Value Stream Costing Lean Decision Making Target Costing Financial Impact of Lean Improvement Transaction Elimination Performance Measurement Lean Accounting
An early step to lean is to create a value stream map to identify all the specific actions to bring a specific product through the three critical tasks:
Problem Solving : concept, design and launch
Information Management : order taking, scheduling and delivery
Physical Transformation : moving from raw material to finished item
Lean Accounting assumes profit is from maximizing flow on actual demand (pull signals) from customers, waste is any resource that impedes flow. Control is achieved through attention to flow and waste and excess capacity provides flexibility. The team then prepares a cost analysis for calculating the cost of the value stream, which replaces the standard costing system. With this transition, value stream profitability and contribution margin become the basis for business decisions.