Jean’s experiments and experiences are now distilled into a “best practices” set of services honed by her industry experience and 10 years of consulting with a wide variety of manufacturing, service, and healthcare firms. JCC can show you how you can apply these same “Lean Beyond Manufacturing” techniques in your company.

Through the 90’s, Jean was creating a Lean Business Management environment in her company with great results and much acclaim. Being a CFO who loved to roam the manufacturing floor, provided her breakthrough insights into how finance, HR, IT, marketing, and other "office"  functions can and should provide value add services throughout the enterprise that mesh with the goals for customers and products.

Jean Cunningham Consulting is focused on Lean Business Management which concerns non-operations functions. Though there are dependancies and associations with operations in manufacturing, services, and hospitals that cause significant crossover, JCC clients in addition to operations, are building lean throughout their companies.



Lean Accounting

Lean Accounting:

Best Practices for Sustainable Integration
(March 2007)

Wiley House
Copyright 2007, 309 pages
Joe Stenzel, Editor

Collection of works by 13 leaders in the emerging field of Lean Accounting.

Jean Cunningham contributed chapter 9, "Lean Application in Accounting Environments" (22 pages), with practical guidance and success stories for bringing lean into the accounting function as part of the lean enterprise.  Three focus areas are outlined and ten sequenced activities are explained which when applied will enable organizations to raise the accounting bar to meet the lean challenge.


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Launching Lean in a Global IT Organization

A 30 minute video excerpt from the European Lean IT Summit 2012 presented by Institut Lean France and the Lean Global Network.

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Jean Cunningham on Lean Accounting

A 7 minute interview video by Kevin Meyer from the Gemba Academy

(Part 1 of 7 of a paid training series. See the series here.)

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Jean Cunningham Consulting is a recognized world leader in the application of Lean Thinking to the functions outside of operations in service, manufacturing, and healthcare firms. Our service solutions are based on lean principles and utilize lean waste reduction and process improvement methodologies and tools. 

Jean Cunningham Consulting brings a highly qualified and perhaps unique set of qualifications to the rapidly growing field of Lean Business Management (aka The Lean Office). It is rare to find aptitude, expertise, communications skills, and real world experience in manufacturing process, business management, and accounting all in one place.

Leveraging Lean as a Business Strategy​

See and Hear Jean Talk about Lean

Easier, Simpler, Faster

Easier, Simpler, Faster:

Systems Strategy for Lean IT
(February, 2007)

Productivity Press
Copyright 2006, 163 pages
Jean Cunningham and Duane Jones

Awarded the Shingo Prize for Research, 2008.

Based on real experience at Lantech in developing and applying appropriate information systems for the lean organization.

© 2015 Jean Cunningham Consulting. All Right Reserved.

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Real Numbers

Real Numbers:

Management Accounting in a Lean Organization 

(April, 2003)

Managing Times Press, 2003, 180 pages
Jean Cunningham and Orest Fiume

and Emily Adams

Awarded the Shingo Prize for Research, 2004.

Iconic Lean Accounting primer for accountants and non-accountants alike. Written with no "accountingese", it shares real life experiences of two CFOs implementing lean accounting at separate manufacturing companies and the resulting implications and opportunities for the finance and accounting organization.

Recommended reference reading for the SME/AME/Shingo Prize/ASQ Lean Certification, Silver Level

JCC provides strategic lean guidance, management coaching and training, workshops, kaizen events, and other lean-based improvement activities. Our goals are 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. 


Jean Cunningham

1992: As CFO, Jean joined the continuous improvement effort at Lantech from their first kaizen

1993: As CFO, eliminated standard cost accounting and created product line (value stream) financial statements.

1993-2005: During CFO period, pioneered Lean Business Management systems at two manufacturing companies.

1997: Began on-request lecturing and advising on Lean Accounting and Operations Management

2003: Co-wrote Real Numbers (Lean Accounting, Shingo Prize)

2007: Co-wrote Easier, Simpler, Faster (Lean IT, Shingo Prize).

2008-Present: Principle of Jean Cunningham Consulting taking Lean Beyond Manufacturing and global lean speaker.

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Building Lean Beyond Manufacturing

What We Do

Building Lean Beyond Manufacturing one client at a time...

"The most dangerous kind of waste is the waste we do not recognize." 

— Shigeo Shingo, engineer, teacher and author on improving manufacturing systems 

Lean Management, The Lean Office, Lean strategy, lean coaching, Lean Accounting,